Saturday, January 28, 2012

It’s all about the Math…Which adds up to the New Wolfram Education Portal & Math in the Movies…



Wolfram has long been offering educational tools for teachers and students. Its latest is an online tool that offers teachers the ability to easily deliver math concepts to their students. The tool is called Wolfram Education Portal.

Wolfram Education Portal is a free to use online tool that helps teachers with the math courses they are teaching. Mainly the tool focuses on algebra and calculus. Among the many tools offered by the Education Portal, teachers will find an eTextbook, a lesson plan, demonstration tools such as graphs, and widgets such as calculators to solve questions quickly. Soon the site will be offering practice questions with answers.

To get started with the site, you will have to sign up for an account on it and then download its player through which you will be able to use the online tools.


Expose your students to a whole new way of learning and understanding algebra through our dynamic teaching tools and materials. Built by our math education experts, you can trust that the materials cover the topics you need to teach.


The text is dynamic with Wolfram|Alpha widgets, Wolfram|Alpha links, and interactive Demonstrations created in Mathematica


Lesson Plan

The lesson plans are made for teachers to guide a class through the lesson or for the students to read and follow on their own! The interactive elements keep students involved. 



These interactive tools help students understand concepts by working hands on. All Demonstrations were created with Mathematica


Widgets allow students and teachers alike to cleanly enter queries into Wolfram|Alpha and get back customized results! 


Practice—Coming Soon

Perfect math skills with our problem generator that automatically serves up new questions at varying levels of difficulty based on your previous answers.

  • A user-friendly web service.
  • Helps teachers teach math courses.
  • Supports algebra and calculus.
  • Offers numerous tools such as lesson plans, online textbooks, and widgets.

Check out Wolfram Education Portal @

Next is:

Mathematics In Movies: See Movies Clips That Involve Math Concepts – Great for Math Labs

If any movie has a scene that discusses your field of work, you immediately develop an interest in that scene. Appreciating this, a Harvard mathematics professor, Oliver Knill, has developed a website called Mathematics in Movies that shows movie clips that include math discussions.


There are no restrictions on the movie or scene type or the type of mathematics being discussed. The site offers these clips to any visitor who clicks on them. Next to each scene, a description is given and you have the choice to either stream the clip in Flash format or download it as a Quicktime file with the M4V format. The M4V format will help any iOS device owners browsing the site with their device looking for math-involving movie clips.

If you find a clip interesting, you can click on the movie title to be taken to its IMDb page for more information.



  • A user-friendly web service.
  • Offers movie clips that involve math discussions.
  • Includes all types of clips and math.
  • IPOD / IPAD ready
  • Offers clips in Flash and M4V.

Check out Mathematics in Movies Link Here  Math / Harvard.EDU

Educational Applications:

Wolfram Education Portal will continue to grow and develop into a good platform for educators to use for math. They should consider joining forces with Khan Academy in the future or at least provide a link to Khan Academic within it’s portal. Check out Wolfram Education Portal @ 

I am always thinking how to engage the learners interest of discovery of math and why math can be cool. I found this site on one of my favorites ‘Make Use Of’ and needed to share it. Check out Mathematics in Movies @

We have a Math lab at our school that is using experimental teaching techniques and methods to encourage how math and applied engineering is being use everyday. They explore and discover the cool and fun factor of math… 

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