Stanford and UC Berkeley Create Massively Collaborative Math – 8-8-10 —  [via GetIdea.org blog]

Scholars at U.S. universities UC Berkeley and Stanford have created a free website, MathOverflow, that is transforming math research. By linking questions and answers from hands-on users, each small solution builds toward a larger understanding, accelerating research and proving mass collaboration can greatly expand human problem-solving abilities.

Less than a year old, Math-Overflow is growing quickly. On a typical day, it receives about 30 new questions and more than 30,000 page views from 2,500 different users worldwide. Questions and answers get votes, based on popularity. Contributors include leading researchers, and half its traffic is international. Some questions have already led to research papers naming both the asker and “answerer” as co-authors.

Source: Mercury News [San Jose, California]

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Also see:

nLab -- an open lab book for math, physics

From Questions to Concepts: Interactive Teaching in Physics — by Physics Professor Eric Mazur at Harvard

How can you engage your students and be sure they are learning the conceptual foundations of a lecture course? In From Questions to Concepts, Harvard University Professor Eric Mazur introduces Peer Instruction and Just-in-Time teaching — two innovative techniques for lectures that use in-class discussion and immediate feedback to improve student learning. Using these techniques in his innovative undergraduate physics course, Mazur demonstrates how lectures and active learning can be successfully combined. This video is also available as part of another DVD, Interactive Teaching, which contains advice on using peer instruction and just-in-time teaching to promote better learning. For more videos on teaching, visit http://bokcenter.harvard.edu

Einstein for the Masses - from presentation at Yale in May 2010

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physicscentral.com

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Physics Central – Learn How Your World Works — from the Free Technology for Teachers blog

Physics Central is produced by the American Physical Society for the purpose of educating the world about physics. Physics Central is divided into four main sections; Discover, Explore, Ask & Experiment, and Physics Buzz. It is the Ask & Experiment section that is probably of most interest to teachers. In Ask & Experiment teachers will find coloring and activities books for students. Ask & Experiment also includes an “ask a physicist” section in which students can ask questions or find the answers to roughly 100 previously answered common questions such as “why do ice cubes sometimes stick to your skin?”

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The Physics Classroom [via eduTecher]

The physics classroom

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Student-provided sites from The Teaching & Learning Digital Studio at Calvin College

Student-provided sites from The Teaching & Learning Digital Studio at Calvin College

Digital Studio Sites is a blog with a large collection links from the Teaching & Learning Digital Studio Staff at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) that covers a wide range of academic topics and more. The staff scours the Web for the best, most interesting, and useful Web sites for the classroom (and maybe beyond) on the Internet and continually updates the list of links. Professors can quickly find sites related to their field of study by keyword, search, or by subscribing via RSS feed.

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