Wolfram|Alpha Goes Back to School—for Teachers!

August 22, 2011
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Wolfram|Alpha goes back to school

Is it really possible that yet another summer is drawing to a close? Here at Wolfram|Alpha, we’ve spent our summer getting ready to head back to school—building new course assistant apps, adding new data, and even making Wolfram|Alpha interactive with CDF. As the world’s leading knowledge engine, we’ve made it our mission to continually improve and ensure that we’re helping students and teachers around the globe explore concepts, ideas, and calculations on a deeper level than previously possible.

As you look for new teaching tools to enhance your lesson plans this school year, be sure to consider all the capabilities of Wolfram|Alpha. From viewing recent earthquake data to exploring derivatives to comparing elements, Wolfram|Alpha queries can help teachers of all grade levels reinforce important concepts and expose students to researching and learning through the use of technology (and we all know how happy that makes administrators and parents!).

To help teachers better understand how to get the most out of Wolfram|Alpha’s products, we’re excited to announce a series of teacher workshops, free to all teachers in K–12 classrooms and beyond. Delivered online via Adobe Connect session, these workshops will allow teachers to get an inside look at how to build lesson plans with Wolfram|Alpha queries, create a series of widgets for their classroom, and explore how Course Assistant Apps can be used on iPad, iPhone, or iPod in class to supplement textbooks and traditional instructional methods. To register for a workshop, visit our Wolfram Education Group page. Be sure to share the link with fellow teachers in all subject areas—we’ll be tackling more than just math instruction in these workshops! And in the meantime, be sure to visit our education resources page.

In addition, to celebrate the start of another great year in classrooms everywhere, we’ve got a special treat for all K–12 teachers. All you need to do is reply in comments below and tell us (in less than 100 words) how the use of Wolfram|Alpha in your classroom has positively impacted your teaching or your students’ learning, and you’ll be entered to win your choice of one of our Course Assistant Apps—for your entire classroom! Be sure to include your name, school district, grade and subject(s) taught, and email address in your post. We will choose the winners on August 30, 2011. View the full terms and conditions for this contest.

2 Comments

I regularly use WolframAlpha in the classroom with all my students; I make it a habit to show how they can check their work with WolframAlpha.
I have set homework asking students to explore examples using WolframAlpha and then answer questions.
I conducted a survey of some students (UK age 13-14) on our use of WolframAlpha. The responses were very positive.
81% of these students have chosen to use WolframAlpha themselves as opposed to when directed to in class or for homework.
UK – Bromley authority
Mathematics – age 11-18
I suspect this is just for US – but we are fans!

Posted by Colleen Young August 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm Reply

Hello, I have not had much of a chance to use the app in class yet but have had several students mention it to me. I think this is a great way to offer a more affordable solution to calculators and it is so much more than just a calculator! In the future, I hope to use this technology in the classroom to help students check their work and to view and manipulate functions.
Thanks!

Posted by Michaela Warren August 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm Reply
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