ANALYZING WOLFRAM ALGEBRA COURSE ASSISTANT FEATURES AND TOS

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Hello ECI832!

The feeling of reviewing a math app for a mathematics teacher is nothing but a treat and if such app has a potential to transform the old boring perception of a math class into an exciting experience is just like a cherry on the top. Wolfram algebra course assistant is a wonderful app which is devoted to helping students master the art of solving algebra problems, integration of such technology into the classroom helps math teachers to deliver the subject more efficiently where students can find n number of ways to solve a particular problem. I don’t think to define what this application does using words, does it justice. My video review below might give you a clear idea of what this application has to offer.

Terms of Services and Privacy Policy

Wolfram service specifies in their terms of services that if the user is under age 18 they may use Wolfram applications only if they have permission from a parent, legal guardian, or teacher. By using their service, the user acknowledges that they are over the age of 18 and legally able to form contracts or that an adult with authority to act on their behalf has agreed to these terms and to be accountable for ensuring your compliance with them in your use of the service. By putting input into Wolfram application in the form of a query, the users are not giving up any of the ownership or rights to the content. The Privacy policy further assures that as a service provider they comprehend the user’s apprehensions about how your information is used and shared, and they endeavor to use such information cautiously and sensibly.

The application or the website collects both personally identifiable data about the user and non-personally-identifiable data about the user’s experience when they access the Wolfram services. The personal data that they collect on their website or through their service consists of data that the user submits such as name, email address, and other personal information that the user willingly deliver. Since involvement in these actions is voluntary, the user has a choice whether or not to disclose such data. In addition to that, the application or the website collects non-personally recognizable data whenever the user interacts with the websites, including Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, geographical region, referral URLs, and other data automatically supplied by common web browsers. The service provider acknowledges that they may release personally identifying information only in the circumstances where they have to comply with lawful court orders. Overall, I believe that their privacy policy is straightforward and safe for young users.

 Wolfram algebra course assistant is a great educational application to integrate technology into the math classroom and make it fun and interesting experience. For now, I would love to hear your thoughts and concerns in the comments about using Wolfram algebra in the classroom and would you think about using it in your school?

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REVIEWING ALGEBRA COURSE ASSISTANT

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Hello ECI832!

There is a heated debate about the effects of using technology in teaching mathematics. In traditional math classrooms, the educator leads a great demonstration of skills on the black or whiteboards followed by an individual practice. Students sit in line looking at the educator as they demonstrate the procedure to learn. Fortunately, this image of a traditional math lesson is changing. Integration of technology in the math classroom has increased and thanks to technology and few wonderful math educational apps the whole perception learning and teaching of mathematics has changed. Many believe that an algebra class can be a boring and stressful experience, and for whatsoever reason, students think that only a teacher can help them to calculate the algebraic problems with appropriate steps. Wolfram algebra course assistant can be an excellent aid for students which has the potential to make algebra class easy and interesting.

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The Wolfram Algebra Course Assistant answers students precise algebra problems instantly, showing them how to solve the problems step by step.The applications cover the below topics applicable to Algebra.

This math application is devoted to helping students master the art of solving algebra problems, integration of such technology into the classroom helps math teachers to deliver the subject more efficiently where students can find n number of ways to solve a particular problem. Instead of solving few problems in one session of a math class the application aids teachers to hand out numerous problems to students where they can try it on their own after a detailed explanation of the topic by the teacher. One of the finest features of this application is its ability to solve complex and simple equations in a precise and rapid manner. It also has the ability to track polar paths from any function of your choice. This will absolutely be a boon to students who are struggling from understanding algebra and application is compatible for both iOS and Android devices and allows the user to do mathematical operations by just entering the equations on a touch screen of smart devices such as tablets, smartphones. The application is available for download in play store and apple store for a just 2.59 $. Given its multiple abilities to calculate a range of algebraic equations, from simple to complex problems, the application can be used in math classes. Obviously, the idea is not to teach children how to solve equations, but to integrate technology into the classroom and make them practice more problems than one can do in a regular class.

Wolfram algebra course assistant is a great educational application that helps integrate technology into the math classroom and make the concepts of algebra fun and interesting experience. In my next blog post, I will dig deep into the application by analyzing its various features hands-on, its terms of services, privacy policy and try few algebraic equations. For now, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments about Wolfram algebra course assistant in education and would you think about using it in your classroom and do you think that can the application ease the process of understanding the complex subject for students?

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SUMMARY OF LEARNING- ECI832

Hello Everyone!

I just can’t believe that how fast this semester went and now, I am actually summarizing it and sharing my journey in ECI832 on Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy. It was a great learning experience and collaborating with everyone made it more interesting and I gained an enormous amount of information.  I was very excited to learn alongside with my classmates, reading your views every week gave me a different perspective on each topic.  I look forward to working with everyone again. Thank ’s to Dr. Alec couros and my fellow classmates for this extraordinary semester of insight encouragement and growth.

Thank you.

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REVIEWING HANDWRITING CALCULATOR

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The feeling of reviewing a math app for a mathematics teacher is just like a kid opening a present. I was excited about every step and to be honest I was very happy the whole time in the due process. An app which actually recognizes complex mathematical equation was all that needed to make my day. The application permits the user to literally write calculations with their finger and the results are calculated instantly and how cool is that. I don’t think to describe what this application does using words, does it justice. My video review below might give you a clear idea of what this application has to offer.

Given its multiple abilities to calculate a range of mathematical equations, from simple to complex problems, the application can be used in math classes. Obviously, the idea is not to teach children how to solve equations, but to integrate technology in the classroom. It could be a great addition into a math class to transform a perception of a boring math session into an interesting discovery of an application which allows them to do mathematical operations with a freehand script of expressions on the touch screen of their smart devices. Children can learn to use technology and simultaneously solve mathematical equations, they write equations by hand, the application processes those equations and converts them into digital format and calculate the answer. Children can use scribble out motions to eliminate parts of the equations if necessary.

My Script calculator is a great educational application that helps integrate technology into the math classroom and make it fun and interesting experience. For now, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments about My Script calculator in education and would you think about using it in your classroom or school?

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SCRIBBLE OUT A MATH EQUATION TO GET ANSWER

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Hello ECI832!

As a mathematics lecturer and a math lover, I am having a great time reviewing the features of MyScript Calculator and to be honest I am also having a lot of fun using the app itself. From my 7 years of teaching experience, I have sensed a great deal of anxiety in my students whenever they listen to the course name or just the name math makes them uncomfortable. Even outside the classrooms the more I talk to people about math, the more I hear this word: “I don’t like math because math problems have only one answer. I’m really bad at math how can I get better. Thanks to technology and few wonderful math educational apps the whole perception of mathematics has changed. Many believe that a mathematics class can be a traumatic experience, and for whatsoever reason, individuals link math closely to intelligence. Many think that if you are genius and smart, you can do the math and, if you are not smart, you can’t, but I totally disagree with this statement. Math can be fun and few interesting apps make math even easier, fun experience and one of such app is My script calculator.

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MyScript Calculator is a charismatic application which is compatible for both iOS and Android devices and allows the user to do mathematical operations with the freehand script of expressions on a touch screen of smart devices such as tablets, smartphones. This is a free application which won the Mobile App Showdown award at CES 2013. Our smartphone’s these days contains a rudimentary calculator, but entering complex math isn’t always easy and is not always user-friendly but MyScript Calculator permits the user to write out math operations as one would write on paper and then solve them. The simple looking main screen of the application resembles a graph sheet where the user can script or scribble a mathematical operation and in the top right corner of the screen we have the options to redo or undo the work or you can just scribble on the calculations and it is gone. In the top left corner, the user can open a menu where they can access the configuration with options to configure the number of decimals displayed by the application, go to the left-handed entry and other operations. The application also has an interesting environment called palm rejection, when turned on, the application will overlook the part of the hand that touches the screen, it is useful for those who obviously put their hand on the writing surface of the device when drawing the numbers with a stylus.

The application is ideal for students or any individuals who want to make a swift calculation, MyScript Calculator converts numbers and symbols written by hand in a clear notation instantly and then shows the user answer of a mathematical expression.  The user can perform various operations such as addition, subtract, multiply and division, and the application does not limit to that extent. The user can also solve complex trigonometric and calculus functions by writing the problems on the screen. The application supports surprisingly complex expressions, which allow the user to add exponents, draw the root symbol for square roots, draw a line to divide by another number etc.

Terms of services :
My script calculator specifies in their privacy policy that neither the sites nor any MyScript Products are intended for children under the age of 13. By agreeing to the terms of services, the user agrees to comply with all the terms and conditions of the Privacy Policy. MyScript states that it is committed to continuously developing innovative services to better serve users of their technology and recognize that privacy as an important aspect, therefore they have designed and manage their services keeping in mind the protection of privacy of their users. This Policy describes the types of personal information that they collect when using MyScript application or their sites and are intended to provide services and develop the application. The personal identifying information which is collected is deleted within three months after a user deletes their account. My script claims that they do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 and will delete such personal information as early as possible. A commendable aspect of the privacy policy is that the service provider assures that they do not rent or sell any personal identifying information to other establishments or individuals, without the user’s consent. Overall, I believe that their privacy policy is straightforward and pretty safe for young users.

Finally, I believe that MyScript Calculator is a fun, extremely helpful educational application which can help students and teachers in making math class or a math assignment a fun and joyful experience. In my next post, I will be digging deep into the application by performing some simple to complex mathematical operation. For now, I would love to hear your thoughts and concerns on MyScript Calculator and its educational value and usage?

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REACHING BEYOND THE SCHOOL WALLS

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Hello ECI832!

Technology is already sweeping through classrooms and as educators, we are well aware of it. Education today is drastically evolving and so are our students. Today’s children are budding up in a digital world and Social media is integrated as a dominant part of our youngsters. Teaching in this digital era for the students who consider themselves as digitally a step ahead of their teachers poses many challenges for educators. We are sometimes worried that what we produce does not extend beyond the walls of our classroom and thanks to social media and technology we can take teaching and education beyond the walls of classroom and Instagram can be an ideal tool for it.

As I have stated before in few of my blog posts, one of the hardest task for a teacher is to make students pay attention in the class when most of them these days are busy sneak peeking at their phones, So, if we can’t beat them lets join them. Educators can make use of Instagram to post short videos and photos to give a highlight of the day’s content and also summarize the content covered in the days. It is a great way to showcase live examples to students from its story feature, we can connect with children, parents, and colleagues. Right from artistically broadcasting class assignments to sharing teaching moments and ideas through photos, as educators we can find numerous unique ways to use Instagram in educational setup.

Social media in the classroom is a great way to attract students towards interactive education. In this digital age, our classroom must not necessarily be, how it used to be when we were students. For educators, there are many exciting tools to help our students and Instagram is one among them, incorporating Instagram in the classrooms is one of the easy and effective ways to make education fun in the classroom and to take it way beyond the classroom walls. Instagram encourages collaboration, today’s children are already collaborated outside school but in a different context, but if we

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incorporate Instagram in school activities we can collaborate students about the school activities in the school and also beyond the school walls. It helps to build a community within the classroom, students engage in knowledge building together around a new topic or an idea, like have student browse historical photos and create a bulletin board or poster display. It helps to build creativity in students while they are given a task to create an image or a poster in the educational context, it also aids to showcase their work and get instant feedback from teachers, friends, and family. This helps students to refine and develop their artistic abilities and provide them confidence.

There are many educational benefits of Instagram in the educational context. The article 10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom narrates 10 awesome ways we can use Instagram in the classroom. Another article in Emerging Ed Tech goes a step ahead in explaining Instagram and how can the application deliver educational benefits and finally if you still have a question on why schools should be using Instagram this article might change your perspective on this amazing multimedia application. To wrap this post, I would like to know, as an educator what do you think about Instagram? have you used it in your classroom, if yes How?

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A DAY IN MY LIFE AROUND MEDIA.

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This week’s assigned blog post task kept me really thinking. Do I have to catalog my whole day I spend on media? Looks like I should, I got a bit worried because I was not sure what this will divulge about me but guess what, in a way, I was excited. So, here I go. My alarm goes off on my phone at 6:30 AM and I stumble around to search my phone and hit snooze so that I get another 10 minutes of sleep, after the alarm goes off for another couple of times and I repeat the process of snoozing it, that’s when I decide it’s time to start my day. What is the first thing I do?  Obviously, I grab my phone and check my emails and once I am done with that, I check my WhatsApp application to see what was going around back home(India) In my social groups when I was asleep.

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Once I am done with my WhatsApp then I quickly move onto the twitter app on my phone to see if anything interesting has been posted since I last checked night. If there’s something of my interest I spend some time with it, quickly retweet it or else just move on to check what’s the weather looks like for the day. After I grab my cup of tea I prefer to use apps like BBC, CNN etc.  These applications give me a sense of what is going around the world, I also prefer to keep a close watch on the news going around back home so I prefer to have another look on few other reliable news applications such as NDTV, TIMES NOW etc. I love music and online radio streaming stations are my preferences. I stream various radio stations on my phone and few other devices while at home or when I am at the university. I enjoy hearing to my favorite channel on my way to university to get an update on recent events in sports, entertainment, politics, weather.

At lunchtime, I check my emails again for any new messages and of course all my social media application. As I scroll through many applications on my phone I check out what’s happening in the news. I guess I am kind of addicted to those news applications on my phone. As I finish my day and head back home I open my transit app to check my ride back. Once I am back home I involve in group chats on WhatsApp, watch a few more Snapchat/ Instagram stories, read a few tweets and call it a day.

Back in the good old days, when individuals got their news mostly from newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, it was usually very easy to figure out when someone was spreading fake news, but internet and social media has made it complicated. News

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irrespective of true or fake its spread within no time and Some websites intentionally write false, amusing stories and try to pose themselves off as real. My personal strategies for analyzing and validating information on whether the news is fake or real is to validate them with various trusted media networks. Whenever I see a news I always try to look for the same form other sources and confirm its validity. I always consider the source, When I read any news section, I always consider the source before trusting or sharing it and check the article’s sources like looking at the author’s information to validate if they are real, reliable and trustworthy.

Finally, it is very important to be informative about identifying fake news, the article,  Evaluating sources in a “post-truth” world: Ideas for teaching and learning about fake news, is an excellent resource that contains a number of different lesson plans and activities regarding the challenges of fake news. To wrap this post, I would like to know how do you plan to tackle fake news? And if you find one on social media websites how often do you flag or report it?

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