Thursday, October 18, 2012

First Date with Math Broadcast

Today was our first live session in Blackboard Collaborate.  I am always a tad apprehensive as to the technical challenges and whether participants will be engaged with the presenter and each other.
I need not have been apprehensive today, and truthfully, really was not too apprehensive.  My co facilitator had all well laid out for the potential technical glitches (of which there turned out to be none for the Broadcast).  Her questions and exchanges with Apostolos Doxiadis were stellar, and the participants had a number of cogent and interesting queries of their own ... even yours truly stepped up to the mathematical plate and posted a few queries. Whew!  Opening Day went well!

The linking of mathematics to a narrative was something new for me, save for the  Brown book, The DaVinci Code.  I now have an additional  list of authors and some treatises that use mathematics to move a story line forward.  Not only are we visualizing math, we are reading for better understanding of mathematical concepts.  I do enjoy learning new things! I never, in my wildest imagination, thought I would look forward to mathematical concepts beyond the basics.  Exciting and new adventures are just around the corner.

While I have added the recording to the VizMath template under the first session, I am going to include it here, and in tomorrow's newsletter:




  1. What fun! Really enjoyed the first session. I've placed a reservation at the library for Doxiadis' "Logicomix" and can't wait to pick it up this weekend.

  2. Great! I look forward to reading your reflections of "Logicomix".

  3. Forget Da Vinci code, Dante is full of math and so are both Alices

  4. Math has always been anathema for me, so I had best revisit Dante and the Alices! Thanks, Vanessa.