This morning I was pleased to discover that my blog appears on OnlineUniversities.com‘s blog in their list of the 50 Best Blogs for Education Leaders; it was one of the five blogs listed in the Subject Specific category. What a nice surprise. I’m very honored for the recognition! This is the first I’d read their…

# Category: Academic Technology

## How to email all the students in your class with only two clicks of your mouse

[Update: thanks to one of the comments below, I could rename this post “How to email all the students in your class with only one click of your mouse.”] This post has no math in it. But it may be helpful to teachers (and others who regularly email a group of people). I often have…

## New applets page

Over the last few years I’ve made quite a few web applets. But they have been scattered all over the place. As a good end-of-semester project I decided to consolidate all of them and create an applets page. Enjoy.

## Cobweb plots for the logistic map: a Geogebra applet

A few days ago I posted Geogebra applets illustrating discrete dynamical systems. I was using these in a differential equations lecture that I gave. In the next lecture I showed the students how to draw cobweb plots for 1-dimensional discrete dynamical systems. A discrete dynamical system is a function in which the range is a…

## An applet illustrating a continuous, nowhere differentiable function

Open any calculus book and you will find a discussion about how differentiability implies continuity, but continuity does not imply differentiability. The absolute value function is the standard example of a continuous function that is not differentiable (at ). The inquisitive student may ask: how bad can continuous, nondifferentiable functions get? Can we make a…

## Applet for discrete dynamical systems

I’m teaching the last two weeks of one of my colleagues’ Differential Equations course. I’m leading the class through a chapter on discrete dynamical systems. In preparation for the first lecture I created a couple of java applets using Geogebra. I thought others might be interested in them, so I’m linking to them here. The…

## A new way to collaborate: DropBox

I have a long-time collaborator who lives in Georgia (I’m in Pennsylvania). I’ve had good luck collaborating with him via email, but it is a pain. As soon as one of us edits a file he sends it to the other person as an email attachment. We haven’t had any “forked” files, but we do…

## An applet for teaching the limit of a sequence

I’m currently teaching real analysis. Right now we’re discussing limits of sequences. The definition is: The limit of a sequence is (or converges to ) if, given any , there exists a natural number such that for all . I used GeoGebra to create the following applet, which illustrates the definition of a limit. (Clicking…

## LaTeX now available in Google Docs

Google Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist (yes, that is really his title) and inventor of the internet Vint Cerf visited our campus a couple of years ago. At one point he asked about what people wanted from Google. I said that I would love a Google Docs/LaTeX mashup. How great would it be for…

## A wiki about blogs

I just added my blog to the Mathematics/Statistics page of the Academic Blog Portal. As the name implies, this is a resource for gathering together links to academic blogs. The FAQ gives the purpose of the blog: This is a portal that is intended to provide resources for (a) academic bloggers, and (b) people who want…