February 1, 2017
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Wolfram Professional Learning

We have a sessions to suit everyone:
1. Face-to-face sessions with Craig Bauling in March
2. Virtual Programme with John Monash Science School starting next week.

Face-to-face Wolfram Hands-On Start Mentor Training

Victorian teachers are invited to exclusive professional development seminars delivered by Wolfram educators to support the use of these tools in the classroom. Numbers for each session are limited so get in early.

This hands-on course will provide teachers who are new to the Wolfram Language the basics for using the Wolfram tool suite within their classrooms. At the completion of this seminar attendees will be recognised as skilled Wolfram technology users. This training is suitable for teachers in all STEM areas.

  • Wednesday 1 March – John Monash Science School, Clayton
  • Thursday 2 March – Kensington Town Hall
  • Friday 3 March –  La Trobe University, Bendigo

Wolfram Mathematica Virtual Training Program

Series 1 – Mathematica Skills PD These sessions will give participants the skills required to tackle all required Mathematics for VCE Mathematical Methods Units 1-4. You will be shown how to use the software to answer exam-style questions, how to introduce Mathematica to beginning students, and how to create worksheets in Mathematica for your students to use.
Free for Victorian Government teachers and $280 for Non-Governmnet teachers.
This course will be repeated in Term 2.

Term 1 – Tuesdays & Thursdays over 4 weeks Start Time – 3:40pm – 4:40pm Mode – Online

Term 2 – Every Thursday over 7 weeks Repeat session in Term 2 beginning on Thursday 20th April (Technical Orientation) with the first PD Session on Basics commencing on Thursday 27th of April, concluding on Thursday 1st of June. These will be 1 hour sessions each week commencing at 3:40pm.

 

Series 2 – Wolfram Mathematica PD Pedagogy

This set of four lessons are designed to demonstrate how CAS (Mathematica) can be used to introduce and explore complex mathematical ideas. Activities will be designed in such a way that will encourage student-centred learning. Sample activities and corresponding Mathematica files will be demonstrated. Participants will write and share their own resources as part the course.

Term 2 – Every second Tuesday over 7 weeks Start Time – 3:40pm – 4:40pm

Mode – Online

 

November 11, 2016
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Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?

This is a great blog post from Dr Stephen Wolfram about his experience working with film makers on the set of the movie Arrival.  The script involves communicating with aliens in binary, analysing alien handwriting and using physics formulas to understand an interstellar spacecraft.

The interesting aspect of the article is how they worked through the issues as they would in real life using current tools such as Mathematica. A great resource for Digital Technologies.

 

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Read the full blog post here.

To find out more about Mathematica see http://www.digipubs.vic.edu.au/pubs/wolfram/home

November 4, 2016
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Wolfram Professional Learning

Victorian teachers are invited to exclusive professional development seminars delivered by Wolfram educators to support the use of these tools in the classroom. Numbers for each session are limited so get in early. mathematica-11-spikey

 Wolfram Hands-On Training

This is an exciting opportunity to learn directly from Wolfram staff and ask questions about using Wolfram tools with students to support computation and coding instruction in the classroom.

  • 22 November – Geelong Grammar, 10am-4pm
  • 24 November – Nagle College Bairnsdale, 10am-4pm
  • Further sessions will be offered in March 2017 – details TBA

Register at: http://www.wolfram.com/training/special-event/hands-on-start-to-mathematica-victoria-mentors/

SystemModeler

Jan Brugard from Wolfram Research will be hosting this session with an aim to create Victorian mentors.

  • 28 November – Kensington Town Hall

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wolfram-systemmodeler-tickets-28776521350

Download the wolfram-professional-learning-nov16 flyer to find out more

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October 6, 2016
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Wolfram software available now

mathematica-11-spikeyAll Victorian secondary schools are now able to access the Wolfram software suite, thanks to a three-year agreement made with the Department.

The Wolfram suite of products includes powerful learning tools across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and is internationally recognised as the global industry standard for engineers, economists, scientists and mathematicians. The suite has four unique applications in the areas of computation, problem modelling, coding and more:

  • Mathematica: Computation software with a broad range of functionality including graphical, geometric, numerical, symbolic, financial and statistical computations.
  • SystemModeler: A complete physical modelling and simulation tool to explore system behaviour across multiple domains.
  • Alpha Pro: A powerful tool for finding answers through dynamic computations on built-in data, algorithms and methods.
  • Programming Lab: An environment to learn programming language and modern computational thinking.

The licence arrangement covers all school and personal devices for all secondary school teachers and students. Each product can be downloaded individually on student and teacher devices using a vic.edu.au or education.vic.gov.au email.   Find out more and get your licence here or go to the eduSTAR software catalogue and search for Wolfram.

Limited professional learning places are available for Secondary Science and Mathematics teachers on Friday 14 October in Carlton.

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May 7, 2014
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Mathematica, computer-based math and the new era of STEM with Conrad Wolfram

Conrad Wolfram Session: Free 27 May 2:30-3:30 at Bastow

Mathematica is a powerful global computation system that can handle all the various aspects of technical computing–and beyond–in a coherent and unified way.  It is industry standard software used in the sciences, engineering, commerce, computer science and software development.

Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician, businessman and technologist is Director of Strategic Development and European Co-Founder/CEO of the Wolfram group of companies. Conrad is also the world’s leading advocate for a fundamental shift of maths education to become computer-based, arguing that this is the key way to address issues in global maths education and move forward.

His widely acknowledged 2010 TED talk  laid out the rationale and roadmap for this rethink and the same year he founded computerbasedmath.org (CBM) to drive implementation of the change.  The movement is now a worldwide force in re-developing STEM curriculum and in February 2013 it was announced that Estonia would be the first partner country.

 

Wolfram Research and Mathematica Software

The Wolfram Group specializes in pushing boundaries at the intersection of computation, maths and knowledge, including making Mathematica software, the Wolfram Alpha knowledge engine (powering knowledge answers for Apple’s Siri), the Computable Document Format (CDF) standard, the newly announced Wolfram Language and forthcoming Wolfram Cloud.

Since 2011, Mathematica has been available to all Victorian DEECD secondary students and teachers via the eduSTAR image.

The importance of math to jobs, society and thinking has increased exponentially over the last few decades. Meanwhile, maths education globally has slipped backwards. Why has this chasm opened up? Computers are the key to addressing this challenge effectively – when computers do the calculating, people can work on harder questions, try more concepts, and play with a multitude of new ideas.

Conrad Wolfram will discuss his major project to build a completely new curriculum in mathematics with computer-based computation at its heart – covering the rationale for the change, how it’s being manifested and how Victoria is well placed to be at the forefront.

Who should attend Conrad Wolfram’s Session? 

Anyone with an interest in mathematics education, in particular, school leaders, teachers and teacher educators, system representatives, policy makers and education researchers should attend. This is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the leading global thinkers in mathematics education and technology here in Melbourne.

Session Details and Registration:

  • May 27, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
  • BASTOW 603-615 Queensberry Street North Melbourne
  • Register here  PLEASE NOTE: This is a free event. When you register and get to the payment section just choose credit card or invoice payment and it will progress through to a zero invoice and not require any payment.
  • A number of regional venues will also be linking to the presentation via Polycom video-conferencing.
  • Contact Peter Maggs maggs.peter.j@edumail.vic.gov.au for further information or polycom details.

OTHER MATH TED TALKS

Check out this collection of videos – 8 Math talks to blow your mind. Mathematics gets down to work in these talks, breathing life and logic into everyday problems. Prepare for math puzzlers both solved and unsolvable, and even some still waiting for solutions.

Support for schools using Mathematica

A range of resources are available to teachers on FUSE and the Digital Learning Showcase.  The Wolfram Mathematica website also has a great range of free online tutorials and support materials for teachers.   In 2013 schools from all over Victoria received Mathematica professional learning via Polycom Video conferencing.

Using Mathematica in the Classroom:

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