Friday, January 29, 2016

Week 19 -- Don't Believe Everything You Read on the Internet

Bureaucratic Stuff:

Your child should have come home with a permission slip for the upcoming snow tubing trip. It should be stapled to, or otherwise accompany their checkout reflection.


Cool Stuff:

This week homeroom time has mostly been devoted to doing research for POOT. We also continued to work on our Creature Creations for science class. This led to an interesting confluence of ideas as we're doing a lot of online research and we've been discussing how to determine the validity of a website. (Someone was looking at a 15 year-old site on the "angelfire" domain, which is not known to be especially discerning about content.)

I showed the class this website about the Tree Octopus. While we agreed it's a polished and formal looking website. Everyone, more or less quickly, realized that something was up. (If they didn't get the joke by the time we read about the Congolese Brain Sucking Octopus that did it.)
Internet research can be difficult. Training the kids to have an internal lie detector, and to really question what they read is crucial in their education.

My math group spent Friday talking about subsets of the real numbers, proof by contradiction, and the irrationality of the square root of 2.

The Snow Tubing Permission Slip: In case you need an extra copy.)

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