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Monday, May 08, 2006

A Question For All The Scribes

I found this comment on Manny's Scribe Post below. It's addressed to all the scribes in our class. That means all of you. Let's work together on this and teach others what you've learned. (I'm so proud of all of you!)

Congratulations to all the scribes - you've been doing some excellent work lately (and maybe helping me convince the math teachers at my school to try having scribe posts).

I have a question for all the scribes: I was wondering what software you are using to generate the math symbols, equations, etc. in your scribe posts? I can tell that you are creating it and saving it as an image, then uploading the image to Blogger, but not what software you are using. About the only thing that we have (that I know of) that could do something similar would be using the equation editor in PowerPoint, and then saving the slide (or just the equation) as an image, but that's pretty clunky. Do you have any software you can recommend (preferably free)?

Also, I notice you often use tables to put borders around items - are you generating the HTML by hand for that, or using something else?

Any ideas you are willing to share would be appreciated. Keep up the good work - you are setting a great example not only for other students around the world, but for their teachers.

This comment is from Karl Fisch. He's the Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. Now you guys are really teaching the teachers! Cool.

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At 5/09/2006 8:17 PM, Blogger mark said...

well since we never taught by mr.k how to generate our diagrams and stuff, we all use paint. This all takes time, some of us put extreme detail. As you can imgaine paint is harder to use than it looks ecause the tools it has are minimal. on the html front, some of us have html experience. Other than that if we don't know any html code we look for code using google or ask mr.k for some simple code. Some of the math signs like pi and theta, i used webdings to produce. Another way to get these signs is by looking at past scribes and taking the image you want to use, but not the person's work. Just taking the actualy "math sign".

this blogging process is tedious but it really helps to review the work i've posted. it's also fun to read other scribes...it's learning while surfing or playing games =)

At 5/12/2006 10:42 AM, Blogger Karl Fisch said...

Thanks, Mark. It must take a lot of time to do in Paint. That makes what you guys are doing even more impressive. I think I'll have my math teachers play around with doing it in PowerPoint using the equation editor, then saving as a jpeg and see if that's any easier than Paint. Thanks for the advice and keep up the good work.

At 5/29/2006 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been studying probability and I just read your article and found it quite helpful. I have a question. When dealing with mutually exclusive events are they always dependant as well. Are non mutually exclusive events always independant or are they interchangeable? Any advice would be great. Thank you.


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