BHNmath

NEWSLETTER | ISSUE 2 | MAY 6, 2020

Written by Adam Gesjorskyj

A LONG TIME COMING!

It’s been over three months since the first issue of this newsletter was posted, and what a ride it’s been since then! From school visits and mathematics community networking to website refinements and a complete subsite creation, the last few months have been a busy and exciting time for BHNmath. And, of course, there’s COVID-19. Although this pandemic abruptly and fiercely redirected the current focus of BHNmath’s development, it certainly has not stunted its growth. Resources are being added on a daily basis and the site is consistently witnessing its highest levels of user engagement since its launch. As we venture further into the demanding and challenging domain of full-scale distance education, BHNmath will continue to expand and adapt to the needs of students, parents and teachers.

QUESTION AND ANSWER CENTRE

By far, the largest addition to BHNmath over the past few months has been the Question and Answer Centre. Designed to be a virtual “math help room,” students can visit this section of the BHNmath website to ask questions, receive answers and browse an archive of previously addressed questions. Inquiries can involve anything from specific homework questions to broader concepts in any of the secondary mathematics courses and beyond.

Students use a simple form to submit questions and receive email notifications when their answers are ready. In most cases, the questions and answers are then posted in the course’s topic-based archive for other students to easily access at any time. To date, answers have been delivered in numerous formats, including emailed explanations, solution documents, interactive applets and nearly 150 videos. At this point, the archive is most heavily populated in the Grade 10 Academic (MPM2D1), Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U1) and Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U1) courses.

Although plans to develop this subsite originated well before the surfacing of COVID-19, the pandemic’s impact on education was undoubtedly a catalyst in making it a reality! Many thanks to the students that are using this service, as well as to the teachers and parents that are promoting it. With every question submitted, the Question and Answer Centre becomes a more valuable resource for current and future students.

These videos answered my questions very well! Looking back at the questions now, I can see clearly where I went wrong.

Student

WHY USE THE QUESTION AND ANSWER CENTRE?

  • customized, original and high quality answers are delivered with a low turnaround time
  • most questions/answers are catalogued and posted for all  students to reference
  • students can easily attach images (or other file types) of their work and receive personalized feedback
  • questions can extend far beyond assistance with textbook problems

What a huge plus that’s going to be for kids moving forward.

Teacher

NEW ICONS

For improved visual representation, the students and teachers user icons have been updated across the site. The current icons are shown below.

WELCOME, PARENTS!

The following video, which was originally created to accompany a Fields MathEd Forum presentation on parent engagement in mathematics education, has been posted to the Parent homepage to welcome parents and give an overview of BHNmath from a parent perspective.

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A MESSAGE FROM MARKUS

Markus Hohenwarter, the creator of the incredible GeoGebra software, kindly sent a video shout-out to the students attending the Coding for Mathematics workshop at Assumption College School in February. Here’s his message!

Play Video

TOOLS FOR TEACHERS

The Teachers homepage now contains a Tools section. Complete with numerous tutorial videos, these tools are designed to assist teachers in their creation of classroom materials and other tasks. The Tools section currently features the following:

THE GRAPH TOOL
A tool for quickly creating great looking graphs and grids for use in documents, presentations and other learning/teaching materials.

THE TRIG TOOL
A tool for easily creating custom terminal arm diagrams for trigonometry resources.

Both of the above tools require GeoGebra Classic 5 to run. This software is already installed on school computers and will launch automatically after double-clicking on the tool’s file. If needed elsewhere, GeoGebra Classic 5 can be downloaded free of charge here.

If you have an idea for a new tool, please use the Resource Request Form to request it! 

CEMC PROBLEMS OF THE WEEK

The famous CEMC Problem Of The Week documents for Grades 9/10 and 11/12 are now posted on the Student and Teacher homepages. Both the current problems and the solutions to the previous week’s problems are available and updated regularly.

NEWLY ADDED OLD RESOURCES

A slew of previously existing YouTube and GeoGebra resources have been given a makeover and added to their corresponding courses. These resources, which cover a variety of topics, include approximately 30 interactive applets and 10 videos.

TRANSFORMATION APPLETS UPDATE

All interactive applets based on transformations of functions have been updated to include input boxes beside the sliders. This feature allows teachers and students to jump to specific values instead of only arriving at them incrementally using the slider.

Recently added resources

Here are the five resources most recently created for BHNmath (excluding Question and Answer Centre resources):

Course: 10 Academic (MPM2D1)
Topic: Coordinate Geometry
Type: Interactive Review Problems
Target: Students
Location: Coordinate Geometry
Notes: Inspired by a conversation with a parent. Twenty questions and solutions to review the Coordinate Geometry unit.

Course: Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U1) and AP Calculus (MCV4UP)
Topic: The Associative Law of Vector Addition
Type: Video
Target: Students
Location: Introduction to Vectors
Notes: Requested by a student. A visual explanation of the associative law of vector addition. Videos for the commutative and distributive laws were also created and can be accessed from the same location. The file for the PowerPoint presentation used in these videos can be downloaded for teacher use.

Course: 10 Academic (MPM2D1)
Topic: Combinations of Transformations
Type: Interactive Applet
Target: Students and Teachers
Location: Quadratic Relations
Notes: Requested by a teacher. An interactive applet to explore transformations of the graph of y=x².

Course: 10 Academic (MPM2D1)
Topic: Lines and Triangles
Type: Interactive Applet
Target: Students and Teachers
Location: Coordinate Geometry
Notes: Inspired by a conversation with a teacher. An Interactive applet to investigate medians, perpendicular bisectors and altitudes of triangles.

Course: 10 Academic (MPM2D1)
Topic: Triangle Geometry
Type: Interactive Applet
Target: Students and Teachers
Location: Coordinate Geometry
Notes: Inspired by a conversation with a teacher. An Interactive applet to explore the geometry of triangles, including the Euler line.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR BHNmath?

  • Servicing the very active Question and Answer Centre.
  • Continuing the development of resources based on requests from students, teachers and parents, including an interactive exam review and a really cool battleship game!

Stay safe and wash your hands!
– Adam