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Re: FYI: Free-open source physics book and productivity software for USB memory stick by InSTEDD.org to download - Re: [learnhowtolearn] Thank you, Edward, open source math books

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    John Deneen, Thank you for alerting us to the Motion Mountain open source physics text book by Christoph Schiller. This is a great resource to learn from and
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 24, 2008
      John Deneen,

      Thank you for alerting us to the Motion Mountain open source physics text
      book by Christoph Schiller. This is a great resource to learn from and
      leverage as I work on mathematics resources.

      I am also interested how I and our Minciu Sodas laboratory
      http://www.ms.lt might work with or for InSTEDD and Eric Rasmussen. We
      excel at organizing global teams of independent thinkers. We are making
      good progress in defining a culture of independent thinkers. Thank you
      for thinking of us.

      Andrius Kulikauskas
      Minciu Sodas

      > *Re: **Dec. 8, 2008 - Silicon Valley Conference Aims to Raise
      > Planetary IQ<http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/12/silicon-valley.html>
      > *
      > Below are pointers to a free and open source book in many languages to
      > review and read which can be downloaded on a USB memory stick along with
      > free open-source software for sharing, as well as, provide you technical
      > insights of applied physics in context of the real world where ever you
      > live. Overall, it will benefit youth not only in high school and college
      > courses but also develop technical interests and expertise for a career.
      > - *Physics lab studies using a free open-source textbook:** Motion
      > Mountain - The Adventures of Physics
      > <http://www.motionmountain.net/contents.html>*
      > - *The One Ounce Laptop
      > (TOOzL)<http://projects.mindtel.com/2006/1120.Toozl.zip.download/>-
      > originally developed for a StrongAngel3.net
      > Integrated Disaster Response Demonstration
      > <http://www.strongangel3.net/>directed by Dr. Eric Rasmussen at San
      > Diego, CA in Aug. 2006. Dr.
      > Eric Rasmussen is now CEO at InSTEDD.org (Innovative Support to
      > Emergencies,
      > Diseases and Disasters) <http://instedd.org/executiveteam> **in Palo
      > Alto, CA.
      > *
      > InSTEDD.org is deeply interested in humanitarian collaboration through
      > technology innovation. We are looking carefully at the problems faced by
      > those involved in disease tracking and disaster response, and we're moving
      > forward in focused ways to help them.
      > TOOzL is available courtesy of the Mindtel Project. It is a package of
      > open
      > -source software that enables one to carry critical communications and
      > office productivity tools (and corresponding data) on a USB memory
      > stick. Download
      > the software from
      > Mindtel<http://projects.mindtel.com/2006/1120.Toozl.zip.download/>
      > .
      > Based on this article below, may be someday it will be available on
      > Google's
      > Android mobile phone operating system world-wide?
      > Google unveils Android mobile operating
      > system<http://lists.fiercemarkets.com/c.html?rtr=on&s=69l,13zs9,8mh,8s3p,jthz,704x,upr>
      > First
      > announced<http://lists.fiercemarkets.com/c.html?rtr=on&s=69l,13zs9,8mh,7lw8,2hjk,704x,upr>in
      > late 2007, Android--a Linux-based open software platform created by
      > web
      > services giant Google with the stated goal of "fostering innovation on
      > mobile devices and giving consumers a far better user experience than much
      > of what is available on today's mobile platforms"--promises a brave new
      > world of developmental freedom and flexibility, especially in comparison
      > to
      > the strict proprietary nature of the iPhone OS. Where Apple has limited
      > the
      > scope of the iPhone SDK, restricting developers from creating applications
      > that encroach on some proprietary features, the Android SDK is a
      > veritable *tabula
      > rasa*, limited almost solely by the imagination and technical know-how of
      > the developer in question. Developers who've created applications for both
      > iPhone and Android insist the latter poses far fewer challenges--not only
      > does Google foster a far more collaborative
      > environment<http://lists.fiercemarkets.com/c.html?rtr=on&s=69l,13zs9,8mh,auvy,2y6t,704x,upr>,
      > but it's also easier to publish on the Android
      > Market<http://lists.fiercemarkets.com/c.html?rtr=on&s=69l,13zs9,8mh,6vvu,9qhi,704x,upr>virtual
      > storefront than on the App Store.
      > So why aren't there as many developers gravitating to Android as there are
      > to iPhone? For starters, it's a question of revenue--Google has insisted
      > that developers cannot sell premium applications through Android Market
      > until the first quarter of 2009. Also, at this particular moment in time
      > there is only one Android-powered device available to U.S.
      > subscribers--the HTC-produced
      > G1<http://lists.fiercemarkets.com/c.html?rtr=on&s=69l,13zs9,8mh,e6iw,jhi7,704x,upr>,
      > offered by T-Mobile USA, although handset makers like Motorola and Samsung
      > have promised Android phones of their own in 2009. But make no mistake:
      > Android will have legs. Expect future iterations of the software to
      > include
      > a mobile-optimized version of Chrome, the Google-developed web browser
      > introduced in early September--within 24 hours of Chrome's release, Google
      > claimed 1 percent of the global browser market, according to Internet
      > traffic analysis firm StatCounter. Other Android improvements on tap
      > reportedly include video capture, enhanced download functionality and
      > support for speech recognition and Bluetooth. Expect Android to dominate
      > throughout 2009.
      > All the best to you and your family's Christmas and New Years celebrations
      > and success in shifting into 2009.
      > -- John Deneen
      > ***
      > On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 11:20 AM, Andrius Kulikauskas <ms@...> wrote:
      >> Edward Cherlin,
      >> Thank you for including me and others at our Minciu Sodas in your open
      >> text book initiative for the OLPC laptop.
      >> Yes, I would very much like to write such an electronic book. That would
      >> be a good step strategically for me at this time as I look for new
      >> income
      >> that is relevant to our lab. This semester I taught algebra from my
      >> notes
      >> at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. My students
      >> enjoyed
      >> my teaching and I have heard that it has helped them in other classes as
      >> well. I would like to write up a series of "Classic Math Problems" and I
      >> think they would link together well as an electronic resource and also
      >> could be made available as single pages that could be printed out and
      >> used
      >> in places like Africa as Ricardo envisages below.
      >> I would like to attend the OLPC XO camp the week of January 12-17 in
      >> Cambridge, Massachusetts. That is finals week over here and I have asked
      >> if I might end my class early so that I could attend. I have a ticket
      >> which I can use to fly from the US to Europe. Is there any hope for
      >> sponsorship of a ticket from Europe to the US?
      >> I share Ricardo's letter. Ricardo the main group now is Edward Cherlin's
      >> working group Earth Treasury
      >> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/earthtreasury/
      >> Edward, I recommend that we all work through your group because your
      >> personal leadership is key here for this initiative but also others,
      >> which
      >> through you are all related.
      >> Also, Ann Henry is interested in helping with ESL text books. Ann, I
      >> encourage you to join Earth Treasury as well, send a blank message to
      >> earthtreasury-subscribe@yahoogroups.com<earthtreasury-subscribe%40yahoogroups.com>
      >> Andrius
      >> Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
      >> <ms%40ms.lt>
      >> -----------------------
      >> Hi Andrius
      >> I'm sure there'll be a lot of discussion of open source books. I'll be
      >> intersted to see follow the threads.
      >> I think Pam McLean might be interested in it. She knows a teacher in
      >> Nigeria called Fola (Folabi Sunday), who teaches in a rural school with
      >> very few books (just 10). Mind you, 'producing the best math book' and
      >> 'getting books to cash-strapped schools' are 2 different aims. The only
      >> connection I can think of is that modern books are too long, leading to
      >> high print costs for 300 pages, when a better-written book could say it
      >> all in 75 to 100 pages, like text-books from the 1940s and 1950s, when
      >> there was paper-rationing.
      >> I saw this article about math teaching the other day, that may be
      >> relevent
      >> to iproving the teaching style in math books. It makes a number of very
      >> good points, such as an over-emphasis on 'rigour', making the books
      >> dry-as-dust and killing people's interest stone dead, instead of
      >> presenting material in a natural, visual way, showing what it really
      >> means
      >> in the real world and what you use it for. It says its like teaching
      >> years
      >> of the theory of paint-production, before kids are allowed to start
      >> finger-painting.
      >> http://betterexplained.com/articles/a-gentle-introduction-to-learning-calculus/
      >> I particularly liked the clear way it summarises what arithmetic,
      >> algebra
      >> and calculus are...
      >> Here's my take: Calculus does to algebra what algebra did to arithmetic.
      >> Arithmetic is about manipulating numbers (addition, multiplication,
      >> etc.).
      >> Algebra finds patterns between numbers: a2 + b2 = c2 is a famous
      >> relationship, describing the sides of a right triangle. Algebra finds
      >> entire sets of numbers — if you know a and b, you can find c.
      >> Calculus finds patterns between equations: you can see how one equation
      >> (circumference = 2 * pi * r) relates to a similar one (area = pi * r2 ).
      >> It also makes you think about how much a book should emphasise 1) How a
      >> formula was first found/discovered/proved, compared with 2) Using it for
      >> practical things. What's the correct emphasis for a particular
      >> readership
      >> and age-range?
      >> I have a bit of 'a bee in my bonnet' about the way math is taught. The
      >> dry-as-dust approach to math teaching on my electronics degree course
      >> made
      >> it 10 times harder than neccessary.
      >> I found that reading the nice easy style and diagrams of UK Open
      >> University text books in the university library, made it a lot easier
      >> for
      >> me to read the dry-style text books I'd been assigned on the electronics
      >> course. Math is a large part of Digital Signal Processing (digital
      >> filters
      >> for sound/radio signals, and the stability criterion
      >> (bounciness/undershoot/overshoot) of electronic motor control systems
      >> for
      >> elevators, etc.
      >> Digital Signal Processing might be a good area of applied-math for some
      >> of
      >> our African friends to get into, on a 'hire a programmer' type basis. It
      >> doesn't require much internet access. It's 99% offline work and hard
      >> thinking. PCs are fast enough to do DSP functions nowadays, and there
      >> are
      >> some cheap PIC or AVR microcontroller boards to do real-time DSP and
      >> start
      >> developing some products. It might suit people doing college/university
      >> level courses like Kims and Prosper in Tanzania. DSP comes into sound
      >> and
      >> video processing, photo processing for sharpening, etc.
      >> Can you tell me which is the 'master' Yahoo Group for the 'open source
      >> books' discussion please. Then I can post this myself.
      >> Have a nice day.
      >> Ricardo

      Minciu Sodas
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