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Mathematical Symbols in PowerPoint for Mac

Sunday, 25 January 2015 ·

This screencast follows on from the previous Mathematical Symbols in Word for Mac.

In this screencast, I show a fast method for typing mathematical expressions involving basic symbols (like × and ÷). This method doesn't require the mouse to navigate a menu nor does it require an Equation to be inserted.

Mathematical Symbols in Word for Mac

Sunday, 25 January 2015 ·

This is an update to the second most popular item on this blog, Maths symbols in Word (Mac).

Stand-alone YouTube

Saturday, 24 January 2015 ·

Increasingly I am consuming media on my desktop computer rather than my TV when at home.

Numberphile, for example, publishes one or two videos a week that I want to watch. However, I've always found watching in the browser annoying. Two ways to improve the YouTube viewing experience are:

  1. install an extension like ImprovedTube (for Chrome) which, as the name suggests, improves the experience of watching on YouTube - stops AutoPlay for example.
  2. download YouTube videos to watch in a media player. There are online services and software that can do this. But you then have to wait for the download (rather than streaming) and I don't necessarily want a copy of the video once watched.

Looking to 2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015 ·

I usually write a start of year post. Here are a few quick specifics.

Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers

Friday, 16 January 2015 ·

Cover of Adam Spencer's Big Book of NumbersThis holidays I wandered through Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers (currently sold out). For teachers, if you purchase from Adam's site, I paid a little extra to also get a Lesson Plans booklet.

New year reading

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 ·

How to Avoid Thinking in Math Class is developing into a nice series to take us back into the new school year.

How teaching should look

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 ·

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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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