SECOND EDITION
Friday Specials

One of Jack's most popular conference talks is called, "Friday Specials". In December, 2008, he presented this as a webinar at Maplesoft headquarters. The following introduction is taken from the Maplesoft website.

"Friday Specials!": another great idea from one of the most creative math professors in the business. Professor Jack Weiner from the University of Guelph is renowned for his energy, creativity, and an effervescent style second to none.

This Webinar will present one of his most effective and popular learning tactics - the infamous "Friday Special". On Fridays, five minutes before the end of class, Professor Weiner would pronounce, "Pens down, books closed, it's 'Friday Special' time!". Then he would show on screen an article or cartoon or letter or something that has to do with math, the "real world" and has absolutely nothing to do with class, assignments, or tests. It is math for fun. He has learned that a few very simple, yet enjoyable and appropriate diversions from the same old routine can make a big difference in the motivation and achievement among students. During the Webinar, Professor Weiner will provide an entertaining and engaging demonstrations of some of his best "specials". Time will be reserved for live Q&A with the audience."

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FINAL CALCULUS CLASS, APRIL 2009

One of Jack's students recorded the last five minutes of his final calculus class in April, 2009. Click on the arrow above left to join the class in progress.

THE LAST LECTURE

In April, 2009, Professor Weiner was honoured to be the first University of Guelph faculty member voted by students to present the "Faculty Last Lecture" for the graduating class. The theme was, "Dare to Be the Best You Can Be!" The file is BIG so it will take about 15 seconds to begin after you click the arrow. Unfortunately, the audio and video quality is poor. You can greatly improve the audio quality by checking the box marked "loudness compensation" in your computer speaker settings.

JACK AT MAPLESOFT

In this episode, Tom Lee has an engaging conversation with Prof. Jack Weiner from the University of Guelph, about the impact of new math teaching tools and the appropriate use of emerging technology in the classroom. Jack is an award winning teacher and the author of "The Math Survival Kit".



NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (NPR)

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Dr. Karen Hitchcock and Glenn Busby interview Jack about the Mathematics Survival Kit for "The Best of Our Knowledge" in this two part interview. You can save a copy of this for later using the links below. Simply right click on the link and choose "Save as.." or "Save file as.."

PODcast from MAPLESOFT

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In this episode, Tom Lee has an engaging conversation with Prof. Jack Weiner from the University of Guelph, about the impact of new math teaching tools and the appropriate use of emerging technology in the classroom. Tom also sits down with Jan Bakus, a senior applications engineer at Maplesoft, to talk about BlockImporter and why someone in the simulation and modeling world should get excited about this new product. In addition, Stephanie Rozek, a marketing engineer at Maplesoft, joins us for the latest news. This episode is also fortified with outtakes. Right click below choose "Save As..." or "Save file as.." to download a high quality version.


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