TEDGlobal 2010

Teaching kids real math with computers: Conrad Wolfram on TED.com

From rockets to stock markets, many of humanity’s most thrilling creations are powered by math. So why do kids lose interest in it? Conrad Wolfram says the part of math we teach — calculation by hand — isn’t just tedious, it’s mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids math through computer programming. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2010, July 2010 in Oxford, UK. Duration: 17:19)

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