Math sees a future with web 2.0
Is it a match made in Heaven? According to Maria Droujkova, developer of Natural Math and Math 2.0, it is! Droujikova saw the need for math to catch up to other subjects with regards to web 2.0 communities. Her response was to create math programs in which learning takes place within communities and networks-- a mashup between traditional math practices and social networking. This has given birth to the concept of social math:
Droujikova's framework covers five dimensions: mathematical authoring, community mathematics, humanistic mathematics, executable mathematics, and the psychology of mathematics learning and education.
Of those dimensions I was most interested in humanistic mathematics because it supposedly,"promotes activities that an audience can enjoy" in part by "infusing mathematics into robust artistic and musical communities." Full disclosure: I loathe all things explicitly mathematical.... but I'd be interested to see what hiding it behind a song could do! I....don't think math raps really does it for me, though.
But I admire what Droujikova is doing. You don't have to love math, but you do have to learn it. Why should this process be painful? Why not create innovate mashups; why not let math tell a story; why not try to understand math anxiety as a means to dispel it?
You can find more about the Math 2.0 initiative here.
And here's the article [the Journal] where you can read about Droujikova and her framework.