Today we will talk about new and old methods of education. Our guests talked to us from Stanford University and from the University of Texas in San Antonio. They are: Dr. Belinda Flores, Department Chair and Professor of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at University of San Antonio, Dr. Lorena Claeys Executive Director of the Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE) also located at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and here at the station Dr. Linda Prieto, also Ph.D., who just relocated to Palo Alto, and had been Assistant Professor The University of Texas at San Antonio for years, and part of the Nepohualtzitzin project.
The specific topic of discussion today is the learning of an ancient method of understanding mathematics, that was developed by pre-Columbian tribes for millennia and today can be re-used to advance and facilitate the comprehension of simple and complex concepts through a graphic and logic way.
The Nepohualtzitzin project had proven that kids in preschool can easily understand concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and even square-root with this method in a playful graphic way.
At the same time, college students for computer science had found their methods helpful in facilitating binary numbers concepts and applications. It can be used for any level of mathematic learning and its visualization.
Nepohualtzitzin was used by Aztecs, Mayan and Nahuatl tribes for basic math all the way to differential calculus and matrixes.
They were used to calculate and comprehend the behavior of planets, stars, seasons and calendars. It was also used for construction calculus and any application on everyday life.
Among the current purposes for the project on the UTSA, the are Nepohualtzintzin project aims to:
- Broadens students’ mathematic reasoning ability
- Provide a structure where learning is anchored to socio-cultural practices and language
- Transform the student from one who acquires knowledge into one with an ability to learn and be capable of continually building and deepening his/her intellectual capacity
- Promote designed strategies for learning how to live in communal harmony
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