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I spent approximately 30 min. exploring this creatively interactive site on Escher the artist. What a fansastic way to show the relationship between math, geometry, and art! The areas of crystalography and tellelation communicated this concept. The links allowed the user to learn more about his life and his works.
Overall this site was user friendly, however at times some of the tools were difficult to control. It was highly interactive and very creative. This aspect allows the user to not only observe but to learn with hands-on interaction!
11 years ago
I spent about 35 minutes on this website. I love art so I naturaly gravitated toward this site. Escher is an artist that I am not too familiar with. This site helped me understand him better. I feel taht this site stresses creativity. Who ever thought math could get so "artsy". The site was very interactive allowing the user to create desighns. You start with a quad shape and manipulate it by adding balls, triangles and lines.This site helps a student get in touch with his or her creative side. A child can learn that math can also be art.
The applet had some fun but limited interaction. While making designs I found it difficult to control some tools. This applet is not photoshop, but then again its not supposed to be.
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11 years ago
I spent a little over an hour on this site (mostly exploring the web sketch) and found it to be somewhat interesting. I have read a lot about Escher so my standards might be a little higher than others. This site was very interesting however, it seemed to focus on the web sketch a little more than I expected. The quality of material was quite good, as well as the links to other Escher related sites. I think speaking about Escher?s work could make a very good lesson in many different math classes. It was a little confusing at times but in the end I found it relatively easy to use.
A fascinating site if you want to know a little more about Escher.
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11 years ago
1. I spent about 20 minutes looking over the main page, and then I just skimmed the sub pages for additional information. I spent about 10 more minutes trying the tesselation activity on the main page. 2. This page shows excellent examples of Escher mathematics such as crystalography and tesselation. I think these concepts are eduactionally significant because it shows specific examples of important ideas in geometry. It shows the the actual "form" of geomerty rather than just the numbers that you mostly are taught in school. 3. I think that this site has a lot of good ways to enhance the teaching of geometry in the classroom. Such as the tesselation interactive game. It shows much more clearly how to do a tesselation that what a book could show you. here your actually learning and applying it at the same time. 4. I found it rather confusing to use the tools in the simmutalor game. I pretty much got the idea of what they were trying to teach, but it was so confusing to use I gave up after a while. I think the game would be much more effective if the instructions for use were more clear.
11 years ago
I spent a great deal of time here, probably over 45 minutes. There is a lot of information to absorb. The Java application used to draw repeating patterns was conceptually well done however i did have some technical difficulties(read below). I think the explanations on the site adequately explained the details of the application and what was happening when you used it. The site included linked resources as well which were informative. I think that this site contains information that would be very valuable to furthering a students introductory understanding into both Escher and crystallography. I believe that the materials were very easy to use however the server was down at the time of my evaluation and therefore I wasnt able to see the final products i designed.
Server was down when I submitted my choices for repeating designs. The authors favorite designs page was not functioning properly OR i just didnt understand how to view the images; i only say text and a blank page.
11 years ago
This is a terrific web page! It is almost entirely about M.C. Escher. There is so much information! I spent a lot of time here. There are a quite a few links that tell you all about his life and they exhibit several of his fascinating works. They even have a personal letter of his displayed, that you can read. (He sent it to his son after he became a knight.) They also have a virtual section where you can make your own repeating patterns similar to Escher?s works. (You make them by using dots, etc.) They explain how to use it, but it is rather strait forward. This page is a lot of fun and has a lot of history as well!
This is a great site about M.C. Escher! Many links to other sites that tell his whole life story and display his incredible works. A great virtual section too. It allows you to make your own patters using dots, etc. This is intriguing stuff! Check this one out if you need info on patterns, on M.C. Escher, or you are just browsing for fun!