Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Tourist Places in Salem - Unknown Treasure

About Salem 
If you are interested to spend your holidays in a calm and cool place, you can come to Salem. The Famous Tamil Poet – Avvaiyar’s birth place is Salem. Being the central part of Tamil Nadu, it is famous for stainless steel. Tamil Nadu’s fourth largest city is Salem.

Surrounded by hills, Salem is also a part of the Kongu Nadu (Coimbatore and Erode) region Salem is at the base of the renowned tourist destination of Yercaud hills, which offers breathtaking views both along the ride up the hill and from the peak. There are also remote sites of beauty such as Kiliyur Falls.The city is surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of hills formed by the Nagaramalai to the north, the Jeragamalai to the south, the Kanjanamalai to the west, and Godumalai to the east

During the month of July, Mariamman festival is celebrated in Salem for 15 days. Here lot of Mariamman (Hindu Goddess) temples are attracts large number of tourists. This is the best period to visit here.

The amusement Park - Anna Park is the favorite place for many kids. Yercaud hills is near to Salem. The climate in Yercaud is between 13o C and 30o C. The thick forest slopes are suitable for trekking. You can enjoy the smell of coffee and orange in the hills.

Yercaud Hills (Salem's Ooty)
 Yercaud is one of the most well known hill stations of Tamil Nadu, at a distance of 22 km from the city of Salem. These hills form a part of the Servarayan Range in the Eastern Ghats and are situated at an altitude of 1515 m(4,920 feet) above sea level. The area of these hills is also popular for coffee plantations and orange groves, along with an orchidarium, which is run by the Botanical Survey of India. The highest point at these hills is the site of the Servarayan Temple, due to which, these hills are also sometimes referred to as Shevaroy Hills. It is also home to the Murugar group of temples. The place also has a nearby lake, which is famous as a boating site, and also for its gardens.

The town gets its name from the lake located at its center - in Tamil 'Yeri' means 'lake' and 'Kaadu' means 'forest'.The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, which is situated at a height of 5326 feet. Hence the Yercaud hill area is called Shevaroy Hills.

Kiliyur Falls  
The Kiliyur Falls is another popular attraction of Salem, situated 3 km away from the city. These falls drop from a height of 300 ft and are famous for its activities like boating and swimming.

Kurumpapatti Zoological Park is a small zoological park situated at a distance of 6 km from the city of Salem. This park is mainly known for its bird species, like the white peacock and small multicolour cranes.

Situated in Tamil Nadu, Kolli Hills rises 1300 m into the sky. It takes 72 pen bends to climb to the highest peak of this place. But the one’s you should go sight-seeing for would be Sekkuparai and Selur Nadu. They are at the moment being promoted as touristic places and that’s why this is your chance to explore the unexplored. Ever heard of hybrid pineapples? Well this place has pineapple research farm which breeds a variety of never seen before pineapples.

Kolli Hills not being of any use to adventure lovers is not really true. It has now been discovered by the trekkers, hikers and spiritual seekers. The government is going full guns and has already started giving this place a face lift. If the idea of being at an untouched Eastern Ghats excites you then Kolli Hills are definitely worth checking out. If you want to experience this offbeat destination at its best then come here during the monsoons or post-monsoons.. These mountains were sometimes known as 'Kolli Malai', the 'Mountains of Death'. The reason is because early literature records the existence of an image called Kollippavai on top of these hills. This image was believed to represent the spirit of a maiden who lured wayfarers by her beauty and then killed them. The mountain is a site of pilgrimage, because of the Arapaleeswarar temple, which is believed to have a secret path to the Shiva temple in Rasipuram.

Agaya Gangai Water Falls

Agaya Gangai (Tamil: ஆகாய கங்கை) waterfalls is located in Kolli Hills of the Eastern Ghats. Panchanathi, a jungle stream cascades down as the Agaya Gangai (En:Ganges of Sky), near the Arapaleeswarar temple atop the Kolli Hills in Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu. It is 300 ft waterfall of the river Aiyaru situated close to Arapaleeswarar temple. It is located in a valley that is surrounded by mountains on all sides.

Hogenakkal Falls
Hogenakkal is a place in Dharmapuri, where the Cauvery River enters Tamil Nadu. It is regarded as the chief picnic spot in Dharmapuri. This most beautiful place in the state of Tamil Nadu is full of picturesque scenes.
At this point in Hogenakkal, the broad stream of the river Kaveri gets forked. It forms an island from where one stream continues and plunges into a deep gorge to create a lovely waterfall. The spray of this waterfall raises clouds of droplets, which looks like a smoke, hence this place is known as Hogenakkal (Hoge means smoke and Kal means rock) i, e, smoking rock.

The Kaveri River flows in a particular narrow gorge so narrow that it could be easily leapt by a goat. Therefore, that place in Hogenakkal is called Meka Dhattu (Goat`s leap). Taking a bath in this fall is considered good for health as the water of Cauvery flows through a herbal forest before it reaches Hogenakkal. So, numerous people come here everyday to have bath in river.

The parisal is a round basket like boats, which are availed by the visitors to feel the thrill of adventure in the river here in Hogenakkal. It is a perfect holiday spot and one can take the best of it by taking long walks and treks.  

Poiman Karadu

Poiman Karadu is situated on the Salem- Namakkal National Highway, 9 km away from the city of Salem. The main feature of this place is that, from a particular spot, specifically a cave between rocks on the nearby hills, this place is visible like a deer with two horns. 

Mettur Dam

Mettur, meaning 'town with crests and troughs', obtained its name owing to the undulating rocky naure of the land that makes the town an ideal place for the DAM on Cauvery river the life line of north and central Tamil Nadu. Stanley Reservoir. The Mettur Dam is a large dam and oldest dam in India built in 1934.It was constructed in a gorge, where the River Kaveri enters the plains. It provides irrigation facilities to other district farm land.Built at a length of 1700 meters,the mettur hydro electrical power projects station is there.Sorrounded with the hills makes Mettur as a tourist attraction. The upstream of the dam is Hognekkal fall.

Panamarathupatti Lake

This is a Natural Lake situtated near a Village called Panamarathupatti. Situated very near to the suburbs of Salem City. This lake is used to meet the water needs in some parts of southern suburbs of Salem City, and as well as for the agricultural lands around the lake. The total area covered by this lake is around 500acres. Tourists are attracted by the scenic feautres of the lake. This lake is even called as Vedanthangal of Salem District, as the lake attracts many birds during the season.

PanamarathuPatti has fequent bus services from Salem Old bus Stand. A drive will also be a good idea. It takes around 20-30 minutes to reach this place from Salem City. A deviation from Namakkal road-NH7 takes to Panamarathupatti. 

The daily boat ride across River Cauvery in picturesque Poolampatti in Salem district throws safety to the winds. In Salem we have a nice place Called Poolampatti which is nearly 40 km away from Salem city. Every one in Salem please Visit it once.Boat ride Poolampatti to Nerunjipettai in erode.

Aanai Maduvu Dam & Muttal Lake

Total height of 67.25 feet.
Lot of people used to visit here for aadi-18 (ஆடி 18). Nice trekking place is there behind this damn, goes thru forest and then goes up in the hill. It used to be a popular place before the computer and internet age!

Pachaimalai Hills, Attur

 Pachimalai Hills are a part of the Eastern Ghats in the southern state of India,Tamil Nadu. The hills are spread over the districts of Tiruchirapalli, Salem and Perambalur. Pachai in Tamil means green and the Pachimalai hills is greener than the some of the hills located nearby. The rivers flowing through the hills are Kallar and Sweata Nadi. The Veeraramar Dam is located in the hills across the Kallar River. The waterfalls in the hills include Mangalam Aruvi, Koraiyar Falls and Mayil Uthu Falls. The most cultivated fruit in the hills is jackfruit. 

There are many native tribes inhabiting the hills. The hills are spread over the towns of Thuraiyur, Esanai, Perambalur, Gangavalli, Thammampatti, Arumbavur,Malayalappatti, Thedavur and Uppiliapuram. 

Mythulu Falls

Myluthu falls is located on the foot hills of Pachamalai, Tamil Nadu, a place of scenic beauty. Approximately 15 km away from Perambalur (district Perambalur) by road to Thuraiyur. 

A dense forest region, best for trekking and other adventurous activities. A natural stream, suited for swimming. There is also a waterfall, high up in the hills called Akaya Gangai. It is perceived to have high medicinal values as it flows across plethora of herbs with medicinal values.

Kalrayan Hills 

Kalrayan Hills having tourist attraction like Megam Falls and Periyar Falls Gomukhi Dam at the Kalrayan foot hills.The Kalrayan Hills (கல்வராயன் மலை) are a major range of hills situated in the Eastern Ghats of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Along with the Pachaimalai, Javadi, and Shevaroy hills, they separate the Kaveri River basin to the south from the Palar River basin to the north.[2] The hills range in height from 2000 feet to 3000 feet and extend over an area of 1095 square kilometres.[1]
The hills straddle a number of Tamil Nadu districts, extending northeast from the Salem District. The range serves as a boundary between the Salem and Villupuram districts.The Kalrayans are divided into two sections — the northern section, referred to as the Chinna ("little") Kalrayans, and the southern section, called the Periya ("big") Kalrayans. The Chinna Kalrayans average 2700 feet in height, while the Periya Kalrayans average 4000 feet.
The range as a whole is fairly smooth, with soil well-suited for plant growth. Scrub jungles reach up to 400 metres in altitude, while deciduous forests can be found between above 800 metres. Sholas, a type of high-altitude stunted evergreen forest, can be found growing on isolated plateaus. Though the forest stand is growing, due to "habitat uniqueness, human impacts and cultural tradition," conservation efforts are needed.

Attur Karumandurai Kariya koil dam 

This is a capital of the kalrayan hills. this is the big village panchayth. here suituated in primary school, higher secondary school,primary health cente, police station, regulated market, giant orchard for fruit(near 1 Km. here farmers are grown all english vegetable. the main crop of this hill is rain fed tapioca. Total height of dam is 52 feet.

The town of Tharamangalam is situated at a distance of 27 km from the city of Salem. The main feature of this town is the Kailasanathar Temple, which is known for its architectural beauty that consists of very detailed statues and stone carvings, along with a rotating lotus flower in its ceiling.
Kottai Mariamman Temple                  

The Kottai Mariamman Temple is one of the oldest pilgrimage centres of Salem City and is situated in the heart of the city and on the banks of River Tirumanimuthar. The presiding deity of his temple is Goddess Kottai Mariamman. The most popular feature of this temple is its Shevapet Mariamman Temple Car Festival, which is held at this temple every year, between the months of July and August and lasts for a week.

Sugavaneshwarar Temple                  

The Sugavaneshwarar Temple, situated near the old bus stand of Salem, is one of the important pilgrimage sites of Salem. It was constructed during the 13th century AD, by Mamannan Sundara Pondiyan. According to a legend, Sage Sugha Brahmarishi worshipped and performed penance at this place. Arunagirinadhar also sung a song on Lord Muruga, at this temple. The interiors of this temple contain several historical monuments and a statuette of its main deity.

Arulmigi Alagirinathar Temple                  

The Arulmigi Alagirinathar Temple, also known as Thirukoil Kottai Perumal or Kottai Perumal Koil, is situated in the heart of Salem City. This temple was constructed many centuries ago and its main features are its ancient sculptures. Vaikunta Ekadasi is the main festival celebrated at this temple, during which, the place is flocked by a large number of devotees. Some of the other festivals celebrated here throughout the year include Brahmotsavam, Pavithrotsavam, Navarathri and Puratasi.

The Aandaal Thirukalyanam is another special occasion at this temple, during which, a special garland is brought from Sri Villi Puttur, to honour the deity. There are two more important temples nearby that are dedicated to Azhagiri Perumal and Mariamman. In 1854, these deities were moved to the Karapura Nathar Kovil, when the Perumal Temple fell into ruins. They were brought back when this temple was rebuilt in 1865.

EllaiPedari Amman Temple                  

The EllaiPedari Amman Temple is situated near the Government Arts and Science College in Maravaneri, Salem. It is mainly popular for its week long festival that is celebrated between the months of March and April. The main custom of this festival is walking on fire.


The Ayodhyapattanam is a suburban town, situated at a distance of 10 km from the city of Salem. The name of the town is derived from Ayodhya, which was the birthplace of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is said to have stayed here on his journey to Sri Lanka, at the end of his war with the demon king, Ravana. The surroundings of this temple also comprise a Vishnu Temple, with Kodandaramar as its main deity. A weekly market is also held here, which was established by the Taluka Board in 1895.

Kandhasramam is a temple complex situated at a distance of 5 km from the city of Salem. It lies in the extreme northern end of the Jarugu Malai Mountain, on the banks of a stream called Kannimar Odai. This complex was constructed between the years 1970 and 1971, by Santhanandha Brahmendra Sarasvathi Adhyavadhutha Swamy. There are three main deities of this temple, namely Murugan, worshipped as Skandha Guru; Lakshmi, worshipped as Ashtabuja Mahalakshmi; and Parvati, worshipped as Durga Parameshvari.

Kandhaswamy Kovil                  

The Kandhaswamy Kovil Temple, also known as Kalipatti, is a Murugan Temple and one of the richest temples in the Salem District. This temple was founded by Pazhani Kavundar and built by Katteri Lakshmana Kavundar, in the 18th century. Devotees that come to the place are cured by ‘karum sambal’, which is derived from the poison of a snake and is believed to act as an antidote.

1008 Lingam Temple                  

1008 Lingam Temple is another popular temple of Salem. This temple is located in Ariyanoor and is under the control of a private department of the Vinayaga Mission. The main feature of this temple is the presence of 1008 Shiva Lingams, with Nandi in the ‘moolasthanam’.

Sidhar Koil (10 km) 
En route to Elampillai, the place is associated with Siddhar saints and attracts devotes in large number.

Paravasa Ulagam Water Theme Park                  

The Paravasa Ulagam Water Theme Park is situated at 16 km from the city of Salem, near Mallur on the National Highway 7. This water park comprises a green and calm environment, complimented by water games, go-karting, biking, a wave pool, video games, a science park and water falls.

Dream land , Neikkarapatti, salem

Sathya Narayana Sithar Beedam                   

Sri Sathya Narayana Temple is situated 6 km from the city of Salem, at the hilltop of Oothumalai Hill. This temple shares its features with the Swami Muruga Temple.

Siddhar Temple                  

Kalangi Siddhar Temple is one of the 18 Tamil Siddha temples and is situated at the foot of Kanja Malai. Several perennial wells, small reservoirs and waterfalls are present around this temple; and it is said that the water of these wells have curative powers. On new moon and full moon days, special pujas are also held at this temple.

Jama Masjid (built by Tipu Sultan)                 

Jama Masjid is the oldest mosque of Salem, situated on the southern banks of River Thirumanimuthu. This mosque is said to have been built by the Mysore ruler, Tipu Sultan, who is also considered to have offered prayers at this mosque. This mosque was also given Masjid Inam by the British Government, in the year 1862.


The famous Ardhanareeswarar (see Ardhanarishvara) hill temple (one of the 64 manifestations of Lord Shiva, representing the unity of Shiva and Parvati) is situated in Tiruchengode. This is an ancient temple mentioned in the Tamil work Silapathikaram as Neduvelkunru. It is also famous for Chenkottu Velavar (Lord Muruga) Temple, which is situated in the same hill.

300 years old fort

Sankakiri Fort                     
The Sankakiri Fort is one of the historical attractions of Salem, situated 30 km away from the city. This fort is located on the Sankakiri Hills, at a height of 40 ft. This fort has 10 compound walls, 5 temples, 2 mosques and 6 platforms. The significant items present at this fort include the weapons, pistols and jewels of some of the well known rulers of this region, Tipu Sultan and Theeran Chinnamalai. The St. Antony’s Church is located on the way to the Sankakiri Fort
Sankari Durg
This place is popular for Someswar temple, which attracts lots of devotees. There is a boulder similar to one at Maladi hills, which is about 40ft. high and almost equally broad. A well known cement factory is also there since limestone is enormously found here.

Belur Temple

This place is 25 kms away from Salem on the banks of river Vashistanadhi. The white rock north of Belur is said to represent the ashes of the Yagam (Sacrificial fire) performed by Vashista.

Namakkal  Hanuman Temple

50 kms south of Salem is the town of Namakkal famous for its Vishnu temple, the fort and the massive Hanuman. The town lies at the foot of the rock, 200 mts. high and ½ mile in circumference. There is a fort on the rock. There are 2 rock cut cave temples dedicated to Narasimhaswamy and Ranganathaswamy. The huge Hanuman statue is carved out of a single stone.


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Sunday, 2 November 2014


As your thoughts
so your mind
sow good thoughts
power your mind.

The depth of an ocean
Is measured  by fathoms
The depth of the  mind
Is measured by thoughts.

from the book of  power  your mind.

with love


1.Well done ! very good ! Excellent work! How  nice!

2.I am happy you are here.

3.I am very proud of you.

4.You are great!

5.Keep it up !

6.I knew you would make it.

7.You are clever, Talent !

8.Congrats! It's  Beautiful !

9.You have done wonderfully well!

10.You can! And you will make it !

with love

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Happy Deepavali...



Saturday, 18 October 2014


Money can give you bread 

But not hunger

Money can give you a bed

But not  sleep.

Money can give you medicine

But not health.

Money can give you comfort

But not peace.

Money can give you power

But not respect.

Money can give you a degree

But not Knowledge.

Money can give you security

But not freedom.

It is character and character

Alone that can give

You everything.

with love


Fear of death

Makes one forget

The joys of life.

Be cheerful

You  are the childern

Of immortal bliss.

Death is only for the body

It is not for you.

yours loving


Monday, 6 October 2014

Some nice puzzles

Here are some rather nice wooden puzzles found by Noel-Ann on recent trips.  I'm not commenting on solutions here!

Two Marbles

Two marbles - start position

Noel-Ann found this one in Texas.  The object is to get the two marbles into the holes simultaneously, like this:

Marbles puzzle solved

A Secret Box

The other puzzles were brought back from a market in the Dordogne. This, amazingly, is a secret box which can be opened by performing a series of operations.

Secret Box

A packing problem

This one starts off as a rather nice box with a red slab on top.

A packing puzzle box

When one slides the lid open one finds that it is packed full with more wooden blocks.  How can one add the red block and close the lid?

Inside the box

Another Packing Problem

This one has four pieces each composed of two overlapping slabs. Can one fit them into the tray?

Another packing problem

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Important Tips for Studying Mathematics

Go To Class Regularly:
Remember that math is cumulative. If you don’t go to class you will miss important material that will be used in later sections and important announcements.
Get to Class On Time.
Sometime important announcements are only given during the first few minutes of a class.
LISTEN During Class.
In order to get something out of the class you need to listen while in class. Often this can be difficult to do but it is very important. Sometimes important ideas will not be written down on the board, but instead just spoken by the teacher.

Watch for things the teacher emphasizes, even if just in words. This often means the teacher thinks it’s important. The more important that  teacher thinks a topic is, the more likely that it will show up on the exam!
Take Good Notes.
Try to write down everything that teacher puts on board. It may seem easy when watching the teacher, but it often is not so easy when it comes time for you to do it. A good set of notes will help remind you how to do these problems. For some teacher writing down everything may be difficult. In these cases you should try to write down as much as possible.

Note as well that this seems to contradict the previous tip. It is often hard to both listen and take a good set of notes. This is something that one often only gains with practice. You need to be able to listen while you are writing down the important parts of the lecture.
Ask Questions.
If you don’t understand something then ask your teacher. Chances are you are not the only one who doesn’t understand.
Listen When Others Ask Questions.
When other students ask questions make sure you listen to both the question and the answer. It may be that the student asking the question thought of something that you didn’t think of.
Review Notes After Class.
After each class you should review your notes. Note the topics that you found confusing and formulate questions that you can ask your teacher or tutor to help you understand the topic.
Make a Set of Index Cards.
Make a set of index cards with important formulas and concepts on them. You can carry these around with you to look over when you’ve got a few spare minutes. Use them to help you memorize the important formulas and concepts.
Note Due Dates. Write down the due dates for homework and dates for exams someplace you’ll see them so you don’t forget about them.
Budget Adequate Time For Studying/Homework. It often takes more time studying mathematics to learn the subject than you may require in other classes.

Do Homework After Each Class.
At the end of each class budget some time to look over the homework from that days lecture and attempt to do it Doing this will allow you time to really work at understanding the concepts covered that day. Do not wait until the last minute to do the homework as this often results in an incomplete homework set and an incomplete understanding of the concept.
Do Homework Without Notes and Book.
After the first few homework problems, put your notes and book up and try to do the remaining problems without referring to your notes and/or book. In most cases you will not have these during your exams so get used to doing problems without them.
Do More Homework.
Do not limit yourself to just the homework that your instructor assigns. The more problems that you work the better off you’ll be.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Practice as much as possible. The only way to really learn how to do problems is work lots of them. The more you work, the better prepared you will be come exam time.
You will not just instantly get every topic that is covered in a math class. There will be some topics that you will have to work at before you completely understand. The only way to really grasp some topics is to go home and think about it and work some problems. You will often find that after a little work a topic that initially baffled you will all of a sudden make sense.
Keep Old Homework and Exams.
Do not throw away homework and exams once you get them back. The homework is a good source of study material for exams and both the homework and exams is a good source of study material for comprehensive final exams (if you’ve got one).
Don’t Forget Your Textbook.
If you get stuck on a topic that was discussed in class do not forget that you do have a textbook. Often the text book will contain examples not worked in class and/or a different approach to a problem.
Seek Help If You Need It.
If you are having trouble with your maths class you have many options open to you and you should take advantage of them. You can go to your tescher’s office hours, go to the tutoring room or hire a tutor to get help.

yours loving


Maths History-Notation

Notation, language, and rigor
Most of the mathematical notation in use today was not invented until the 16th century. Before that, mathematics
was written out in words, a painstaking process that limited mathematical

In the 18th century, Euler was responsible for many of the notations in use today. Modern notation makes
mathematics much easier for the professional, but beginners often find it daunting. It is extremely compressed: a few symbols contain a great deal of information. Like musical notation, modern mathematical notation has a strict
syntax and encodes information that would be difficult to write in any other way.

Mathematical language can also be hard for beginners. Words such as or and only have more
precise meanings than in everyday speech. Additionally, words such as open and field have been given specialized mathematical meanings. Mathematical jargon includes technical terms such as homeomorphism and integrable. But there is a reason for special notation and technical jargon: mathematics requires more precision than everyday speech. Mathematicians refer to this precision of language and logic as "rigor".

Rigor is fundamentally a matter of mathematical proof. Mathematicians want their
theorems to follow from axioms by means of systematic reasoning. This is to
avoid mistaken "theorems", based on fallible intuitions, of which many
instances have occurred in the history of the subject.The level of rigor
expected in mathematics has varied over time: the Greeks expected detailed
arguments, but at the time of Isaac Newton the methods employed were less rigorous. Problems inherent in the
definitions used by Newton would lead to a resurgence of careful analysis and formal proof in the 19th century. Today, mathematicians continue to argue among themselves about computer-assisted proofs. Since large
computations are hard to verify, such proofs may not be sufficiently rigorous. Axioms in traditional
thought were "self-evident truths", but that conception is problematic. At a formal level, an axiom is just a string of symbols, which has an intrinsic meaning only in the context of all derivable formulas of
an axiomatic system. It was the goal of Hilbert's program to put all of mathematics on a
firm axiomatic basis, but according to Gödel's incompleteness theorem every
(sufficiently powerful) axiomatic system has undecidable formulas; and so a
final axiomatization of mathematics is impossible.
Nonetheless mathematics is often imagined to be (as far as its formal content)
nothing but set theory in some axiomatization, in the sense that every mathematical
statement or proof could be cast into formulas within set theory.

with Love

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Ten Helpful Resources for Middle School and High School Math Teachers

By Request -

Recently, on the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page someone asked for suggestions for math resources for grades 7-12. That covers a broad range of topics in math, but I've done my best to cobble together a list of resources that I think will help middle school and high school math teachers and their students. I have not included the obvious option of Khan Academy.

Get the Math is a super website designed to provide teachers and students with Algebra-based mathematics challenges. Get the Math tries to put the challenges in the context of the  "real world" scenarios of fashion design, video game design, basketball, restaurant management, movie special effects, and music production. Get the Math features short videos of professionals explaining and showing how mathematics is used in their professions. After watching the videos students try to complete a series of challenges based upon the work done in the professions of fashion design, video game design, and music production. For example, after watching the Math in Fashion video students have to design a shirt to match a specific price point

A couple of months ago Curriki released a series of six PBL geometry projects that could make geometry interesting and fun for high school students.Curriki's new geometry course features six PBL projects. Each of the projects is aligned to Common Core Standards. The course is not a self-directed course for students. The course is designed to be taught by mathematics teachers who want to incorporate PBL. The projects in the course can be used in sequence or used as stand-alone units. All materials needed for leading the projects are included available on the Curriki site. You will have to create an account and sign-in in order to access the materials. Curriki accounts are free.

Opus is a service that aims to help middle school mathematics teachers discover sample math problems aligned to Common Core standards. To find problems on Opus search by entering a topic and selecting a grade. You can also find problems by clicking the "browse the Core directly" link on the Opus homepage. Either way when you find a problem you can save it to your free Opus account where you can then generate a Word doc or Google Document of all of your saved problems. You can also create an answer sheet in your Opus account.

MathDisk is a service that teachers can use to develop interactive mathematics worksheets. Through MathDisk's "Math Builder" tool you can design mathematics models that your students can use online. The models and worksheets you develop online can also be downloaded to use offline if you also install the MiBook software on your desktop or on your Android device. If you don't have time to create new materials, the MathDisk gallery has pages of models and worksheets that you can choose from. Everything in the gallery, like everything you create through MathDisk, can be downloaded and or embedded into your own website or blog.

TenMarks is a service that offers an online mathematics program designed to supplement your in-classroom mathematics instruction. All of the problems in TenMarks' bank of more than 20,000 are aligned to Common Core standards. Within TenMarks teachers create class rosters and accounts for their students. After creating rosters teachers can assign practice problems to students. Teachers can assign problems based on the Common Core Standards that their students are trying to reach.

If you use GeoGebra in your classroom, you should bookmark GeoGebraTube. GeoGebraTube is a community site for teachers who teach with GeoGebra to share and find a wide range free resources. On GeoGebraTube visitors will find user-created tutorials, lessons, and worksheets. Visitors can search for resources by age group, language, and material type. All materials are freely available for noncommercial re-use.

Math Open Reference is a free online reference for geometry teachers and students. Math Open Reference features animated and interactive drawings to demonstrate geometry terms and concepts. The table of contents on Math Open Reference is divided into four basic categories; plane geometry, coordinate geometry, solid geometry, and function explorer tools. Click on any subject in the first three categories to find definitions, examples, and interactive drawings. In the function explorer category users can select linear functions, quadratic functions, or cubic functions to explore how changes in variables affect the graphed output.

Dan Meyer has a site called 101 Questions on which he is sharing images and videos as prompts for developing math questions. Each image and video has a 140 character field in which you can enter your question. Questions are compiled and can be Tweeted. Take a look at the top 10 to get a feel for what you will find on 101 Questions. I've embedded one of the videos from 101 Questions below. I won't pretend to be able to explain the larger purpose of the site as well as Dan does, so I'll just encourage you to go read his blog post about it. And if you need more background on who Dan Meyer is, watch his TED Talk Math Class Needs a Makeover.

Incredible Shrinking Dollar from Dan Meyer on Vimeo.

ULearniversity is a free site featuring arithmetic and algebra lessons. On ULearniversity you can watch tutorial videos and practice the concepts taught in the videos. ULearniversity provides instant feedback on your practice problems. As a registered ULearniversity user you can track your progress.

Math Shorts is the latest addition to Planet Nutshell's line-up of  animated educational videos. Math Shorts will eventually have twenty videos in the series. Right now the series contains eight animated videos for elementary school and middle school students. Each of the videos has a Common Core standard aligned to it. All of the videos have supporting materials from PBS Learning Media attached to them. The first video in the series is embedded below.

Suggestions welcome: I have never taught math and I'm open to suggestions for resources that should be added to this list. If you have a suggestion please feel free to email me at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com. 

Thanks  with



Sunday, 21 September 2014


The world is a machine

   We are  its parts.

Why do you say

    you are part?

All are great 

   No one is  small.

The machine cannot   run

   Without the tiny bearing  ball.


with love






Success is better than failure

Failures are also welcome 

If one can learn lesson from them

But perfection is Unique

Which always leads to success.

Then why not stuggle to be

Perfect in Whatever we do?

with Love


Monday, 8 September 2014


control your tongue

control your temper

control your temptation

practise meditation

That is the way

To develop concentration.


Perform your duty

With dedication,devotion

Develop dexterity

While doing your actions 

That is the way

To get job satisfaction.


Do hard work

Be honest in efforts

Always be humble

And never be arrogant

That is the way

To achieve perfection.


with love




It is better to sleep

Than to slip

For the one gives you rest

The other fall from the best.

Don't be in a hurry

But postpone indefinitely

Your wrong motives, selfish desires

And immoral activities

That is the only way to eascape

From the fury of worry.

with love


Friday, 5 September 2014



I don't  care for praise or blame
I try my best
Without caring for gain.

I take it as a challenge
To serve my friends
I want them all to be 
Wonderful gems.

I prepare my notes
with lots of  pain
To give something new 
Is always  my aim.

I love my students
And  never use a care
No cheap talk
For personal fame.

I use my time 
To enlighern them
I put moral values
In tender brains.

I don't know why 
Students respect me well
I feel prould seeing them
Hearty  and hale.

Without a role model
Teaching is in vain
Only what I practise.
That's all I tell them.

I am proud to be called
A " torch bearer" " nation builder"
on my sincere efforts
depends India's future

I am greateful to God for 
Making me a teacher
A teacher is compared to 
Braham, Vishnu,Maheshwar.
 with Love

Sunday, 31 August 2014

How To Reset a Windows 8 Password

Follow these easy steps to reset your Windows 8 password:

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Considering that there are several steps involved, it might take up to an hour to reset your Windows 8 password.

Applies To: You can reset your Windows 8 password this way no matter what edition of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 you're using.

How To Reset a Windows 8 Password

  1. Access Advanced Startup Options. In Windows 8, all of the important diagnostic and repair options available to you can be found on the Advanced Startup Options (ASO) menu.

    Important: There are six ways to access the ASO menu, all described in the link above, but some (Methods 1, 2, & 3) are only available if you can already get in to Windows 8 and/or know your password. I recommend following Method 4, which requires that you have a Windows 8 setup disc or flash drive, orMethod 5, which requires that you have, or create, a Windows 8 Recovery Drive.Method 6 works too, if your computer supports it.
  2. Touch or click on Troubleshoot, then Advanced options, and finallyCommand Prompt.
  3. Now that Command Prompt is open, type the following command:
    copy c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\ 
    ...and then press Enter. You should see a 1 file(s) copied confirmation.
  4. Next, type this command, again followed by Enter:
    copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe 
    Answer with Y or Yes to question about the overwrite of the utilman.exe file. You should now see another file copy confirmation.
  5. Remove any flash drives or discs that you may have booted from in Step 1 and then restart your computer.
  6. Once the Windows 8 logon screen is available, click the Ease of Access iconat the bottom-left corner of the screen. Command Prompt should now open.

    What?! Command Prompt? That's right! The changes you made in Step 3 & 4 above replaced the Ease of Access tools with Command Prompt (don't worry, you'll reverse these changes in Step 11). Now that you have access to a command line, you can reset your Windows 8 password.
  7. Next you need to execute the net user command as shown below, replacingmyusername with your user name, and mynewpassword with the password you'd like to begin using:
    net user myusername mynewpassword 
    For example, on my computer, I would execute the command like this:
    net user "Tim Fisher" a@rdvarksar3skarY 
    Note: You only need to use double quotes around your username if it happens to have a space in it.

    Tip: If you get a The user name could not be found message, execute net userto see the list of Windows 8 users on the computer for reference and then try again with a valid username. A System error 8646 / The system is not authoritative for the specified account... message indicates that you're using a Microsoft account to login to Windows 8, not a local account. See theImportant call-out in the introduction at the top of this page for more on that.
  8. Close Command Prompt.
  9. Login with the new password you set in Step 7!
  10. Now that your Windows 8 password has been reset and you're back in, either create a Windows 8 password reset disk or switch your local account to a Microsoft account. No matter which you choose, you'll finally have legitimate, and much easier to use, Windows 8 password reset options.
  11. Finally, you should reverse the hack that makes this password reset trick work in Windows 8. To do that, repeat Steps 1 & 2 above.

    Once Command Prompt is open again, execute this command:
    copy c:\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe 
    Confirm the overwriting by answering Yes and then restart your computer.

    Note: While there's no requirement that you reverse these changes, it would be irresponsible of me to suggest that you don't. What if you need access to Ease of Access from the logon screen someday? Also, please know undoing these changes won't undo your password change so don't worry about that
    with love