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Volume 10, Number 21

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May 23 2005                                     Vol. 10, No. 21

             THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

         Create A Graph | Interactive Bulletin Boards
           Learning the Multiplication Combinations


                       CREATE A GRAPH

          http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/

  Due to popular demand, the National Center for Education
  Statistics has completely redesigned their Create A Graph
  website with dozens of new features, including:

    - A tabbed interface feature with active help, examples,
        and templates
    - No limitations on the size of numbers
    - Decimal values allowed
    - Data source name
    - Graphs can be saved and edited later
    - Better printing graphs
    - Print graphs with table of data
    - Graphs can be downloaded in many new file formats
        (PDF, JPG, PNG, SVG, EMF, EPS)
    - Hundreds of colors to choose from with new Color Picker
        tool
    - Choose from 10 different fonts for graph labels
    - Bubble and Scatter graphs added
    - Up to six data groups with up to 50 items each

  For a short period of time, the old Create A Graph website
  will still be available:

         http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/Graphing/classic/

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                 INTERACTIVE BULLETIN BOARDS
               FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS

  http://faculty.kutztown.edu/schaeffe/BulletinBoards/BBs.html

  Students in Kutztown University professor R. S. Schaeffer's
  Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics class prepared
  interactive bulletin boards observing five basic
  requirements:

    1. It has to be educational.
    2. It has to be fun.
    3. It has to be interactive.
    4. It has to have an accompanying worksheet.
    5. It has to count for credit, either normal or extra.

  Each sample includes:
    - link to a larger photo
    - downloadable copy of a worksheet
    - directions for use

  Also visit Schaeffer's homepage:

         http://faculty.kutztown.edu/schaeffe/home.html

  For a complete list of his resources, mouse over the "KU"
  logo at the upper left of the picture of the calculator.

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           LEARNING THE MULTIPLICATION COMBINATIONS

http://erclc.org/StaffPages/David/MultTables/Multiplication.htm

  David Chandler, a teacher at the Eleanor Roosevelt Community
  Learning Center, provides some points on learning and
  teaching the multiplication combinations to go with resources
  that can be printed:

    - 100's Squares (Numbered)
    - 100's Squares (Blank)
    - Flash Cards
    - Flashcard Drill Progress Chart

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             MATH FORUM RESOURCES - MULTIPLICATION

  Ask Dr. Math FAQ: Learning Multiplication Facts
  http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.learn.multiply.html

  Teacher2Teacher FAQ: Learning to Multiply
  http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.multiplication.html
  
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