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August 15 2005 Vol. 10, No. 33 THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS Kitchen Table Math | TinkerPlots Finding Common Ground in K-12 Mathematics Education KITCHEN TABLE MATH http://www.kitchentablemath.net/twiki/bin/view/Kitchen/WebHome Kitchen Table Math (KTM) is a collaborative weblog that began when Catherine Johnson's son "...finished out the school year with a 39 on his Unit 6 test, Fractions and Decimals.... Later on I discovered that fractions are the 'bottleneck' in elementary mathematics; lives are lost in the struggle to learn fractions." Johnson, mathematician Carolyn Johnston, and other members pursue three goals: "have fun, share ways of teaching kids math, and support people who want to help kids learn math." Register to participate in the bliki (part-blog, part-wiki) and discuss current issues in math teaching. Use the sidebar to: - Navigate KTM - Kitchen Table Math - KTM User Pages - Service Groups - Parent Groups - Personal Pages - Blogs - Special Lists - Help -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- TINKERPLOTS http://www.keypress.com/tinkerplots/ TinkerPlots is software for dynamic data exploration and analysis field-tested with math classes grades 4-8. It lets you stack, order, and separate data to represent them in over a dozen different ways, including - dot plots - map graphs - histograms - scatter plots - box graphs - pie graphs Drag existing data points, and watch TinkerPlots dynamically change measures such as mean, median, and mode. Highlight a case in one graph to see where it is in all the other graphs. Students can create, import, or download data relevant to their classes, or investigate more than 40 data sets included with TinkerPlots. They can also add text and pictures, turning a TinkerPlots file into a colorful report. Download Instructor's Evaluation Edition http://www.keypress.com/tinkerplots/pages/evaluation_edition.php Watch Movie Clips http://www.keypress.com/tinkerplots/pages/movies.php \|/ MATH FORUM DISCUSSION: FATHOM AND TINKERPLOTS http://mathforum.org/kb/forum.jspa?forumID=97 The purpose of this list is to foster communication within the Fathom and Tinkerplots user community. Topics appropriate for discussion include: - how to use Fathom and Tinkerplots effectively in teaching mathematics, statistics, and data analysis - problems (both technical and pedagogical) in using Fathom and Tinkerplots - ideas about the evolving nature of a dynamic data analysis environment -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- FINDING COMMON GROUND IN K-12 MATHEMATICS EDUCATION http://www.maa.org/common-ground/ To advance the discourse about how to improve K-12 mathematics teaching and learning, the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) convened individuals thought to be strongly aligned with different sides in what has come to be known as the "Math Wars." At NSF in December, 2004, and at MAA offices in June, 2005, Dr. Richard Schaar, Math and Science Education Policy Advisor at Texas Instruments, moderated two pilot meetings between these mathematicians and mathematics educators: - R. James Milgram, Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University - Wilfried Schmid, Professor of Mathematics, Harvard University - Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Professor of Education, University of Michigan - Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Associate Dean for Science and Mathematics Education and Outreach, Michigan State University - Jeremy Kilpatrick, Professor of Mathematics Education, The University of Georgia These meetings demonstrated that common ground does exist, and resulted in a document designed to serve as a starting point for future conversations. The full text of the document is available from the site in HTML or PDF format. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum @ Drexel http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/kb/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors Donations http://deptapp.drexel.edu/ia/GOL/giftsonline1_MF.asp Ask Dr. Math Books http://mathforum.org/pubs/dr.mathbooks.html _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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