In This Issue
Math Forum  Upcoming Conferences
Thinking Blocks
Google for Educators


Math Forum  Upcoming Conferences
http://mathforum.org/conferences.html
Check this new page to find out where we will be presenting and exhibiting at conferences around the United States. If you are planning to attend one of the conferences, look for the Math Forum staff at the listed session and/or in the exhibit hall.
Thinking Blocks
http://www.ThinkingBlocks.com
Thinking Blocks was developed by classroom teachers to help students learn how to visualize and solve challenging word problems. Using brightly colored blocks, students model the relationships within math word problems while a virtual tutor leads students through the specific problem solving steps. Modeling word problems encourages students to look beyond the surface to discover the concepts and relationships that are at the core of every math problem.
The first two tools are catalogued in the Math Forum's digital community, Math Tools:
Thinking Blocks: Addition and Subtraction
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/26128/
Thinking Blocks: Multiplication and Division
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/26797/
After trying Colleen King's tools, we welcome you to use Math Tools functionality to rate, review, and/or discuss them.
Google for Educators
http://www.google.com/educators/index.html
Google for Educators, a new Web site launched yesterday, offers guides and lesson plans detailing creative ways to use Google applications in the classroom, including:
 Web Search
 Earth, satellite imagerybased mapping
 Book Search
 Maps
 Docs & Spreadsheets
 Blogger
 SketchUp, a 3D modeling program
 Calendar
 Picasa, free software for finding, sharing, and editing pictures
 Personalized Homepage
 Google Apps for Education
The site also offers links to a training academy that will allow teachers to become "Google certified." In addition to completing a web form, Google requires applicants to submit a one minutelong video before the deadline of October 22, 2006. Learn more:
http://www.edgateway.net/cs/google/print/docs/753


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