October 20, 2006
Volume 11 No. 42

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Math Forum - Upcoming Conferences

Thinking Blocks

Google for Educators


Math Forum - Upcoming Conferences


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


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

Thinking Blocks: Multiplication and Division

After trying Colleen King's tools, we welcome you to use Math Tools functionality to rate, review, and/or discuss them.

Google for Educators


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 imagery-based 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 minute-long video before the deadline of October 22, 2006. Learn more:



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