June 8, 2007
Volume 12 No. 23

In This Issue

Tim's Interactive Puzzle Solution Center

Smartkiddies Mathematics

Technology in Hand


Tim's Interactive Puzzle Solution Center


Tim Sakharov offers a variety of interactive puzzles. "Easier" ones include "Find three different numbers whose sum equals to their product" and "Find out which colors will be on opposite faces of a cube whose faces are shown unfolded." Among those Tim ranks "most difficult": "Eight Queens" and "Arrange dominos on a board so that none can slide and leave as many holes as you can."

Some let you change the size of puzzle tiles and other initial parameters.

Smartkiddies Mathematics


This site offers free interactive lessons, number challenge exercises, worksheets -- and visual reporting for instant feedback. Levels correspond to Australia's curriculum. Modules range from whole number to position and chance, to problem solving to algebraic techniques and linear relationships.

Requires JavaScript and Flash. Developed and owned by Australian Primary School teachers all currently working with the Department of Education.

Technology in Hand


Texas Instruments has compiled 55 ideas from over 150 submitted on how educators are helping their students purchase technology. Use the link to "Creative Funding Ideas" to view them. In addition they have posted four "Educator Funding Stories," including

Flexible Payments Put Graphing Calculators into Every Student's Hand
Submitted by: Ethel Edwards
Topeka Public Schools, Topeka, Kansas
A Rental Program Helps Make Sure All Students Have Graphing Calculators
Submitted by: Donald Worcester
Winter Park High School, Winter Park, Florida
Everyone Wins When They Have a Graphing Calculator
Submitted by: Carol Nauman
Byron High School, Byron, Illinois
In the Hands of Our Students, Graphing Calculators Enhance Learning
Submitted by: Lois Coles
Brentwood Middle School, Brentwood, Tennessee


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