August 31, 2007
Volume 12 No. 35

In This Issue

TI Middle Grades

Best Buy Teach Awards

National Math & Science Initiative


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For teachers of students in grades 3-5:
Tools for Building Math Concepts

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning

For all students:

For students in grades 9-10:
the MathMentor


TI Middle Grades

Texas Instruments has created a website of online resources specifically for middle grades educators to help students achieve success in the classroom.

Features of the site include:

  • Classroom-ready math for your lesson plans
  • Professional development and TI technology training opportunities
  • Helpful tutorials for the TI-73 Explorer and TI-84 Plus family of graphing calculators

Sign up today to have weekly math activities delivered straight to your email inbox. Each activity provides detailed, step-by-step instructions including graphing calculator screen shots. All activities are aligned with NCTM and state standards. Activities are archived weekly and available online to view and use at any time.

Subscribe by September 10, 2007, and TI will send you your choice of either "Adventures in Data Collection with the TI-73 Explorer" or "Math and Science in Motion: Activities for Middle School (TI-84)" exploration book.

Best Buy Teach Awards

Best Buy believes technology can excite and engage students, creating a more valuable educational experience. Through Best Buy Teach Awards, gift cards are provided to schools so they can purchase technology for their students.

This year Best Buy will present awards to more than 1,300 schools.

  • $2,000 Best Buy Teach Awards for up to 1,300 schools
  • $10,000 will be awarded to up to 50 schools
  • $100,000 will be awarded to 8 school districts

K-12 public, private and parochial schools using interactive technology in classrooms are eligible to apply. Schools must be within 50 miles of a Best Buy store to apply. Educators must apply before September 30. The 2008 Teach Award Winners will be announced on February 18, 2008.

Visit the website to access their application and additional information.

National Math & Science Initiative

This non-profit organization "facilitates the national scale-up of programs that have a demonstrated impact on math and science education in the United States."

Programs include the Training and Incentive Programs, which encourage excellence among teachers and students of Pre-AP and AP courses; and UTeach, which encourages math and science majors to enter the teaching profession by offering compact degrees (graduation in four years with teacher certification and a B.S. degree in mathematics or science) and financial assistance for undergraduates.


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