July 4, 2008 Volume 13 No. 27

In This Issue

Learning Algebra Fundamentals

Softronics Inc.

Tangoes

Free Online
Opportunities

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

For teachers of students in grades 5-9:
Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability

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

For all students:
tPoWs

 Learning Algebra Fundamentals http://www.curriculum.org/tcf/teachers/projects/repository/algebra/ These Macromedia Flash resources address fundamental algebra skills. Suitable for students who are learning algebra for the first time or who are reviewing concepts for mastery, these tutorials are progressively challenging to address a wide range of ability levels. Tutorials include: Exponent Laws Polynomials: Like Terms Distributive Law Common Factoring Solving Simple Equations Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides and Brackets Solving Equations with Fractions Determining the Equation of a Line Given Point and Y-Intercept Determining the Equation of a Line Given Two Points Graphing Equations Using a Table of Values Graphing Equations Using Slope and Y-Intercept Graphing Equations Using the X- and Y-Intercepts This site was funded through a grant from the RBC Foundation. Softronics Inc. http://www.softronix.com/ Softronics Inc. freely offers these two Logo-based Windows software downloads. MMLogic: A MultiMedia Logic Design System - VCR-like controls, Drag and Drop, Tip of the Day, Tool Tips - Interact instantly with your MultiMedia Logic circuits - Learn an internationally recognized philosophy, Logic Design - Supports networking over the Internet - Supports a programmable robot device MSWLogo: An Educational Programming Language - Supports 3 dimensional geometry - Combined with the Great Logo Adventure Book, by Jim Muller Forty years after the invention of "turtle graphics," Logo is still a powerful learning environment for upper elementary and middle school students. For more about learning and teaching Logo, visit the MIT Media Lab's Logo Foundation. Tangoes http://www.tangoes.com/game.html Based on the ancient Chinese Tangram puzzle, Tangoes is a learning tool that combines artistic and mathematical elements to: enhance visual perception ability develop problem solving skills encourage creative thinking capacity and teamwork Tangoes can be played by one, two or in teams. The puzzle challenge is to form the shape using the seven dynamic pieces of the puzzle. To purchase Tangoes and other games, access teaching materials, and get more information, visit

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