In This Issue
Learning Algebra Fundamentals
Softronics Inc.
Tangoes
Free Online Opportunities
For teachers of students in grades 35: Tools for Building Math Concepts
For teachers of students in grades 59: Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability
For teachers of students in grades 59: 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 YIntercept
 Determining the Equation of a Line Given Two Points
 Graphing Equations Using a Table of Values
 Graphing Equations Using Slope and YIntercept
 Graphing Equations Using the X and YIntercepts
This site was funded through a grant from the RBC Foundation.
Softronics Inc.
http://www.softronix.com/
Softronics Inc. freely offers these two Logobased Windows software downloads.
 MMLogic: A MultiMedia Logic Design System
  VCRlike 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
http://www.tangoes.com/


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