October 3, 2008
Volume 13 No. 40
 

In This Issue

Election 08

Project Lead the Way

Illuminations: Getting into the Electoral College

 

Online PD
Courses

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

 

Free Online
Opportunities

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

Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability

 

Election 08

http://election08.cs.uiuc.edu/home.html

View estimates for the probability that the two presidential candidates win the election, the expected number of Electoral College votes for Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and the probability that each candidate will win 300 or more Electoral College votes.

Features include:

  • Pick your swing scenario
        Strong Democrat
        Mild Democrat
        Neutral
        Mild Republican
        Strong Republican
  • Sliders
  • Methodology
  • Archive
  • FAQ

The site was developed by computer science and political science students at the University of Illinois.


Project Lead the Way

http://www.pltw.org/

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) promotes pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students by partnering public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector.

Goals of this national, not-for-profit educational program include:

increasing the number of young people who pursue engineering and engineering technology programs in four- and two-year post-secondary programs
 
providing equitable and inclusive opportunities for all academically qualified students
 
reducing the future college attrition rate in four- and two-year engineering and engineering technology programs
 
providing leadership and support that will produce continuous improvement and innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs


Illuminations: Getting into the Electoral College

http://illuminations.nctm.org/LessonDetail.aspx?ID=U189

This Illuminations unit explores the mathematics of the Electoral College, the system used in this country to determine the winner in a presidential election.

The lessons include activities in percentages, ratios, and area, with a focus throughout on building problem-solving and reasoning skills. They are designed to be used individually to fit within your curriculum at the time of the election.

However, time permitting, they can give students a strong understanding of how small variations can make a big difference in who wins a president election.

 

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