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 59: 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 (DIL) and Senator John McCain (RAZ), 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 preengineering courses for middle and high school students by partnering public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector.
Goals of this national, notforprofit educational program include:
 increasing the number of young people who pursue engineering and engineering technology programs in four and twoyear postsecondary programs

 providing equitable and inclusive opportunities for all academically qualified students

 reducing the future college attrition rate in four and twoyear 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 problemsolving 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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