February 15, 2008
Volume 13 No. 7

In This Issue

Google Groups Discussion - TI-Nspire


2008 T3 International Conference

Survey on Images of Math and Math History


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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


Google Groups Discussion - TI-Nspire


For users of the new TI-Nspire handheld, Rex Boggs has set up a moderated discussion group at Google Groups. The purpose of the discussion is to share knowledge and problems to make the technology more productive, enjoyable and enlightening.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please click on the link above and request to join the group.

Technology Problems of the Week


Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs) are problem-solving challenges modeled on the Math Forum's Problems of the Week that take advantage of interactive mathematics tools such as the TI-Nspire. Students are invited to use the link "Submit your answer" and then "self-mentor" using specially designed hints, checks, and suggestions for extensions.

TI-PoW: Chirp! Chirp!
Use your TI-Nspire to find the temperature when a cricket chirps a certain number of times a minute.

TI-PoW: Sam and Teri's Bank Accounts
Use your TI-Nspire to consider this scenario and question: Sam and Teri have bank accounts. Sam always withdraws money; Teri always saves it. When will they have equal balances -- or will they ever?

2008 T3 International Conference


The T3 program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host the annual T3 International Conference in Chicago, February 29 - March 2, 2008.

Come network with teachers from across the US and abroad; learn from experienced educators; participate in hands-on and demonstration sessions -- and visit the Math Forum's booth!


Suzanne Alejandre and Bruce Levine will staff booth No. 314 in the Exhibit Hall:

10:00 to 6:00, Friday, February 29, 2008
9:00 to 5:00, Saturday, March 1, 2008

We are looking forward to talking with you about the Math Forum, in general, and in particular about

  • Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs)
  • Professional Development
  • Math Tools
  • Dr. Math Books

Want to talk about tPoWs inspired by TI, but know you won't be at the conference? Send Suzanne a note so that she can contact you!


TI also runs two-day Regional Conferences throughout the year. All T3 conferences are open to kindergarten to university educators interested in using educational technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts and world languages.

Penn State Survey on Images of Mathematics and Mathematics History


"In mathematics, you can be creative." Agree or disagree?

Would you describe math as "creating and studying abstract structures, objects and patterns" ... or as "a language, a set of notations and symbols" ... or as something else?

Crave a little math history quiz?

Then take this brief survey created by Danielle Goodwin, Assistant Professor of Mathematical Education at Penn State University, who is investigating the relationship between knowledge of mathematics history and beliefs about mathematics. She invites confidential responses from anyone who teaches math for at least one period per day.


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