March 13, 2009
Volume 14 No. 11

In This Issue

ALN Math Teacher Blogging Contest

NASA: No Boundaries

Virtual Math Museum


Online PD

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

Problem Solving Strategies

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

PoW Class Membership: ... Effective Implementation

Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week


Free Online

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


ALN Math Teacher Blogging Contest

The Algebra Learning Network (ALN) encourages math teachers to share their experiences teaching math in the classroom. To that end, they're sponsoring this contest: teachers who blog about their teaching between February 15 and May 31 are eligible to win subscriptions to ExploreLearning Gizmos.

Post your blog on the ALN site to enter--posts must be original work, but may also be posted somewhere else.

NASA: No Boundaries

Developed by NASA and USA TODAY Education, this project will help you explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as you learn about NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Teams of students research careers in the STEM disciplines, then make a creative presentation to market those careers to their peers.

Presentations may be entered in a national contest. Instructions for teachers and students are available on the site; the entry deadline is May 15, 2009.

Virtual Math Museum

A virtual "mathematical museum" being developed and improved by an international group of mathematicians called the 3DXM Consortium. In addition to images, the museum also offers some applets and explanatory papers available for download as PDFs.

Topics include:

  • plane curves
  • space curves
  • conformal maps
  • fractals & chaos
  • surfaces
  • mathematical art
  • polyhedra
  • ordinary differential equations (ODEs)

3DXM Consortium is the same group responsible for developing the 3D-XplorMath mathematical visualization program:


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