April 10, 2009
Volume 14 No. 15

In This Issue

Dr. Constantine Papadakis, 1946-2009

NSDL Workshops, NCTM Reception

nelsonsousa.pt: Education and Technology

Ron Eglash on African Fractals at TED


Online PD

Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

Problem Solving Strategies

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

PoW Class Membership: ... Effective Implementation


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


Dr. Constantine Papadakis, 1946-2009


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Drexel University President Dr. Constantine "Taki" Papadakis this past weekend. His loss will be deeply felt across the University community.

Dr. Papadakis was the primary reason the Math Forum found a home at Drexel in 2001, and had been a strong supporter of the Forum ever since.

NSDL Workshops


The Math Forum has been hosting a series of online workshops for teachers who work with students in 5th through 9th grade. Teachers will explore the Math Tools digital library and several software tools that contribute to mathematical understanding, problem solving, reflection and discussion.

Applications are now open for:

  • Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning
  • Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability

Both workshops run April 20 - June 1, 2009. Applications will close at 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 13.

Math Forum Reception at NCTM


One of the best parts about participating in a program at the Math Forum is getting to know and build relationships with fun, supportive, interesting colleagues. We are always looking for ways to help people connect. There's a good opportunity coming up around the NCSM/NCTM conferences in Washington, DC.

We are hosting a reception for anyone who has participated in an online NSDL workshop or who would like to meet teachers who have been involved:

Thursday, April 23, 5:30-7:30 PM
Grand Hyatt, Lagoon Level
Penn Quarter A + B

The reception will enable us to reconnect, meet other innovative professionals, enjoy some food and drink, and learn about other online professional community programs.

nelsonsousa.pt: Education and Technology


Nelson Sousa offers original programs, activities, tips and tricks for the TI-Nspire™.

With a background in Texas Instruments tech support, he now also conducts training courses, also conducts training courses, predominantly in Portugal, using a number of handheld and standalone technologies for teachers and students of mathematics.

Ron Eglash on African Fractals at TED


Ethnomathematician Ron Eglash studies the fractal patterns underpinning architecture, art, and design in many parts of Africa. This biography links to his TED lecture from 2007.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Now the conference brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives--in 18 minutes.

Ted.com makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free.


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