May 29, 2009
Volume 14 No. 22

In This Issue

NY Times Knowledge Network Courses


Summer Fermi League


New!Special Offer
through June 30, 2009 on Problems of the Week class, school, or district memberships when you add a PD online course!


Online PD

The Math Forum's Problem Solving Process

PoW Class Membership: ... Effective Implementation

Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week

Problem Solving in Geometry and Measurement, Course 1

Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra

Problem Solving Strategies

Tools for Building Math Concepts


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


NY Times Knowledge Network Courses

The New York Times is proud to welcome the Math Forum to its Knowledge Network of prestigious educational institutions delivering lifelong learning programs. The Forum's courses are now available via their main page or professional development header.

Other providers of current courses include:

  • Thomas Edison State College
  • Gotham Writers' Workshop
  • CUNY's School of Professional Studies
  • Towson University
  • StraighterLine

The Math Forum's courses can still be accessed through our own website, where you can find our NSDL workshops, as well:


Hit Tracker "determines the true distance a home run travels by recreating the precise trajectory the ball followed during flight, and extending that trajectory all the way back to field level to allow 'measurement' of the home run."

  • Leaderboards of home runs based on true distance and speed off bat
  • Listings of "no doubts," "just enoughs," and "lucky homers"
  • Scatter plots of every round tripper hit by a Major League Baseball batter or conceded by a pitcher

The table of current season home runs links to game video, and allows sorting by date, inning, or alphabetically by name of hitter, pitcher, or ballpark.

The "Highlight Homers" section provides in-depth examination of "notable home runs from the past and present, particularly long ones."

Summer Fermi League

New for 2009: Math in Your Bathrobe now expanded to fit Grade 7-9 Bathrobes.

The Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League is an Internet-based math competition appropriate for enrichment, small group work and individuals wanting creative, technology-rich experiences in the summer.

In its 10th year, the Fermi Math League is open to students world-wide. The four-week Summer '09 season of Fermi Math starts Tuesday, July 7.

Details of the program:

  • Cost: $40 per student per team
  • Students may work solo, or in teams up to four
  • Divisions for grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 plus 7-9 regular and 7-9 "web designer" division
  • All work done on the Internet via email
  • Model archive is available online to registered students and schools
  • Rules and tips are available to all online
  • Grade 1/2 problems are "family math" oriented--parents and kids as partners
  • Prizes: medals, ribbons, certificates, fame...

Student registration materials are now available for the Summer Session.


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