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Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in Indianapolis. Talk to
us about an opportunity to apply for free Problems of the Week
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School of Education, Goodwin College of Professional Studies,
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Meet the Math Forum Staff - NCTM Booth 1243
Coming to the annual meeting of the National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics in Indianapolis? Look for our coupon in
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the Exhibit Hall to enter our drawing to win an iPad.
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raffle for Math Forum Prize Packs and receive a coupon for 30%
off Problems of the Week class, school, or district
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PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"First we drew a diagram. When we we were done we realized we
made a mistake. Our diagram is beneath our explanation...."
- Ruhali and Andrew, highlighted in the current FunPoW's
TIMSS Videos: Text of Lesson Transcripts Now Available
timssvideo.com has recently rolled out a new feature to fulfill
the request most commonly received by the two month-old site:
the ability to download lesson transcripts in text format.
This zip file lets you download all math transcripts,
compressed in one 326k burst:
Each line of transcript includes time code, speaker, and text,
separated by tabs.
Complete the free registration to access the actual video
lessons from the Trends in International Mathematics and
Science Study (TIMSS), as featured in these pages this past
February. The 28 full-length videos of eighth-grade mathematics
lessons hail from Australia, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong,
Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States.
The team led by UCLA's Jim Stigler welcomes further feedback
posted to the site's discussion forum about what would improve
its usefulness and how you will use the video lessons.
timssvideo.com is a project of UCLA and the Carnegie Foundation
for the Advancement of Teaching. It is funded by a grant from
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour
"I just want to remind folks that a simple conversion of a
score makes an assumption that IF the student had been doing
the test under a non correction for guessing direction, they
would have responded exactly the same way. This assumes that
the strategy one would use given advice about how to respond IF
a formula were used AND if it were not used ... are the same.
If students really take the correction for guessing directions
to heart, then the strategies under both conditions should not
be the same."
- Dennis, posted to the ap-stat discussion
Microsoft's Free Math Software
Microsoft has released a new version of its math education
software — and for the first time, it's free.
Microsoft Mathematics 4.0, for students in middle school, high
school, and early college, shows how to solve equations while
bolstering understanding of fundamental math concepts.
It features built-in Ink Handwriting Support, which lets you
hand-write math problems and equations in a worksheet area on a
tablet or ultra-mobile PCs for immediate solving or later work.
The software also includes a graphing calculator capable of
plotting in 2D and 3D, a movie editor, a library of formulas
and equations, a triangle solver, and more.