1 April, 2011
Volume 16 No. 13
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Meet the Math Forum Staff: NCSM Booth 512, NCTM Booth 1243

TIMSS Videos: Text of Lesson Transcripts Now Available

Microsoft's Free Math Software


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Meet the Math Forum Staff - NCSM Booth 512


Come meet the people behind the Math Forum at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in Indianapolis. Talk to us about an opportunity to apply for free Problems of the Week Memberships with a minimum number of paid registrations in our online professional development course designed to help teachers make the most of the membership.

Fill out a survey to help us provide better professional development and services for you and your teachers and be entered into a drawing to win an iPad. Enter our raffle for a chance to win prizes from the Math Forum, Drexel University's School of Education, Goodwin College of Professional Studies, our sponsors, and friends.

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 the NCTM conference Program Book and bring it to Booth 1243 in the Exhibit Hall to enter our drawing to win an iPad.

While you meet the Math Forum staff, you can also enter our raffle for Math Forum Prize Packs and receive a coupon for 30% off Problems of the Week class, school, or district memberships, or our online PD courses!

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 Latest Solution

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.


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