In This Issue
New Samples of PoWs
Earthquakes for Kids
WolframAlpha in the K12 Classroom: Contest and Free Seminars
Online PD
Free:
Orientation Sessions
Math and Tech Workshops
Paid:
Problem Based Learning Courses
Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate
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New Samples of PoWs
http://mathforum.org/pow/teacher/samples.html
Want a challenging openresponse math problem — and solutions
to it that students have written, with explanations, in their
own words?
Freely download a Primary Problem of the Week (K2), Math
Fundamentals PoW (35), PreAlgebra PoW (68), Algebra PoW, or
Geometry PoW. Accompanying sample support materials include

Teacher Packets, for the "answer check," a range of
solutions written by the Math Forum, tips about how to
introduce the problem to students, and ideas about how to
move students forward

Scoring Rubrics, for assessing your students' solutions
with our sixcategory scoring grid

Scenarios, for a version of the problem setup without the
question — a good way to introduce the PoWs in your
classroom and have students focus on the story of
the problem
The Problems of the Week Library now has over 1,800 past PoWs,
more than 300 of which feature support materials — all
available with a class account:
http://mathforum.org/pow/productinfo.html

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"From Aug 3rd to Aug 31st, educators that contact
1800TICARES can receive a $50 coupon towards the purchase of
a TINspire CX or TINspire CX CAS handheld...."

 Dana, posted to the secondary (grades 912) discussion group
of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2290535
Earthquakes for Kids
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offers puzzles, games,
learning links and activities, science fair project ideas,
animations, and an explanation of the science of earthquakes.
In particular, read a primer on earthquake magnitudes, which
explains the logarithmic nature of the Richter scale:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/how_much_bigger.php
Click the wide blue button to launch the "How Much
Bigger ..." calculator:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/calculator.php
The USGS offers more educational resources on earthquakes here:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/classroom.php
For years, the USGS has collected data from individuals about
the effects of the earthquakes they have felt — or not felt.
Now done online, this crowdsourcing helps researchers create
instant Community Internet Intensity Maps (CIIMs) of shaking
intensities and damage, sometimes providing data in areas that
lack seismic instruments.
Share your experiences, in English or Spanish:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"One of my major teaching goals this year is to shift my Stats
class to a projectbased learning approach. The first unit is
'Exploring and Understanding Data,' and the project which
guides the unit is 'How should Dave compute your grade in this
class?' The article on median grading will be an incredibly
useful addition to the students' resources, so many thanks to
Steve for posting the link."

 Dave, posted to the apstat discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7537032
WolframAlpha in the K12 Classroom: Contest and Free Seminars
http://blog.wolframalpha.com/2011/08/22/ wolframalphagoesbacktoschoolforteachers/#more14906
The makers of Mathematica want to hear from K12 teachers who
use WolframAlpha in class  and they're giving away more than
a penny for your thoughts!
Reply to this recent blog post about how the WA computational
knowledge engine has positively impacted your teaching or your
students' learning, and your comment of fewer than 100 words
enters you for a chance to win your choice of Course Assistant
apps for your entire classroom.
Wolfram has already rolled out coursework guides for
prealgebra, algebra, precalculus, calculus, and statistics.
Check out the full slate of WA apps for the iPhone, iPod
touch, and iPad:
http://products.wolframalpha.com/courseassistants/
For complete rules of this giveaway, see
http://www.wolframalpha.com/educators/teachersappcontest/terms.html
Hurry: the contest closes next Tuesday, 30 August.
Wolfram will then start offering free online seminars that
provide an introduction and overview of how to leverage WA for
the K12 classroom:
http://www.wolfram.com/services/education/seminars/s04.html


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