6 January, 2012
Volume 17 No. 1
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In This Issue

100th Day of School

NCTM Journals Now on JSTOR

Google Launches Election Hub


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


100th Day of School


In the coming weeks, many students will be attending school for the 100th day this school year.

The 100th Day can be a lot of fun — and a teachable moment! Counting up to 100 for the 100th day of school gives teachers many special opportunities to investigate place value.

The discussions and links to Web resources found in the FAQ provide many ideas to make your 100th Day a memorable experience for your students.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Using Usenet for cheating by asking the exam question will generally leave a fairly indelible trace. I'm curious to hear from Danish educators; the article indicates that they've allowed this since 2008. Has cheating via Usenet newsgroups been a big problem for your exams since then?"
- Steve, posted to the comp.soft-sys.matlab discussion

NCTM Journals Now on JSTOR


The journals of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) have just become available online through JSTOR.

Through this digital archive service's single platform, JSTOR members now enjoy seamless access to the full run of

  • Teaching Children Mathematics (TCM), dating back to 1994, formerly The Arithmetic Teacher, from 1954
  • Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (MTMS), from 1994
  • Mathematics Teacher (MT), from 1908
  • Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), from 1970

More than 7,000 institutions already participate in JSTOR, which now boasts over 1,400 scholarly journals. Check your access from local campuses and libraries by clicking here:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I often get the following two questions from my non-mathematician friends. Q1: Why is 1 not a prime? Q2: For a, b positive integers (say), why is (-a)(-b) = ab? I could answer as follows (but with not exactly good success): Answer to Q1: If 1 is considered (defined) as a prime, then the fundamental theorem of arithmetic is not true; and we mathematicians do not like that! Answer to Q2: If not, the distributive law is not true, and we mathematicians do not like that either! Do we have any better answers for our laymen friends?"
- Kent, posted to the sci.math discussion

Google Launches Election Hub


Days before eight votes separated the first and second place vote-getters in the Iowa caucus, Google announced the launch of a new election hub for studying, watching, and generally learning about the U.S. Presidential campaign trail:


Sort through a wealth of election data by popularity, race, and issues. In particular, check out the colorful results maps; and the Trends Dashboard, which builds a timeline of the web's political pulse by comparing candidates' YouTube video views, search traffic, and Google News mentions:



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