3 August, 2012
Volume 17 No. 31
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Connected Educator Month


What If?


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Connected Educator Month


The US Department of Education has declared August "Connected Educator Month." Aimed at "broadening and deepening educator participation in online communities and networks while providing opportunities for education leaders to work together to move forward faster," Connected Educator Month features a free, hour-long interactive webinar next week devoted to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math teachers.

"Summer Questions & Reflections on CC Math Practices: Best Resources for the CCSS" begins Tuesday, 7 August, at 11 AM ET.


For more free online webinars, courses, and online chats about math, see


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I am finding myself in a pinch. We have to in our district order all new text books due to an incident over the summer. I would like to know if there is anything on the market for the new core curriculum standards. What are others using for Integrated as well as Geometry and Trig?"
- little1, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State



Curious how social media might benefit you as a math teacher? Check out mathtwitterblogosphere, which encourages math teachers to tweet and blog in order to "get your own creative juices flowing" and participate in a "world-class faculty lounge with colleagues who care about what they do."

Come see profiles of math teachers who use blogs and Twitter, learn about "how to take the leap" with those social media, and find recommendations of tweeps and bloggers to follow, categorized by academic level, or interests such as

  • arts and craft in the math classroom
  • games and gamification in math
  • interdisciplinary Work
  • modeling approach to teaching
  • standard-based grading
  • projects and rich tasks
  • technology in the math classroom

mathtwitterblogosphere recently convened the first Twitter Math Camp, which attracted 40 math teachers from 19 states and three countries — including the Forum's own Max Ray:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I have a student who would like to do a mathematical science fair project. He has asked me for help in finding a suitable topic. I haven't a clue about how to start this process other than asking others for help. Any suggestions?"
- Susan, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

What If?


Randall Munroe, creator of the popular xkcd webcomic ("romance, sarcasm, math, and language"), recently began a series "answering your hypothetical questions about physics."

Every Tuesday, Munroe investigates an off-beat question — sometimes grounded in a fictitious premise; often involving unit conversions, estimation of large quantities, and other feats of back-of-the-envelope reckoning; always enlivened with xkcd's trademark stick figures and characteristic humor.

To date, the former robotics engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center has brought his wit and insight to bear on

  • What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?
  • What if everyone who took the SAT guessed on every multiple-choice question? How many perfect scores would there be?
  • How much Force power can Yoda output?
  • What would happen if you were to gather a mole (unit of measurement) of moles (the small furry critter) in one place?


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