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Connected Educator Month
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Connected Educator Month
http://connectededucators.org/cem/
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, hourlong 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.
http://connectededucatorsmonth2012.sched.org/event/ d89713ab72e5b6ef84d894ce6f9a386c
For more free online webinars, courses, and online chats about
math, see
http://connectededucatorsmonth2012.sched.org/?s=math

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 912) discussion
group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2392663
mathtwitterblogosphere
http://mathtwitterblogosphere.weebly.com/
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 "worldclass 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

standardbased 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:
http://www.twittermathcamp.com/

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 apcalculus discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2392661
What If?
http://whatif.xkcd.com/
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 offbeat
question — sometimes grounded in a fictitious premise; often
involving unit conversions, estimation of large quantities, and
other feats of backoftheenvelope 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
multiplechoice 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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