World Maths Day
On World Maths Day, students aged 4-18 years old team up to
solve arithmetic and mental computation problems together in
Open to schools, individuals, and homeschoolers alike, this
free global event awards minted medals, world cups, and prizes,
and recognizes each participant with a certificate. The
Constructivist Medal will be given for an outstanding
exploration of a mathematical concept using the free
open-source software package GeoGebra:
Begun in 2007 — when over 287,000 students from 98 countries
correctly answered 38,904,275 math questions over the course of
48 hours — World Maths Day has "united the world in numbers"
ever since. Last year, several million students took part as
World Maths Day expanded to become the World Education Games
and UNICEF joined as an official worldwide partner.
This year's World Maths Day starts in the U.S. on the morning
of Tuesday, 6 March, with challenges lasting for as long as an
hour or as little as one minute. The free registration and
practice period just opened last week.
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"I used 2 methods so that I could compare the 2 answers I got.
They were the same so I could trust my methods more."
- thirty, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution
TIMSS Videos: Clip Papers Now Available
timssvideo.com has rolled out another new feature: the ability
to write and share documents that embed links to the TIMSS
video clips of your choice.
The "My Papers" feature, made possible with generous support
from the Gabriella & Paul Rosenbaum Foundation, lets you take
notes, write analytic papers, prepare clips for presentation,
or develop student assignments based on the videos. To watch
sample videos and see how their links appear, check out this
introduction, by University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
professor Jim Stigler:
Complete the free registration to use the new tool for yourself
and try it out on the video lessons from the Trends in
International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). 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.
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 am planning to do an arcade game to give kids practice at
mental arithmetic. The plan is for it to be available over the
web and to be multiplayer so there is some competition. Really
I need some opinions from math teachers on this. Do you think
these sort of games are effective and worthwhile? I've read
some research that says they are but it would be nice to hear
- Phil, posted to the math-teach discussion
Intel Schools of Distinction
Every year, Intel honors U.S. schools that demonstrate 21st
century teaching and learning environments that promote
excellence in math and science. To be considered for an Intel
Schools of Distinction award, schools must develop an
environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks put
forth by national mathematics and science content standards.
Apply for the cash grants, which start at $5,000, before the
Thursday, 23 February deadline.