10 February, 2012
Volume 17 No. 6
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World Maths Day

TIMSS Videos: Clip Papers Now Available

Intel Schools of Distinction


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Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


World Maths Day


On World Maths Day, students aged 4-18 years old team up to solve arithmetic and mental computation problems together in real time.

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 from teachers."
- 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.


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