24 February, 2012
Volume 17 No. 8
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T³ International Conference

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012

Oxford's IB Mathematics Course Companions Online


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


T³ International Conference


Coming to Texas Instruments' T³ International Conference in Chicago, March 2-4, 2012? Swing by booth No. 16 in the Exhibit Hall and meet the Math Forum's Director of Professional Development, Suzanne Alejandre, and Max Ray, the Forum's Professional Collaboration Facilitator:

10:00 to 5:30, Friday, March 2, 2012
9:00 to 5:00, Saturday, March 3, 2012

They are looking forward to talking with you about the Math Forum, in general, and in particular about

  • professional development
  • Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs)
  • Problems of the Week (PoWs)
  • Math Tools
  • Dr. Math Books

Max and Craig Russell, who teaches at University of Illinois Laboratory High School (Urbana, IL) will deliver two presentations together:

Saturday 11:15 - 12:45
Session 276
Using Technology to Assess Mathematical Understanding (Without Getting Lost in the Technology)

Saturday 1:00 - 2:00
Session 315
Crime Scene Investigation: Exploring Similarity the Common Core Way, with the TI-Nspire™ Family of Handhelds

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"I just recently solved this problem with a bunch of math teachers. All together, I've probably read almost two dozen solutions from adults, and almost three dozen from school-age students. The school-age students won the contest of having the most varied methods for solving this problem. Every single adult whose solution I read used the same method. The students used every possible method I could imagine (and a few I could barely imagine)!"
- Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012


The National Science Board of the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released its biennial "Science and Engineering Indicators" (SEI). SEI 2012 provides a broad base of quantitative information on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise.

Chapter 1 of SEI 2012, entitled "Elementary and Secondary Mathematics and Science Education," details

  • student learning in mathematics and science
  • student coursetaking in high school mathematics and science
  • teachers of mathematics and science
  • transition to higher education

This free report comes with downloadable spreadsheets of supporting appendix tables, an interactive digest, and the State Data Tool, which provides information on science and technology infrastructure for each of the nation's 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I want to find the number of combinations for any 30 A 220 B distributed around 250 locations. So I am looking for some dedicated software which may help me to obtain these results and perhaps identify the relevant equations. Does any one know of any software that would help me to do more complex cases?"
- Andrew, posted to the discretemath discussion

Oxford's IB Mathematics Course Companions Online


Oxford University Press has freely posted complete copies of its new International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Course Companions for the 2012 syllabus — now online until Monday, March 5th.

Browse or search through these eBooks of student resource materials:

  • Mathematics Standard Level
  • Mathematics Higher Level
  • Mathematical Studies: Standard Level

The 2012 IB syllabus will place more emphasis on models, real-life applications of theory, and the use of graphic display calculators. All three titles listed above include the color-coded special features

  • investigations
  • examiner's tip
  • did you know?
  • exploration suggestions
  • theory of knowledge
  • historical exploration


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