2 March, 2012
Volume 17 No. 9
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NCTM Annual Meeting: Early Registration Discount

Math Reasoning Inventory

MathJax Version 2.0 Now Available


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


NCTM Annual Meeting: Early Registration Discount


Save up to 36% by registering for the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) by Friday, March 16th.

Taking place April 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA, NCTM 2012 will boast more than 700 presentations, including Learn-Reflect Strand sessions dedicated to technology.

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

"I was a bit frustrated with this problem, because it didn't make any sense to me. So, I just took a 5 minute break to calm myself down a bit before trying again. I would have preferred both 90 degree angles for the tangents, but I did need a challenge, and this DEFINITELY WAS a nice challenge!"
- Hayley, commenting on the Geometry PoW's Latest Solution

Math Reasoning Inventory


Marilyn Burns recently announced the launch of a new online formative assessment tool.

The Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI) reveals how students think and reason through questions that focus on number and operations based on content from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics prior to sixth grade. Check out, in particular, the more than 80 face-to-face interview video clips of students demonstrating appropriate reasoning strategies, exhibiting lack of understanding, self-correcting, using a procedure inappropriately, and more.

At MRI, which receives funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Burns leads an author team of teachers with whom she co-authored Scholastic's Do The Math.

Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"My district is going to purchase a new pre-calculus text for honors and level 1 and also if possible for level 2 (slower students) if we can find one to suit all 3 levels. Any suggestions on something you use and like?"
- Carol, posted to the ap-calculus discussion

MathJax Version 2.0 Now Available


A major new version of MathJax came out earlier this week. Rendering "beautiful math in all browsers," this open source JavaScript display engine for LaTeX, MathML, and AsciiMath notation delivers high-quality typography across all web apps.

MathJax lets you copy equations from web pages into Word and LaTeX documents, science blogs, research wikis, calculation software like Maple, Mathematica and more — all without browser plugins or font installations. Because it uses modern CSS and web fonts instead of images or Flash, MathJax also features the ability to scale all math in a page or zoom in on a particular equation. Together with the Internet Explorer add-on MathPlayer, MathJax makes math accessible to screen readers, to screen magnifiers, and to learning disability software.

Davide P. Cervone, professor of mathematics at Union College, leads the development team of MathJax, a joint project of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), Design Science, Inc., and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). MathJax receives additional financial support from Stack Exchange, the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), Elsevier, Project Euclid, the London Mathematical Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


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