21 June, 2013
Volume 18 No. 25
 
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In This Issue

Bedtime Math Book

Desmos iPad App

Teacher Prep Review

 


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Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

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Bedtime Math Book

http://bedtimemath.org/
bedtime-math-a-fun-excuse-to-stay-up-late/

Bedtime Math, featured in these pages two Aprils ago, has its first book coming out this Tuesday, 25 June.

Available from Macmillan Publishers in hardcover format (96 pages) or for Kindle, Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late gives families more than a hundred "mischief-making" math riddles on everything from jalapeños and submarines to roller coasters and flamingos, enlivened with full-color illustrations throughout.

As with the bedtimemath.org website, Bedtime Math's all new math problems come in three different levels of challenge: big kids, little kids, and "wee ones."

Watch a trailer for the book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibfTn0DGgvM


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I'm developing some math educational software aimed at high school kids in algebra, and I'm wondering what the most important platforms are: Windows, Mac, IOS (iPad, iPhone), or Android. In the world at large there are an awful lot of Windows machines, but if you look specifically at high school students, there may be a greater number of iPads and Android tablets. The LA unified school district just voted to supply every kid in K-12 with an iPad! I live in the LA area and I want to provide my software to the kids I tutor."
- Michael, posted to the math-teach discussion
http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2577338


Desmos iPad App

http://blog.desmos.com/post/53300111771/
the-desmos-ipad-app-is-here

This past Tuesday, Desmos made its first foray into mobile devices — and like the online version of this "next generation" graphing calculator, the Desmos iPad app is free.

Designed for use without Internet connectivity, the iPad app offers offline support and dozens of built-in examples. Freely download it from iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/
desmos-graphing-calculator/id653517540

Not familiar with Desmos yet? Check out their online explorations, most of which also come in the new app:

https://www.desmos.com/explore

As mentioned here in March, Desmos' sliders and other intuitive features have inspired three teachers to post two new plots every weekday and ask, "Can you create the following graph?" The Daily Desmos has since grown to include dozens more challenges for your plotting puzzlement:

http://dailydesmos.blogspot.com/

To play along — or learn how to submit your own challenge — visit

http://www.dailydesmos.com/p/how-to-play.html


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"It was proof-based Euclidean geometry that turned me onto mathematics and is part of reason that I so vociferously condemn its death in US schools in our lifetime. The teacher wasn't great but he guided us well and the material spoke for itself."
- Wayne, posted to the math-teach discussion
http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9141733


Teacher Prep Review

http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrepHome.do

Earlier this week, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released a study of 2,420 teacher preparation programs — undergraduate and graduate; elementary, secondary and special education — at 1,130 U.S. institutions of higher education.

In addition to ratings schools of education, NCTQ offers materials, some contributed by teacher preparation programs, specifically for

 

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