12 July, 2013
Volume 18 No. 28
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Interesting ZIP Codes

Travel and Tourism Spending by the Numbers


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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"What is it that we are hoping to achieve? I dare say that none of us would thumb our collective nose at high standards and rigorous curriculum. As a state, we need appropriate time to prepare our students, we need developmentally appropriate curriculum, and we have to be honest that while many students are passing the current algebra Regents exam, we have a fair number of students who are not algebraically competent to continue in mathematics — even though the state has blessed them with a passing Regents exam score."
- Darrin, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Interesting ZIP Codes


Traveling somewhere this summer? In celebration of the US Postal Service's 50th anniversary of the Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP) earlier this month, ESRI created a tour of nine interesting ZIP codes from around the country.

Also check out the "story maps" by ESRI, developers of geographic information system (GIS) ArcGIS. Each of the annotated multimedia maps in this growing collection tells the spatial and quantitative stories behind a wide array of destinations and topics, such as

  • most visited National Parks
  • marriage equality
  • hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT)
  • the US's largest malls
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) college degrees, charter schools, and STEM schools
  • the Moore (OK) tornado
  • bats
  • Thanksgiving dinner
  • obesity and diabetes
  • Irish surnames


Now wrapping up its International User Conference, ESRI freely offers a library of ArcLessons with dozens of lesson plans specific to mathematics, including

  • Travel Time to Major Cities
  • GPS & Heron's Algorithm
  • Investigating Extreme Temperatures in the USA
  • Measuring the Circumference of the Earth with GPS
  • Geocaching
  • Analyzing Water Use with GIS
  • On the Road Again (Transportation Analysis of the USA)


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I am at the Network Team Institute now receiving training on the module. Check out how they emphasize the connection between polynomials and integers using base 10 ... end of module assessment task — question 10, page 308. This proves the shift in instructional delivery that we all will have to accept and find solace in that it will get easier as the students come to us with different foundations rooted in this reasoning/theoretical approach."
- Kim, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

Travel and Tourism Spending by the Numbers


Last Friday, a branch chief from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and a senior vice president from the U.S. Travel Association appeared on C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" television program to discuss travel and tourism spending in the nation. That show's freely downloadable graphs and charts of federal statistics address

  • How much is spent on travel and tourism?
  • Which part of travel and tourism grew recently?
  • Where are the tourism jobs?
  • Where are international visitors to the U.S coming from?
  • Does travel and tourism add or subtract to our trade deficit?

For the full 42 minute-long video of the segment — including calls and Tweets from the audience that watched it live last Friday — visit


"America by the Numbers" explicitly aims to build statistical literacy. Other recent episodes of this C-SPAN program "about the numbers that measure our nation" have included

  • School Crime and Safety
  • Who's Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements and Payments
  • Youth Mental Health and Drug Abuse
  • How U.S. Students Compare Internationally



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