29 November, 2013
Volume 18 No. 48
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Holiday Shopping with the Math Forum

Computer Science Education Week

Updates from Mike de Villiers


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Holiday Shopping with the Math Forum


Shopping online with Amazon.com or Target this holiday season? Start at mathforum.org, and with one small initial step, you can help sustain the Math Forum.

Just bookmark or select this page as a "favorite" in your browser:


The next time you start to shop online, first click through its "amazon.com" or "Target" icons. If you then purchase anything at either site, a little revenue will come our way, at no extra cost to you.

In addition to our four Ask Dr. Math books, Amazon.com carries our newest publication, Powerful Problem Solving:


Thank you for your help!

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

"When I understood the problem, I searched my brain to find a good way to solve it."
- Jordan, highlighted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's latest solution

Computer Science Education Week


Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) boots up Monday, 9 December.

Advocating "an hour of code for every student" the second week of December, CSEdWeek occurs annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. Three million students have already registered to participate in tens of thousands of events, many as part of their entire school hosting an "Hour of Code." Join the fun here:


The Hour of Code's most popular tutorial, "write your first computer program," plays like a game and features video lectures that star Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Other tutorials include

  • create your own interactive holiday card
  • an introduction to JavaScript
  • make three simple apps for Android phones or tablets
  • build your own game

No computers for your students? CSEdWeek does not require any special hardware or software, or even prior coding experience from teachers. Download an "unplugged tutorial" for classrooms without computers here:


As a thank you gift, every educator who registers to host an Hour of Code receives 10GB of free DropBox storage:


For posters, statistics about computing jobs and CS education, sample emails addressed to principals and parents promoting the Hour of Code, and other helpful planning materials, check out CSEdWeek's Resource Kit:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Yes. Your example did work as a counterexample. Thanks. Now, I could sleep very well like a big baby :)"
- P, posted to the sci.math newsgroup

Updates from Mike de Villiers


Mike de Villiers, a professor of math and math education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, recently shared new student explorations with JavaSketchpad:

For these and dozens more dynamic mathematics explorations, check out de Villiers' collection:



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