20 June, 2014
Volume 19 No. 25
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In This Issue

Summer Problems of the Week

MIND Research Institute Game-a-thon

TenMarks Summer Math Program and Apps


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Summer Problems of the Week


While we get ready for another series of Problems of the Week (PoWs) starting at the end of August, we'll scale back our responses. But every two weeks from now until then, the Math Forum will continue to post challenging open-response math problems and accept solutions to them.

Over the course of the recently concluded 2013-2014 academic year, we posted a total of 120 Current PoWs, each with its own supporting resources — a great starting point for designing your own summer projects. If you have a Full PoW membership, or access through your school or district, help yourself to the Library Problems. For starters, we've highlighted a seasonal selection in these pages before:


Want to get in on the fun, but don't have an account yet? A Current PoW membership provides access to this academic year's complete set, as well as the summer PoWs through mid-August, and then all of the puzzles coming next year — quite a bargain for upwards of 275 PoWs, their teacher packets, rubrics, and other supporting resources!


MIND Research Institute Game-a-thon


Got an idea for an original math game?

Does it feature creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems?

Enter the Game-a-thon!

With its first-ever student challenge, MIND Research Institute invites teams of K-12 students to apply math to gameplay in any format, including

  • card games
  • traditional board games
  • computer games
  • mobile apps
  • outdoor games

Download and review the game design guidelines, then submit your creation — for single or multi-player — by Sunday, 6 July:


MIND Research Institute is a non-profit that develops visual, language-independent games. Meet its penguin, JiJi, and sample its Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math® software in this game about fractions:


TenMarks Summer Math Program and Apps


The School Superintendents Association (AASA) has collaborated with an education software company to offer its summer math program at no cost to students across the country this summer.

TenMarks starts with a diagnostic assessment of each student's grade and skill level, automatically creating an individualized summer curriculum. Its Summer Math Program embeds hints and video lessons about what a student must refresh from the past year and introduces concepts for the year ahead, adapting with targeted interventions when it recognizes a need.

TenMarks will offer end of summer reports for families and districts to help inform curriculum and instruction for the new school year.

Start signing up with a name and e-mail address:


This past October, TenMarks was acquired by Amazon.com. Earlier this month, it unveiled mobile apps for its math program:


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