1 August, 2014
Volume 19 No. 31
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Ignite Talks

OpenCurriculum Releases Free Common Core Lesson Math Library

What If? Book


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Ignite Talks


What makes us passionate about math education?

What IGNITES us?

Earlier this week, we began posting daily a new five minute-long clip of a different Math Forum staffer or colleague, each speaking breathlessly about our passion for math education while 20 PowerPoint slides advanced every 15 seconds — ready or not!

The fourth of these videos came out today, with more yet to come down the pipeline (posting date in parentheses):

  • Linda Fulmore (Monday, 4 August)
  • Justin Lanier (Tuesday, 5 August)
  • Harshil Parikh (Wednesday, 6 August)
  • Lani Horn (Thursday, 7 August)
  • Steve Leinwand (Friday, 8 August)
  • Annie Fetter (Monday, 11 August)

Check back daily for the next in this series of Ignite talks from the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).

For more fast, fired-up fun, watch our other Ignite talks from earlier conferences:


OpenCurriculum Releases Free Common Core Lesson Math Library


A non-profit technology initiative recently released a library of over five thousand math lesson plans, activities, worksheets, assessments, exercises, and lectures — all aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Come freely browse, sort, filter, and rank OpenCurriculum's collection of math resources gathered from Illustrative Mathematics, Mathalicious, EngageNY, Dan Meyer, Khan Academy, and other sources:


Have a specific request for a resource not yet in the library? In these immediate weeks following this release, OpenCurriculum has promised that its team "will dig up resources you need to get your lesson ready" within 24 hours. Just submit your request by clicking on the grayed-out "Community Q&A" button, in the upper right corner of any category listing.

What If? Book


The creator of the popular xkcd webcomic ("romance, sarcasm, math, and language") has announced the dates of a six-city tour and Google+ Hangout for his new book:


Author Randall Munroe last appeared in these pages shortly after the former robotics engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center began seriously investigating his readers' off-beat questions — imponderables such as

  • What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light?
  • How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?
  • If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

Two years and more than a hundred wild wonderings later, Munroe still starts every Tuesday with improbable unit conversions, unlikely estimates, and other feats of back-of-the-envelope reckoning — always enlivened with xkcd's trademark stick figures and characteristic humor:


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions hits shelves Tuesday, 2 September.


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