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
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
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.