TIMSS Videos, Augmented
The 28 full-length eighth-grade mathematics lesson videos from
the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
(TIMSS) just got more interactive.
TIMSSVideo.com first appeared in these pages shortly after it
launched over three years ago. Features such as bookmarking,
offline viewing, and clip embedding have since followed.
Now, thanks to a partnership announced earlier this week, you
can assign videos or clips to other viewers, insert questions
and discussions, and track and analyze responses. Freely
register here with TIMSSVideo.com's new partner, Zaption:
A project of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching led
by UCLA Professor of Psychology Jim Stigler, TIMSSVideo.com is
funded by grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
and the Gabriella and Paul Rosenbaum Foundation.
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"I was looking through Brandon's equation and noticed that he
uses advanced expressions to disguise the relatively simple
equation. He stretches the numbers through expressions to make
them seem more complicated, but once I combined like terms, I
started to see how his algebraic expression worked."
- Mack F., mentioned in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
More Meaningful Math
An international project has started motivating students ages
12 to 16 with problems that show the importance of mathematics
in real life.
Called More Meaningful Math, the project offers freely
downloadable tasks, lesson ideas, and photos of student
work — as well as GeoGebra sketches from Belgium, Fermi
questions about soccer from Germany, pie charts of what makes
math interesting to Spanish students, and other
We first learned about More Meaningful Math from Monika
Schwarze. A teacher at Germany's Pestalozzi-Gymnasium Unna,
Schwarze once appeared in these pages ... twelve years ago!
Now taking place: math education conversation of the day
"Trigonometry takes out the fun. I am waiting for a complete
solution. These problems are seen as intersection points of
diagonals in an n-gon. Four years ago, Philippe solved many
questions in that way."
- Sujeet, posted to the geometry.puzzles discussion
The Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM
Do you have a new idea or approach for teaching science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)?
A new STEM lesson plan, classroom activity, or other
An app, video, software or hardware that you created to
Sally Ride Science wants to hear about it — and award creators
of the best content $15,000 in prize money.
Open to any full time educator at a public or private school in
the U.S., the Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation
in STEM will be judged by two teachers, the Executive Director
of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the
Executive Director of Science Programs at The National Math and
Science Initiative (NMSI), and radio and television journalist
Check out the competition by clicking "View Other Entries,"
which reside in STEM Central, Sally Ride Science's public
collection of STEM articles, videos, maps, animations, and
other media. Then submit your entry before the deadline of
Friday, 31 October.
Sally Ride Science, founded by America's first woman in space,
last appeared in these pages upon the launch of STEM Central.
The company, which also administers the NASA-backed Sally Ride
EarthKAM educational outreach program, provides college and
career readiness training and tools "to build students' passion
for STEM fields and careers."