17 October, 2014
Volume 19 No. 42
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TIMSS Videos, Augmented

More Meaningful Math

The Sally Ride-Deloitte Award for Teaching Innovation in STEM


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


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 original materials:


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 teaching tool?

An app, video, software or hardware that you created to teach STEM?

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 Ira Flatow.

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."


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