28 November, 2014
Volume 19 No. 48
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Holiday Shopping with the Math Forum

Computer Science Education Week


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Orientation Sessions

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Do your students have access to iPads?

Are you working with them to make sense of problems, talk mathematically with their peers, and persevere through the problem-solving process?

Our Problems of the Week (PoWs) have landed on a new social learning platform: CueThink, an innovative peer-to-peer iPad application. Download the free app from iTunes:


Then create an account and take a tour:


Look for the Forum's blue and gold fractal dragon logo as you assign problems to your students using the CueThink Teacher Dashboard.

CueThink is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research Grant, and is an Alumni of LearnLaunch Accelerator and Paypal's StartTank.

PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"The first problem is actually simple but hard. You half to multiply ..."
- Avel, highlighted in the FunPoW's Latest Solution

Holiday Shopping with the Math Forum


Shopping online with Amazon.com or Target this holiday season? Start at mathforum.org, and with one small initial step, you can help sustain the Math Forum.

Just bookmark or select this page as a "favorite" in your browser:


The next time you start to shop online, first click through its "amazon.com" or "Target" icons. If you then purchase anything at either site, a little revenue will come our way, at no extra cost to you.

In addition to our four Ask Dr. Math books, Amazon.com carries Powerful Problem Solving, which has racked up uniformly enthusiastic reviews since it debuted:


Thank you for your help!

The Math Geek Holiday Gift Guide


On Sunday, Scientific American published a compendium of cool mathematical gifts.

Going well beyond the latest titles and charities accepting donations, their math geek holiday gift guide recommends

  • hyperbolic crocheting kits
  • puzzles and games
  • mathematical beading tutorials
  • stereographic projection models

Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Next Thanksgiving, I think I'm gonna stay home rather than visit relatives with college freshman kids who think I might know something about any of this stuff :) Giving thanks, again, and sorry for disturbing your holiday."
- John, posted to the sci.math discussion

Computer Science Education Week


Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) boots up Monday, 8 December.

Advocating "an hour of code for every student" the second week of December, CSEdWeek occurs annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. Students the world over have already registered to participate in more than fifty thousands events, many as part of their entire school hosting an "Hour of Code." Join the fun here:


The Hour of Code's most popular tutorial, "write your first computer program," plays like a game and features video lectures that star Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Angry Birds. Available in 34 foreign languages, it covers repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. Other tutorials include

  • Frozen's Anna and Elsa in an exploration of snowflakes
  • coding projects in Python, Processing, and Quorum
  • a Pokemon-inspired action game in Swift
  • an introduction to JavaScript
  • phone and tablet app creation, several appropriate for pre-readers

No computers for your students? Low bandwidth or no Internet connection whatsoever? CSEdWeek does not require any special hardware or software, or even prior coding experience from teachers. Try "unplugged" computer science lessons and activities such as

  • My Robotic Friends
  • Conditionals with Cards
  • Binary Baubles
  • fuzzFamily Frenzy
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors

Every educator who hosts an Hour of Code for students will receive 10 GB of Dropbox space or $10 Skype credit as a thank you gift — and 100 classrooms will win sets of programmable robots:



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