6 March, 2015
Volume 20 No. 10
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In This Issue

Get Ready for Pi Day

Ignite Talks

Handwriting Recognition Technology for Math Questions


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Get Ready for Pi Day


Only eight more days 'til 3.14.15 — Pi Day, 2015!

Before next Saturday, check out the Forum's Teacher2Teacher FAQ for Problems of the Week, Ask Dr. Math conversations, book suggestions, and other web resources on the theme.

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

"Bella D. from Hanover Elementary School used a more rare approach — drawing a picture. It took me a little while to figure out her explanation, but once I saw it, I thought it was really cool.... Andrew W. from Birch Wathen Lenox School also used a comparing rates method, like Sawyer and Anirudh, but he used algebra to express his relationships and find the missing rate. Alyssa P. from Mesa Union Junior High used a method that literally made me say out loud, 'Why haven't I ever ever seen this before?' In all my years doing this problem with kids and adults, that is a slick method of reasoning! Finally, I wanted to let you know about a project that Cameron D., a student from Hanover Elementary School, worked on. His class is learning the programming language Scratch to make games and animations, and he made some to illustrate what happens when...."
- Max, commenting on the Pre-Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

Ignite Talks


Dan Meyer emcee'd our most recent series of Ignite talks. At the annual conference of the California Mathematics Council - Northern Section (CMC-North), these Math Forum staffers and colleagues spoke breathlessly about our passion for math education while 20 PowerPoint slides advanced every 15 seconds — ready or not!

  • Michael Fenton: Technology and the Curious Mind
  • Annie Fetter: The Hurrier I Go, The Behinder I Get
  • Javier Garcia: The Gate, The Voice & The Mirror
  • Arjan Khalsa: Musical Math Moods in Major and Minor Modes
  • Laila Nur: The Comedic Beauty of Mathematics
  • Bree Pickford-Murray: No Safe Risks
  • Max Ray: Math Teachers: The Key to Ending Racism
  • Teri Ryan: What Happened?
  • Brian Shay: A Crusade for the Common Core
  • Elizabeth Statmore: If It Is in the Way, It Is the Way

Re-visit the page as we continue releasing a new clip every day. In the meantime, check out our Ignite talks from earlier conferences:


And then join us! As mentioned in these pages two weeks ago, we'll facilitate Ignite talks at the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) next month:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Function notation was never so hilarious! The Comedic Beauty of Mathematics: http://youtu.be/Cwd9NuIobK4 Love these @themathforum talks"
- Bob, tweeted to his followers

Handwriting Recognition Technology for Math Questions


Earlier this week, a new suite of assessment tools came out that leverage handwriting recognition (HWR) technology.

Integrating HWR of MyScript (formerly Vision Objects), the software of education technology company Learnosity now lets students handwrite complex equations with a finger (on a touch screen) or a mouse. In real time, it translates those written symbols into machine-readable, digital information; evaluates the input for mathematical accuracy — even detecting equivalent forms — and then automatically scores it.

Watch a video of it in action here, or scroll down this Learnosity page to try it out for yourself:


For more of Learnosity's auto-scored math question types, click the "Math," "Graphs, and "Charts" tabs in the upper right of their page of demos:


MyScript's own Web Equation technology lets you use a mouse to handwrite an equation, which it then translates into LaTeX, MathML or as a symbol tree; plots in an adjacent Desmos graph; or computes with Wolfram|Alpha via the orange button:



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