May 12, 2017 Vol. 22, No. 19
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Ignite Talks | Mathstodon.xyz
Photos and Videos from the National Math Festival
What makes us passionate about math education?
Last week, we began posting daily a new five-minute clip of a
different Math Forum community member speaking about his or her
passion for math education.
Troy Jones's video just hit YouTube today; tomorrow, Robyn
Drew's "The Mystery of the Circle" rounds out this series
filmed at the NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition.
For more fast, fired-up fun, watch other Ignite talks from
PoW taking place: Math problem-solving moment of the week
"First off, i had to do a lot of time figuring out.... it took
me a while, but an AHA! was when i realized that...."
- Student Eleven, quoted in the Pre-Algebra PoW's
A free, open-source social network launched last month.
Mastodon, a decentralized alternative to Twitter, offers
granular, per-post privacy settings that allow users to retain
complete control over what is seen of their
Mastodon also supports open-source software. Two mathematicians
recently set up an instance that renders LaTeX and invited
others to post their best #proofinatoot:
A bot has already begun "tooting" daily from the Interesting
Esoterica collection of an e-learning officer from Newcastle
University's School of Mathematics and Statistics. @esoterica's
toots include abstracts as well as links to published papers,
taking full advantage of the larger character limit.
Consult this guide to learn more about Mastodon, what sets it
apart from Twitter, a selection of instances, and apps for
mobile microblogging and cross posting from your Mastodon
account to your Twitter account.
Now taking place: Math education conversation of the day
"Love it! I've been trying this lately. We have an alpha that
is also impulsive -- it's a neat struggle to have!"
- Talia, replying to @themathforum's tweet about Mary
Bourassa's Ignite! talk
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS FROM THE NATIONAL MATH FESTIVAL
Miss the National Math Festival? A first peek of pictures and
recorded lectures from last month's free Saturday of
mathematical fun in the nation's capital are now online.
See, in particular, Dr. Talitha Washington's presentation
titled "The Mathematics of the 'Hidden Figures.'" Washington,
an associate professor of mathematics at Howard University,
discusses the Oscar-nominated movie that portrayed three
African-American women who worked at the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA) during the era of Jim
To download a curriculum guide for "Hidden Figures" or register
for one full-length DVD copy of the movie directly from 21st
Century Fox, visit
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