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Volume 22, Number 19

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 May 12, 2017                                   Vol. 22, No. 19


                  Ignite Talks |
        Photos and Videos from the National Math Festival


                          IGNITE TALKS


 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
 previous conferences:


    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
   latest solution




 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
 500-character "toots."

 Mastodon also supports open-source software. Two mathematicians
 recently set up an instance that renders LaTeX and invited
 others to post their best #proofinatoot:

we-want-your-best-proofinatoot-on-mathstodon-xyz/ 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 Crow laws: 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 -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum at NCTM Online PD Online Workshops Ask Dr. Math Problems of the Week Powerful Problem Solving Mathematics Library Math Tools Teacher2Teacher Discussion Groups Join the Math Forum Ask Dr. Math Books Facebook Blogs Twitter Feed SEND COMMENTS TO: _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ An archive of all the Math Forum newsletters and directions for subscribing can be found at

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