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14 December, 2012 Vol. 17, No. 50

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

TIMSS 2011 | Graphing Stories
Easy Stats from the Census Bureau

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TIMSS 2011

http://timss.org/

Results from the fifth Trends in International Mathematics and
Science Study (TIMSS) came out earlier this week.

Based on last year's assessment of 63 countries and 14
benchmarking participants, TIMSS 2011 International Results in
Mathematics measures trends in math achievement at the fourth
and eighth grades.

The report runs eight chapters and eight appendices, with an
executive summary and references. Freely download each section
one at a time -- or the combined 66MB document in one fell
swoop from here:

http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/timss2011/reports/international-results-mathematics.html

Video summaries address trends in student achievement, the
importance of home environment and preprimary education ("An
Early Start"), and factors for academic success:

http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/data-release-2011/

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

"Others, like Lee, Lu, and Eric, all went one step further.
While Lee does a good job explaining his thinking, Lu and Eric
also made nice charts. Ann used slightly different thinking.
She tried numbers that fit those two rules, as you can see in
her solution. Turning to Lauren, she did something pretty neat
that only a few of you did. She also determined that pencils
must cost four cents more than erasers, but then used that
information very creatively...."

- Riz, commenting on the FunPoW's latest solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4151

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GRAPHING STORIES

http://graphingstories.com/

Dan Meyer and the BuzzMath Team recently posted over twenty
short videos designed to orient students to abstract and
graphical representations.

Check out the clips of stories -- each 102 seconds in
length -- to graph using the freely downloadable accompanying
student template. Select from among story subjects, which range
from balls and carnivals to ponies and water; or types
of graphs:

- constant
- decreasing
- increasing
- linear
- parabolic
- periodic
- piecewise
- step graphs

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"I thought about Robert's son when I read this article. Has
anyone in the Math Teach community seen this app?"

- Richard, posted to the math-teach discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2420348

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EASY STATS FROM THE CENSUS BUREAU

http://www.census.gov/easystats/

The U.S. Census Bureau has a new interactive tool for selected
demographic and economic statistics.

Drawing on information from the yearly American Community
Survey, Easy Stats reports on education, housing, jobs, and
more by geography -- down to the local level of incorporated
places, like cities and towns.

Detailed race, age, and gender breakdowns include

- School Enrollment by Detailed Level of School for the
Population 3 Years and Over
- Family Income in the Past 12 Months
- Poverty Status in the Past 12 Months of Families
- Means of Transportation to Work
- Geographical Mobility in the Past Year for Current
Residence in the United States

From the results of any search, click in the lower right corner
on the green "MS Excel" icon to download the data in
spreadsheet format.

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<p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">TIMSS 2011</font></p>
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<p>
Results from the fifth Trends in International Mathematics and
Science Study (TIMSS) came out earlier this week.
</p>
<p>
Based on last year's assessment of 63 countries and 14
benchmarking participants, <i>TIMSS 2011 International Results in
Mathematics</i> measures trends in math achievement at the fourth
and eighth grades.
</p>
<p>
The report runs eight chapters and eight appendices, with an
executive summary and references. Freely download each section
one at a time &mdash; or the combined 66MB document in one fell
swoop from here:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/timss2011/reports/international-results-mathematics.html">http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/timss2011/reports/</a><br><a href="http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/timss2011/reports/international-results-mathematics.html">international-results-mathematics.html</a></p>
<p>
Video summaries address trends in student achievement, the
importance of home environment and preprimary education ("An
Early Start"), and factors for academic success:
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<p align="center"><a href="http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/data-release-2011/">http://timssandpirls.bc.edu/data-release-2011/</a></p>
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"Others, like Lee, Lu, and Eric, all went one step further.
While Lee does a good job explaining his thinking, Lu and Eric
also made nice charts. Ann used slightly different thinking.
She tried numbers that fit those two rules, as you can see in
her solution. Turning to Lauren, she did something pretty neat
that only a few of you did. She also determined that pencils
must cost four cents more than erasers, but then used that
information very creatively...."
<dd>
- Riz, commenting on the FunPoW's latest solution
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4151">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4151</a>
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<a href="http://graphingstories.com/">http://graphingstories.com/</a>
</p>
<p>
Dan Meyer and the BuzzMath Team recently posted over twenty
short videos designed to orient students to abstract and
graphical representations.
</p>
<p>
Check out the clips of stories &mdash; each 102 seconds in
length &mdash; to graph using the freely downloadable accompanying
student template. Select from among story subjects, which range
from balls and carnivals to ponies and water; or types
of graphs:
</p>
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<li>
constant
</li>
<li>
decreasing
</li>
<li>
increasing
</li>
<li>
linear
</li>
<li>
parabolic
</li>
<li>
periodic
</li>
<li>
piecewise
</li>
<li>
step graphs
</li>
</ul>
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"I thought about Robert's son when I read this article. Has
anyone in the Math Teach community seen this app?"
<dd>
- Richard, posted to the math-teach discussion
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2420348">http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2420348</a>
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">Easy Stats from the Census Bureau</font></strong></p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://www.census.gov/easystats/">http://www.census.gov/easystats/</a>
</p>
<p>
The U.S. Census Bureau has a new interactive tool for selected
demographic and economic statistics.
</p>
<p>
Drawing on information from the yearly American Community
Survey, Easy Stats reports on education, housing, jobs, and
more by geography &mdash; down to the local level of incorporated
places, like cities and towns.
</p>
<p>
Detailed race, age, and gender breakdowns include
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School Enrollment by Detailed Level of School for the
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</li>
<li>
Family Income in the Past 12 Months
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</li>
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Means of Transportation to Work
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<li>
Geographical Mobility in the Past Year for Current
Residence in the United States
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From the results of any search, click in the lower right corner
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