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Larry Copes

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Registered: 10/10/09
Mathematics challenges for students
Posted: Sep 14, 2010 10:58 AM
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Odysseys2sense is a fairly new game-like forum in which anonymous
contributors gain power by making posts that are rated highly by other
players on criteria such as completeness, accuracy, helpfulness, and
civility.

Several current forums are focused on mathematical topics that might
be of interest to you and your students. Each forum consists of
challenges, which in these cases are mathematics problems with a
twist. In fact, college students sometimes find even the elementary-
level problems challenging.

These forums (Odysseys) were set up for various courses, whose
students are responding to the challenges. You and your students can
freely read and review those responses and participate in the general
discussions of them. I personally find the process, which encourages
critical thinking, entertaining and very informative.

You can also apply to set up forums for your own courses.

The site is

http://www.odysseys2sense.com

After free and private registration, you can find mathematical
Odysseys at

Copes: Problems in probability and statistics
Copes: Conic sections
Copes: Problems in secondary geometry
Copes: Problems in secondary mathematics
Copes: Problems in middle-school mathematics
Copes: Problems in elementary mathematics
Schield: Statistical literacy

There are other forums there as well, concerning pedagogical issues as
well as a wide range of social questions. Some of these are more
developed than others.



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