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17 December, 2010 Vol. 15, No. 51

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

In Memoriam, Tom O'Brien | Best Evidence Encyclopedia
Expert Voices Gateway

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IN MEMORIAM, TOM O'BRIEN

Tom O'Brien died last Monday. In a professional career that
spanned over five decades, O'Brien taught math and researched
how people learn. Along the way, he established mathplace.net
and developed software such as Safari Search, Teasers by Tobbs,
and Blockers and Finders.

O'Brien entrusted the Math Forum with the scanned archives of
his journal Seedbed, now available online:

http://mathforum.org/seedbed/

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics published this
article about O'Brien a couple months ago, summarizing his
ongoing work with math teachers:

http://atm.org.uk/journal/archive/mt219files/ATM-MT219-03-07.pdf

The death of the NATO Senior Research Fellow in Science preceded
the birthdate of George Polya by exactly one week. The two
contemporaries met and corresponded on several memorable
occasions, as chronicled with humor, and poignance, in the
second of these personal tributes, originally published in the
same UK journal:

http://www.professortobbs.com/articles/Memories_of_George_Polya.pdf

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

"This problem was fun. At first I made a big flaw...."

- Munther B, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's
Latest Solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=3889

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BEST EVIDENCE ENCYCLOPEDIA

http://www.bestevidence.org/

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) rates and summarizes
reviews of math programs such as

- The University of Chicago School Mathematics
Project (UCSMP)
- Everyday Mathematics
- Mathematics in Context
- Connected Mathematics
- Saxon Math
- I Can Learn
- Jostens/Compass Learning
- SuccessMaker
- Accelerated Math

Created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's
Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education, with funding from
the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education
Sciences, BEE also provides the full text of each review.

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"The basic course is called 'lyhyt' (short) and the advanced
course is 'pitka' (long). If you have other questions [about]
mathematics education in Finland, I will try to answer."

- Antti R, posted to the math-teach discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7334745

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and science standards.

Authored by teaching and learning experts from the Ohio State
University, this blog contributes to the Expert Voices (EV)
blogosphere of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). All
EV blogs feature Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (STEM) discussions and information of interest for
teachers, students, NSDL Pathways, NSF-funded projects, and
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Tom O'Brien died last Monday. In a professional career that
spanned over five decades, O'Brien taught math and researched
how people learn. Along the way, he established mathplace.net
and developed software such as Safari Search, Teasers by
Tobbs, and Blockers and Finders.
</p>
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O'Brien entrusted the Math Forum with the scanned archives of
his journal <i>Seedbed</i>, now available online:
</p>
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/seedbed/">http://mathforum.org/seedbed/</a>
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The Association of Teachers of Mathematics published this
article about O'Brien a couple months ago, summarizing his
ongoing work with math teachers:
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<a href="http://atm.org.uk/journal/archive/mt219files/ATM-MT219-03-07.pdf">http://atm.org.uk/journal/archive/mt219files/ATM-MT219-03-07.pdf</a>
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The death of the former NATO Senior Research Fellow in Science
preceded the birthdate of George P&oacute;lya by exactly one week. The two
contemporaries met and corresponded on several memorable occasions,
as chronicled with humor, and poignance, in the second of these
personal tributes, originally published in the same UK journal:
</p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://www.professortobbs.com/articles/Memories_of_George_Polya.pdf">http://www.professortobbs.com/articles/Memories_of_George_Polya.pdf</a>
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"This problem was fun. At first I made a big flaw...."
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- Munther B, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=3889">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=3889</a>
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The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) rates and summarizes
reviews of math programs such as
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The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project (UCSMP)
</li>
<li>
Everyday Mathematics
</li>
<li>
Connected Mathematics
</li>
<li>
Saxon Math
</li>
<li>
I Can Learn
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<li>
Jostens/Compass Learning
</li>
<li>
SuccessMaker
</li>
<li>
Accelerated Math
</li>
</ul>
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Created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's
Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education, with funding from
the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education
Sciences, BEE also provides the full text of each review.
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mathematics education in Finland, I will try to answer.""
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- Antti R, posted to the math-teach discussion
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<a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7334745">http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7334745</a>
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Exemplary Resources for Middle School Math and Science points
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Authored by teaching and learning experts from the Ohio State
University, this blog contributes to the Expert Voices (EV)
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