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16 November, 2012 Vol. 17, No. 46

THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

Data Games | MIT BLOSSOMS Lesson Contest
Reel Math | Math Warriors Erratum

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DATA GAMES

http://play.ccssgames.com/

KCP Technologies recently launched a new web application that
embeds simple games in a data analysis environment.

As students play Data Games, they generate data that they must
analyze to win the games. Supporting materials include a
student worksheet; teacher guidelines that correlate the
activity to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
(CCSSM); and videos that introduce game play and that explain
the mathematics and pedagogy.

KCP Technologies developed The Geometer's Sketchpad over twenty
years ago, followed by Fathom Dynamic Data and TinkerPlots
Dynamic Data Exploration. The most recent versions of each of
those educational software packages continues to rack up awards
from the ComputED Learning Center, EdTech Digest, and
Technology & Learning, among others. They created Data Games
through a collaboration with the Scientific Research Reasoning
Institute (SRRI) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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

"Thanks to students from Hanover Street School, we actually
have some data to answer that question. They enjoyed this PoW
so much they conducted their own survey and made a graph of the
results. Please check out this video
(http://youtu.be/W1eFijX9esI) they made."

- Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's latest solution

http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4140

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MIT BLOSSOMS LESSON CONTEST

http://blossoms.mit.edu/news/stories/overview_mit_blossoms_%E2%80%9Cback_school%E2%80%9D_lesson_contest

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invites
English-speaking teachers to submit their lesson designs for a
new BLOSSOMS lesson in mathematics, science or engineering.

BLOSSOMS stands for Blended Learning Science or Math Studies.
The videos in its open repository of interactive modules are
not long lectures to be watched passively, but rather clips
that engage teachers in a "teaching duet" with a partner whose
own classroom might be a world away.

Since we first featured BLOSSOMS, its partner institutions have
grown to represent fifteen different government agencies and
universities from Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.
As of this writing, they have collaborated to produce 86
videos, including 28 dedicated to math -- some in Urdu
or Arabic:

http://blossoms.mit.edu/videos?field_topic_value_many_to_one=1&term_node_tid_depth=All

Teachers who win the lesson contest earn an all-expenses-paid
trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to film their lessons
during either their winter or spring vacation.

Submit your idea for a teaching duet video before the deadline
of Monday, 3 December. Start by downloading this PDF of the
concept template:

http://blossoms-live.mit.edu/sites/default/files/Concept_Template_English.pdf

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Since when was math class about memorization? Math has always
involved the least amount of memorization of any subject I can
think of, with the possible exception of P.E. classes."

- Dave, posted to the math-teach discussion

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7923790

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REEL MATH CHALLENGE

http://www.reelmath.org/

This year's Reel Math Challenge has begun!

Open to any US resident in grades six through eight, the
contest challenges students to create a video that uses a
real-world application to teach the math concept in a problem
of their choosing from the 2012-13 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook,
freely available for download here:

http://www.reelmath.org/download-problems

Public voting, which begins in January, will decide which
videos advance through the competition. Four finalist teams
will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2013 MATHCOUNTS
National Competition, where they will present their videos.
Each member of the team that creates the winning video will
receive a $1,000 college scholarship. In addition, any team
that enters videos in the contest becomes eligible for weekly
gift card drawings.

All entries will be added to a free online library indexed to
specific math concepts, difficulty levels, and Common Core
Standards. Check out the more than 300 videos entered from last
year, all searchable and categorized into fourteen math topics:

http://www.reelmath.org/videos

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Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"We need ideas for activities/projects/cooperative
learning/supplemental info. If anyone has any ideas,
activities, or websites that they could share with me, I would
greatly appreciate it!

- Amy, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group
of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2415258

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MATH WARRIORS ERRATUM

http://www.mathwarriorswebseries.com/

Last week's feature on Math Warriors contained a misstatement.

The comedic webseries has not been approved by Math for
America -- only screened for MfA. As an organization, MfA does
not approve videos.

The Math Forum apologizes for the error.

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<a href="http://play.ccssgames.com/">http://play.ccssgames.com/</a>
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KCP Technologies recently launched a new web application that
embeds simple games in a data analysis environment.
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As students play Data Games, they generate data that they must
analyze to win the games. Supporting materials include a
student worksheet; teacher guidelines that correlate the
activity to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
(CCSSM); and videos that introduce game play and that explain
the mathematics and pedagogy.
</p>
<p>
KCP Technologies developed <i>The Geometer's Sketchpad&reg;</i> over twenty
years ago, followed by <i>Fathom&reg; Dynamic Data</i> and <i>TinkerPlots&reg;
Dynamic Data Exploration</i>. The most recent versions of each of
those educational software packages continues to rack up awards
from the ComputED Learning Center, <i>EdTech Digest</i>, and
<i>Technology &amp; Learning</i>, among others. They created Data Games
through a collaboration with the Scientific Research Reasoning
Institute (SRRI) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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<i><font color="#003399">PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week</font></i>
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<dt>
"Thanks to students from Hanover Street School, we actually
have some data to answer that question. They enjoyed this PoW
so much they conducted their own survey and made a graph of the
results. Please check out this <a href="http://youtu.be/W1eFijX9esI">video</a> they made."
<dd>
- Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's latest solution
<dd>
<a href="http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4140">http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4140</a>
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<p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">
<p><strong><font color="#003399">MIT BLOSSOMS Lesson Contest</font></strong></p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://blossoms.mit.edu/news/stories/overview_mit_blossoms_%E2%80%9Cback_school%E2%80%9D_lesson_contest">http://blossoms.mit.edu/news/stories/</a><br><a href="http://blossoms.mit.edu/news/stories/overview_mit_blossoms_%E2%80%9Cback_school%E2%80%9D_lesson_contest">overview_mit_blossoms_%E2%80%9C</a><br><a href="http://blossoms.mit.edu/news/stories/overview_mit_blossoms_%E2%80%9Cback_school%E2%80%9D_lesson_contest">back_school%E2%80%9D_lesson_contest</a>
</p>
<p>
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) invites
English-speaking teachers to submit their lesson designs for a
new BLOSSOMS lesson in mathematics, science or engineering.
</p>
<p>
BLOSSOMS stands for Blended Learning Science or Math Studies.
The videos in its open repository of interactive modules are
not long lectures to be watched passively, but rather clips
that engage teachers in a "teaching duet" with a partner whose
own classroom might be a world away.
</p>
<p>
Since we first featured BLOSSOMS, its partner institutions have
grown to represent fifteen different government agencies and
universities from Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia.
As of this writing, they have collaborated to produce 86
videos, including 28 dedicated to math &mdash; some in Urdu
or Arabic:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://blossoms.mit.edu/videos?field_topic_value_many_to_one=1&term_node_tid_depth=All">http://blossoms.mit.edu/videos?</a><br><a href="http://blossoms.mit.edu/videos?field_topic_value_many_to_one=1&term_node_tid_depth=All">field_topic_value_many_to_one=1&</a><br><a href="http://blossoms.mit.edu/videos?field_topic_value_many_to_one=1&term_node_tid_depth=All">term_node_tid_depth=All</a></p>
<p>
Teachers who win the lesson contest earn an all-expenses-paid
trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to film their lessons
during either their winter or spring vacation.
</p>
<p>
Submit your idea for a teaching duet video before the deadline
of Monday, 3 December. Start by downloading this PDF of the
concept template:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://blossoms-live.mit.edu/sites/default/files/Concept_Template_English.pdf">http://blossoms-live.mit.edu/sites/default/files/</a><br><a href="http://blossoms-live.mit.edu/sites/default/files/Concept_Template_English.pdf">Concept_Template_English.pdf</a></p>
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<i><font color="#003399">Now taking place: math education conversation of the day</font></i>
<p>
<dt>
"Since when was math class about memorization? Math has always
involved the least amount of memorization of any subject I can
think of, with the possible exception of P.E. classes."
<dd>
- Dave, posted to the math-teach discussion
<dd>
<a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7923790">http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7923790</a>
</p>
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">Reel Math</font></strong></p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://www.reelmath.org/">http://www.reelmath.org/</a>
</p>
<p>
This year's Reel Math Challenge has begun!
</p>
<p>
Open to any US resident in grades six through eight, the
contest challenges students to create a video that uses a
real-world application to teach the math concept in a problem
of their choosing from the 2012-13 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook,
freely available for download here:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.reelmath.org/download-problems">http://www.reelmath.org/download-problems</a></p>
<p>
Public voting, which begins in January, will decide which
videos advance through the competition. Four finalist teams
will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2013 MATHCOUNTS
National Competition, where they will present their videos.
Each member of the team that creates the winning video will
receive a $1,000 college scholarship. In addition, any team
that enters videos in the contest becomes eligible for weekly
gift card drawings.
</p>
<p>
All entries will be added to a free online library indexed to
specific math concepts, difficulty levels, and Common Core
Standards. Check out the more than 300 videos entered from last
year, all searchable and categorized into fourteen math topics:
</p>
<p align="center"><a href="http://www.reelmath.org/videos">http://www.reelmath.org/videos</a></p>
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<p>
<dt>
"We need ideas for activities/projects/cooperative
learning/supplemental info. If anyone has any ideas,
activities, or websites that they could share with me, I would
greatly appreciate it!
<dd>
- Amy, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group
of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State
<dd>
<a href="http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2415258">http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?threadID=2415258</a>
</p>
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<p><strong><font color="#003399">Math Warriors Erratum</font></strong></p>
<p align="center">
<a href="http://www.mathwarriorswebseries.com/">http://www.mathwarriorswebseries.com/</a>
</p>
<p>
Last week's feature on Math Warriors contained a misstatement.
</p>
<p>
The comedic webseries has not been approved by Math for
America &mdash; only screened for MfA. As an organization, MfA does
not approve videos.
</p>
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The Math Forum apologizes for the error.
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