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June 16, 2017 Vol. 22, No. 24


Summer Slugger | Game-a-thon
Graphing Calculator Apps by Symbolab



On Wednesday, Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the
national launch of a new game-based learning experience aimed
at preventing the "summer slide."

Summer Slugger's ten math games include--

- Round the Bases (place value and rounding);
- Fraction Fastball (adding and subtracting fractions
and decimals);
- Pick Your Pitch (identifying equivalent quantities);
- Factor Fielding (factors and multiples); and
- Polygon Pitch (properties of shapes).

Participate free of charge by clicking the white button labeled
"I need a code" and selecting one of the 14 MLB clubs that have
joined the initial promotion:

Don't see your local team in that pull-down list? Just register
with the code "MLBDigital."

Through the same platform hosted by official MLB education
partner EVERFI, instructors at schools and community-based
organizations across the United States and Canada may track
their students' progress at no cost. Download the 1.3M
curriculum guide to learn more about trophies, special
challenges, and how to pace the games, which also
address literacy.



An annual competition is underway to challenge K-grade 12
students to design, build, and share games that feature
creative and unusual solutions to mathematical problems.

Student inventions may take many forms, such as--

- card games;
- board games;
- apps; and
- outdoor games.

Check out "Hungry Alligators," "Fraction Tag," "Shape Shop,"
and the other games that claimed top honors in 2016:

Take a sneak peek at some of this year's entries:

Then get in on the fun by watching a webinar and downloading
guides for how to implement a game design unit in
your classroom:

The Game-a-thon, sponsored by MIND Research Institute,
appeared here in its inaugural year. For a sample of the
Institute's own games, which represent math concepts with
language-independent animations, try Spatial-Temporal Math.
This fraction game stars a penguin named JiJi:



Earlier this week, the developer behind a semantic math search
engine rolled out several new versions of interactive graphing
calculator apps. These new downloads from Symbolab include an
initial release of an Android app that simultaneously plots
multiple functions and instantly shows their properties, among
other features:

Symbolab's more fully-featured Android app appeared in these
pages a few years ago. Supported by ads, "Math solver" has
gotten updated recently, as well:

Over in the iTunes Store, Symbolab's graphing calculator app
already had optical character recognition (OCR) to interpret
algebra photographed using an iPhone or iPad. This week's
update to that iOS app extends that OCR functionality
to calculus:

Both versions provide complete function evaluation, step by
step, with in-app purchases.



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