Upwards of half a million people of all ages will share a mathematical exploration October 10-17. Get in on the fun of the inaugural Global Math Week, starting with its free materials, which include a guide for participating in as little as 15 minutes, and lesson plans and handouts for six different experiences with "exploding dots":
Global Math Week hatched out of a question asked of James Tanton, the Mathematician-at-Large for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). As with Tanton and the Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) that inspired this project, the partners of Global Math Week unite a bevy of organizations that have appeared in these pages through the years -- including a start-up featured only two issues ago.
Until the second Tuesday of next month rolls around, check out the tweets, community videos, and apps available from
On Tuesday, desktop software came out that typesets math from keystrokes, handwriting, or dictation in Microsoft Word.
EquatIO for Windows and EquatIO for Mac let you create mathematical equations, formulas, and more directly in the popular word processing application. Freely download and install the executable or disk image file; respectively,
Integration of EquatIO's predictive, flexible input technology with Desmos's next generation graphing calculator will come to EquatIO mathspace later this fall.
For its part, Desmos rolled out two innovations of its own yesterday: more and finer-grained automatic feedback; and improvements to its online calculators that make them more accessible to visually impaired or blind students. Read more about each development in turn:
Last Saturday's announcement from the President and President-Elect of NCTM foreshadows a migration of some content from mathforum.org to nctm.org, and the eventual sunsetting of mathforum.org as you know it today.
We have already reached out to many of you with whom we have collaborated to support your continued use of your materials.
Discussants and math doctors, stay tuned for more about NCTM's online community efforts.
Otherwise, please alert us to your special needs -- and thank you for building math community with us through the decades!