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January 2008: Primary Math Activities - Varnelle Moore
Five units of lesson plans for grades K-2, designed to introduce basic concepts in algebra, fractions, geometry, measurement, and symmetry. Each lesson includes: an interactive, manipulative-based project; an activity involving technology; pencil and paper practice; and literature connections. Each unit's lessons are aligned with Philadelphia and NCTM Standards. "Teacher Support Extension Ideas" offer links and other ideas. First featured in 2002; the algebra and symmetry units are new since then.

February 2008: Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) - Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Canada
Math educators specializing in enrichment for elementary and secondary schools: the Canadian Mathematics Contests; the Canadian Computing Competition; a comprehensive series of problems books; and problem-solving workshops for students and teachers. The Resources section offers free classroom materials, both paper-based and online, including lesson plans. Available in French.

March 2008: Exploring Data - Rex Boggs, Education Queensland, Australia
Curriculum materials for introductory statistics, including real-world data sets in tab-delimited, Excel 4.0, and NCSS Jr. 6.0 formats. Web pages and Word 2.0 documents offer activities, worksheets, assessment items, and links, as well as articles "designed to enhance the statistics knowledge of the teacher."

April 2008: Mathematics Illuminated - Annenberg Media
A multimedia course for adult learners and high school and college teachers. Rather than a series of problems to be solved, mathematics is presented as play we engage in to answer deep questions that are relevant in our world today. The 13 episodes use groundbreaking videos, interactive Web exploration, text materials, and group activities to reveal the secrets and hidden delights of the world of mathematics. Graduate credit available. Broadcasts begin April 8.

May 2008: Professional Development Program: Learning Math Together - The Math Forum @ Drexel
"I have rediscovered through this course that learning math isn't just about memorizing facts and figures, but about gaining meaning and understanding about math concepts." --Erica Smith, workshop participant from Jersey City, NJ
The Forum offers three types of professional development, some for Continuing Education Units (CEUs): online courses, based around the Problems of the Week and scheduled a few times a year; online workshops, exploring how technology can help students develop mathematical concepts and offered continuously throughout the year; and customized opportunities, for close collaboration and support over time.

June 2008: Mathematics Materials for Tomorrow's Teachers (M2T2) - MSTE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Five mathematics modules for use in training future mathematics teachers. Aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, the modules feature paper-and-pencil activities, manipulatives, and Java applets. The site offers a separate list of applets, as well as other materials from the modules.

July 2008: - Colin Hughes
Problems to solve, plus code-breaking challenges, archived past problems, and links to other puzzle sites. Aimed primarily at puzzle solvers aged roughly 11 and up, new challenges appear periodically through the year. Latest lists most recent puzzles, with the solution posting date. Includes a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions file) of various mathematical questions users have asked after attempting his problems.

August 2008: Interactivate: Assessments - Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
A set of Shodor's Interactivate activities that allow the user to keep track of correct responses. A number of these activities also allow users to select difficulty levels and specific problem types, as well as set a time limit. Designed for individual work, except for the two-player Connect Four games.

September 2008: Exploring and Writing Geometry - Cathleen V. Sanders
Sanders documents a writing-intensive Geometry class that she developed while teaching at the Punahou School in Hawaii. Chapters include class topics, samples of student work and reactions, and reflections on teaching content and methodology.

October 2008: Online Statistics: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study - Rice University, University of Houston, Clear Lake, and University of Houston, Downtown
This introductory-level statistics book, which can be read as a conventional textbook, also features interactive demonstrations and simulations, case studies, and an analysis lab.

November 2008: Sage: Open Source Mathematics Software - William Stein, University of Washington
An open source mathematics program designed to do everything from map a 12-dimensional object to calculate rainfall patterns under global warming--anything Maple, Matlab, or Mathematica would do. Sage is freely available for download on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms.

December 2008: Computer Science Unplugged - Tim Bell, Ian H. Witten, and Mike Fellows, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
A free collection of activities designed to teach the fundamentals of computer science without requiring a computer. Download or order PDF files, and get supplementary material for each activity from the site: videos, links, photos, curiosities, links to curricula, and more.

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