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```          MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - APRIL 1, 2006 - No. 38

Texas Instruments is offering at no charge their T^3 Online
Courses.

http://education.ti.com/onlinecourses

The list of online courses includes:

- Geometry with Cabri Jr. and the TI-84 Plus
Offers techniques to incorporate the TI-84 Plus and
Cabri Jr. into geometry lessons.
- Middle Grades Mathematics Using the TI-Navigator
mathematics classes.
- Algebra Using the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus
Self-paced course offers new ideas for using
technology as a teaching tool.
- Calculus Using the TI-89
Enhance students' learning of calculus using the TI-89.
- High School Mathematics Using the TI-Navigator
Learn to incorporate TI-Navigator into mathematics
classes.
- Calculus Using the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus
Techniques using the TI83 Plus/TI-84 Plus are
illustrated with standard calculus problems.
- Vernier/T^3 Introduction to Scientific Data Collection
and Analysis
Incorporate TI Data collection technology into the
science curriculum.

After taking a free workshop, come post ratings and reviews
of TI resources, share lesson plans and activities, and
tell stories. From the Math Tools index of all content on
the TI calculator, click on a highlighted tab's "More: lessons,
discussions, ratings, reviews,..." and then choose links
between the two thick grey lines.

Browsing: All Content on TI Calculator
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/cell/ALL,ALL,ALL,dd/

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***FEATURED TPOW
tPoW: Patio Stones
Suzanne Alejandre
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tpow/23642/
How many stones did Kathy need to buy to pave an area
in her yard?

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Flow Rates
Maryland Virtual High School
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/23638/
This simulation explores the rate of flow of a liquid
through a burette. Students may work through a series of
provided questions by adjusting initial volume, inflow,
and outflow coefficients.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Three Scientists and Three Bandits
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/23371/
A river-crossing problem in which the goal is to get both
scientists and bandits across without having the bandits
outnumber the scientists on either side of the river during
the process.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Deer Population
Maryland Virtual High School
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/23591/
Explore examples of exponential growth and decay, bounded
growth, and carrying capacity in this simulation of the
effects of birth and death rates and food supply on a deer
population. Includes questions to guide students' explorations.

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Looking for feedback to improve Graph Mole
SulanDun writes, "I'm looking for feedback from anyone who
teaches graphing (x,y) points on the coordinate plane."

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
MIMIO versus Smart Boards
Clyde asks, "What are the pros and cons for Mimio over Smart Board?"

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Web Logs ("blogs") for teaching and learning mathematics
Craig writes, "Frances Harris (our librarian, and author of
the book 'I Found It On The Internet') recently showed me what
appears to be an effective use of a web log as a teaching tool
for a Canadian math teacher, Darren Kuropatwa. I encourage you
to investigate what this teacher has done, and to comment on it
in this discussion."

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