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        MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - JUNE 29, 2007 - No. 53

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  resource, comment on it, review it -- or start a new
  discussion!

  ***FEATURED DISCUSSION
  Algebra Textbook Recommendation
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=a_____g-19
  Kenny C explains, "I work in a high school continuation
  program, where students need to be able to learn as much as
  they can from their textbooks.... Please give me
  recommendations of what Algebra texts you feel would be
  most helpful for students in this situation."

  ***FEATURED ACTIVITY
  Slope Pix Lab
  Kathy Traylor
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/activity/31775/
  This is a computer activity using Sketchpad and specially
  selected pictures located online to help students understand
  the concept of slope.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Secret Worlds: The Universe Within
  Matthew J. Parry-Hill, Christopher A. Burdett, Michael W. Davidson
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/31892/
  View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth.
  Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders
  of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree in Tallahassee,
  Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a
  leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls,
  the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the
  subatomic universe of electrons and protons.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Understanding Averages
  Birmingham Grid for Learning
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/31675/
  The aim of the Understanding Averages topic area is to
  introduce learners to averages, calculating the mean and
  finding the range. Linked resources include factsheets,
  games, quizzes, and worksheets.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Probability
  BBC: Skillwise
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/31674/
  The 'Probability' module looks at the probability scale
  (from 0 to 1) and uses fractions to represent probability.
  It also touches on using percentages and decimals to express
  probabilities, by converting between fractions, decimals
  and percentages.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Mental Addition and Subtraction
  BBC: Skillwise
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/31673/
  The Mental Addition and Subtraction module can be used as
  a starting point for: learning different methods of mental
  addition and subtraction. Linked resources include factsheets,
  games, quizzes, and worksheets.

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  ***OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-10
  The MathMentor
  http://mathforum.org/cooke/
  The Math Forum @ Drexel is offering the MathMentor, an
  online mentoring program that is designed to expand
  students' career aspirations and help them to develop
  interest in math, science and technology. Applications
  are currently being accepted.

  ***OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS OF GRADES 3-5
  Free Online Professional Development Workshops
  Tools for Building Math Concepts
  http://mathforum.org/toolsandconcepts/
  This workshop sponsored by Microsoft Corporation introduces
  the use of computers to develop fundamental concepts of
  multiplication, fractions, division and area through the
  process of generating data and examining patterns.

  ***OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS OF GRADES 5-9
  Free Online Professional Development Workshops
  Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build
    Algebraic Reasoning
  http://mathforum.org/nsdl_mathtech/online/
  Teachers explore how technology can help students build
  algebraic reasoning as they model and solve contextualized
  problems using a variety of representations, including
  graphs, tables, equations, and words.


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                The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 29 June 2007