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       MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - JUNE 6, 2008 - No. 64

 ***NEW ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE
 Problem Solving Strategies
 http://mathforum.org/pd/problemsolving/

 Participating in this course is a chance to practice and
 think about mathematical problem solving with interesting
 and fun colleagues in a relaxed online environment.

 We'll do problems, share our strategies, and explore the
 details of a curriculum strand that can be integrated into
 any middle school and high school math course to explicitly
 build student confidence and competence in this area.
 Problems will be selected to match the interests and needs
 of participants.

 All individuals who successfully complete the course will
 receive a certificate indicating that they have completed
 15 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to
 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs); these can be received
 from the Drexel University School of Education for a fee of
 $15, in addition to our current discounted course cost
 of $126.

     led by Stephen Weimar, director of the Math Forum
     June 21 - July 3
     Registration closes 5 pm ET on Friday, June 13

 http://mathforum.org/pd/problemsolving/register.html

 ***FREE ONLINE OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS OF GRADES 5-9
 Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability
 http://mathforum.org/nsdl_mathtech/online/prob.html

 Each participant's $100 workshop fee is being covered by a
 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, affording participants
 the convenience of anytime, anywhere online learning.

 The workshop will be offered June 30 - August 11.
 Certificates of completion will be available for participants
 finishing the six weeks of interaction. For an overview with
 additional detalis, visit:

 http://mathforum.org/nsdl_mathtech/online/overview.prob.html

 Deadline for applications is Monday, June 23, 2008.

 http://mathforum.org/nsdl_mathtech/online/apply.prob.html

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 Participants in the Forum's first Technology Tools for
 Thinking and Reasoning about Probability workshop last month
 drafted these tPoWs:

 ***tPoW DRAFT
 Cereal Boxes and Spinners
 by Lana Steckler-Marshall & Linda Fahlberg-Stojanovska
 http://mathforum.org/tpow/index2.ehtml?puzzle=235

 ***tPoW DRAFT
 Heads and Tails by Craig Russell
 http://mathforum.org/tpow/index2.ehtml?puzzle=236

 ***tPoW DRAFT
 Beat the Odds? by Carol Speck
 http://mathforum.org/tpow/index2.ehtml?puzzle=238

 ***tPoW DRAFT
 Dice Sums by Deyanira Salazar
 http://mathforum.org/tpow/index2.ehtml?puzzle=240

 ***tPoW DRAFT
 Pick a Number by Thomas Bateman
 http://mathforum.org/tpow/index2.ehtml?puzzle=237

 ***tPoW DRAFT
 Box Model by Kathy Boyle
 http://mathforum.org/tpow/index2.ehtml?puzzle=239

 If you try any of them with students, we'd love to hear
 your feedback! Send email to Suzanne

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 As you browse the catalog, please take a moment to rate a
 resource, comment on it, review it -- start a new discussion,
 or join an existing conversation!

 ***FEATURED TOOL
 Tool: Google Sketchup 6
 http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/48658/
 Google
 Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create,
 export and present 3D models. Whether you want to design
 a new deck for your house, build models for Google Earth,
 or teach geometry to your fifth-graders, you can use
 SketchUp to see your ideas in 3D. And when you're done,
 you can export an image, make a movie or print out a view
 of what you made. Available in Windows 2000/XP/Vista
 or Mac OS X (10.4+) format.

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             The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 6 June 2008