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```      MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 5, 2008 - No. 67

***ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES
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professional staff take place online using Blackboard Vista
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All individuals who successfully complete the course will
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Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week
Pre-Algebra Focus
led by Suzanne Alejandre
October 2 - November 12
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Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week
Math Fundamentals Focus
October 9 - November 19
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a discussion, or join an existing conversation!

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Interactive Multiplication Grid
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/52184/
Michael Backus
An interactive multiplication grid designed for students
who are having difficulty learning their times tables.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Cram 1.0
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/52845/
SimpleLeap Software LLC.
Cram is test preparation software to use on a mobile
device. It allows you to create, import, share, and
study for tests. Cram is suited for studying for job
training, certifications, homework help, test preparation,
and standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT,
Accuplacer, LSAT and more.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Matching Fractions - Level One
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/52452/
Sheppard Software
This Flash matching game requires students to match a
diagram of a fraction with the written fraction. It is
designed to reinforce students' understanding of what
a fraction is.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Interactive Story Problem: The Cost of Smoking Cigarettes
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/52185/
Michael Backus
Students explore some of the costs associated with
smoking cigarettes.

***FEATURED ACTIVITY
Activity: The Art Gallery Problem
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/activity/50560/
Texas Instruments
The question of where patrons should stand to enjoy the
best view of a painting is one that art gallery curators
must consider on a regular basis. In this activity, a
painting 2 meters tall is placed 1 meter above the
average person's eye level. At what distance from the
wall should the average person stand in order to get
the best view?

***FEATURED ACTIVITY
Activity: Algebra Nspirations: Linear Functions
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/activity/48610/
am productions llc
A video that focuses on the TI-Nspire graphing calculator
in the context of teaching algebra. In this program the
TI-Nspire is used to explore the nature of linear functions.
Examples ranging from air travel, construction, engineering,
and global warming provide real-world examples for discovering
algebraic concepts. All examples are solved graphically. A
free video preview can be accessed from the site.

***FEATURED ACTIVITY
Activity: What's My Model?
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/activity/50562/
Texas Instruments
Students will investigate several different regression models
and determine which of the models makes the most sense, based
upon a real-world situation (cooling a cup of hot chocolate).

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Tutorial software for high school algebra
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?context=dtype&do=r&msg=55922
FByrne adds to a discussion, "I think this software will be
helpful. It's called Brain Power Math and allows teachers to
easily create e-learning assignments in algebra and other
areas of math."

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