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

 ***ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES
 Designed for teachers who want to implement problem solving
 more effectively, these moderated courses led by Math Forum
 professional staff take place online using Blackboard Vista
 (formerly WebCT) or Blackboard.

 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). Current prices
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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
   led by Claire Mead
   October 9 - November 19
   http://mathforum.org/pd/funpow/

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 resource, comment on it, review it -- start a new or join
 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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            The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 5 September 2008