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 for each course starts at $149. http://mathforum.org/pd/ Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week Pre-Algebra Focus led by Suzanne Alejandre October 2 - November 12 http://mathforum.org/pd/prealgpow/ Teaching Math with the Problems of the Week Math Fundamentals Focus led by Claire Mead October 9 - November 19 http://mathforum.org/pd/funpow/ \|/ As you browse the catalog, please take a moment to rate a 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." CHECK OUT THE MATH TOOLS SITE: Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ Register http://mathforum.org/mathtools/register.html Discussions http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html Research Area http://mathforum.org/mathtools/research/ Developers Area http://mathforum.org/mathtools/developers/ Newsletter Archive http://mathforum.org/mathtools/newsletter/ \`. .--------------.___________) \ |//////////////|___________[ ] `--------------' ) ( '-' The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 5 September 2008