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    MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - APRIL 12, 2009 - No. 74

  ***DR. CONSTANTINE PAPADAKIS, 1946-2009
  http://drexel.edu/papadakis/

  It is with great sadness that we report the recent death
  of Drexel University President Dr. Constantine "Taki"
  Papadakis. His loss will be deeply felt across the
  University community.

  Dr. Papadakis was the primary reason the Math Forum found
  a home at Drexel in 2001, and had been a strong supporter
  of the Forum ever since.

  ***ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS (free)
  For teachers of students in grades 5-9, we offer
  online workshops:

  Technology and Algebraic Reasoning
  http://mathforum.org/nsdl_mathtech/online/

  Tools for Thinking about Probability
  http://mathforum.org/nsdl_mathtech/online/prob.html

  Applications close Monday, April 13 at 5:00 PM EDT for the
  sessions scheduled to begin April 20. The $100 workshop fee
  is currently covered by a grant from the National Science
  Foundation. For a fee of $25 to cover administrative costs,
  1.5 Continuing Education Units (15 contact hours) can
  be provided.

  ***MATH FORUM RECEPTION AT NCTM
  http://mathforum.org/nsdl_mathtech/april23.html
  One of the best parts about participating in a program
  at the Math Forum is getting to know and build
  relationships with fun, supportive, interesting
  colleagues. We are always looking for ways to help people
  connect. There's a good opportunity coming up around the
  NCSM/NCTM conferences in Washington, DC.

  We are hosting a reception for anyone who has participated
  in an online NSDL workshop or who would like to meet
  teachers who have been involved:

              Thursday, April 23, 5:30-7:30 PM
                 Grand Hyatt, Lagoon Level
                     Penn Quarter A + B

  Feel free to join us for all or part of the time! The
  reception will enable us to reconnect, meet other
  innovative professionals, enjoy some food and drink, and
  learn about other online professional community programs.

  ***FEATURED DISCUSSION
  SURVEY: What Makes a Good Math Teacher?
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=_____g-150
  JDempsey asks, "I am trying to establish a statistics
  program in our High School. The data will be used in a
  research article that I hope will generate more interest
  in the subject. Please have students in your class visit
  the link below and answer this simple survey on 'What
  Makes a Good Math Teacher.' The survey is only 15 items
  and takes about 10 minutes or less."

  ***FEATURED DISCUSSION
  Best Desktop Publisher for Geometer's Sketchpad Files
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=r&msg=78727
  Cuts adds to an ongoing discussion, "I have the same problem
  combining multiple Word and GSP files into a single PDF file
  for my dissertation. I wonder what worked best for you?"

  ***FEATURED DISCUSSION
  multiplication tables crossword puzzles
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=m2__h_support__g-1
  DanielAjoy explains, "I want to develop and publish online
  a booklet with many math crossword puzzles....I would like
  to know of suggestions for improvements to these crosswords
  puzzles...."

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Tool: Bowling
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/78147/
  Michael Backus
  Students learn to calculate their bowling score.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Tool: Cryptography
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/78149/
  Michael Backus
  Students encode and decode a secret message using matrices.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Tool: Connection Speed
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/78148/
  Michael Backus
  Students test the speed of their Internet connection and then
  estimate the time required to upload and download files of
  various sizes.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Tool: Geometria
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/74345/
  Geometria Contributors
  Geometria is free (GPL) cross-platform software based on a
  two-role (teacher, student) model. The teacher creates a problem,
  provides it with an answer and saves the problem in a file. The
  student opens the file and solves the problem. The student's
  actions are recorded. The teacher plays back the solution and
  grades it. The figures are limited to convex polyhedra, which
  can be measured, drawn upon, transformed, cut and joined.

  ***FEATURED TOOL
  Tool: Parallel Lines Cut by a Transversal
  http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/78236/
  Mr. Vahn
  This movie has sound and graphics. It shows the relationship
  of the angles formed by a pair of parallel lines and a
  transversal. Also includes an application problem. Takes
  5 minutes to view.

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      The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 12 April 2009