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 MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 19, 2010 - No. 84

***NUMERACY AND FINANCIAL LITERACY SUMMER INSTITUTE
http://mathforum.org/fl/institute2010/

The Math Forum invites teachers of 6th-12th grade mathematics
to apply for its Numeracy and Financial Literacy Summer
Institute. The institute is part of The Math Forum Enhanced
Tools for Financial Literacy, a new comprehensive program that
aims to support mathematics teachers as they integrate
financial education concepts in the math classroom.

Come collaborate with other mathematics teachers, financial
literacy experts, and mathematics education experts:

- use problem solving to integrate financial literacy into
    the mathematics classroom
- explore the math relevant to financial literacy and how
    it aligns to the core mathematics curriculum
- discover connections between mathematical thinking and
    financial behavior
- organize financial literacy resources into a catalog
    structure useful to other mathematics teachers
- build and sustain an online community to support financial
    literacy and mathematics education

Stipends and other forms of support will be available for
those who stay involved in the program after the institute,
including facilitation of workshops built around an outline
created at the institute, online forum facilitation, action
research, and materials development.

The institute will be held July 27 through August 1, 2010, at
the Inn at Penn, near the Drexel University campus in
Philadelphia, PA. All travel/hosting/food expenses of
participants will be covered.

Apply here by March 1:

             http://mathforum.org/fl/apply.html

Questions? Email finra-institute@mathforum.org

The institute is made possible in part by a grant from the
FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

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

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
One computer classroom
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=___disc_13171_g-57
Saint Kimberly states, "I am curious to hear ideas on how to 
utilize [the runners' applet] just for demonstration purposes."

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Does step size really equal speed?
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=r&msg=92347
suehellman adds to an ongoing discussion, "Here's my nickels' worth: 
as I look at the graph, I see several 'limitations' so that it is not 
a perfect representation of reality."

***FEATURED TPOW
Technology PoW: Balloon Booths
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tpow/17731/
Jeremy Roschelle, Hollylynne Drier, Dave Gertler, 
Nick Jackiw, Suzanne Alejandre
Scale the size of a hot air balloon so you can make it fit 
through a narrow passage and hit a nail to pop it.

***FEATURED TPOW
Technology PoW: Galactic Exchange II
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tpow/3538/
Steve Risberg, Suzanne Alejandre, Bill Slocum, 
Mark Chung, Jody Underwood
By using the vending machine (Java applet) to buy food, 
determine the relative values of the coins.

***FEATURED TPOW
Technology PoW: Munching Bugs
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tpow/24046/
Max Ray
Help Sam the Chameleon use a special rule to find the bugs 
he can eat.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: XP Math: Circle Addition Equation
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/93071/
T. L. Hui
Solve a simple addition equation and click the circle 
containing the answer. The trick: the circles move. 
Four different difficulty levels refer to the speed of 
the circles rather than the complexity of the equations.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: XP Math: Wheel of Fortune: Fractions, Decimals, and 
Percents Edition
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/92402/
T. L. Hui
Play Wheel of Fortune to guess the phrase relating to 
fractions, decimals, or percents.

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***T^3 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
http://mathforum.org/workshops/t3/atlanta/

The T^3 program, sponsored by Texas Instruments, will host the
annual T^3 International Conference in Atlanta, March 5 - 6.

Come network with teachers from across the US and abroad; learn
from experienced educators; participate in hands-on and
demonstration sessions--and visit the Math Forum's booth!

Suzanne Alejandre and Max Ray will staff booth No. 200 in the
Exhibit Hall:

  - 10:00 to 5:30, Friday, March 5, 2010
  - 9:00 to 5:00, Saturday, March 6, 2010

They look forward to talking with you about the Math Forum in
general, and in particular about

  - Professional Development
  - Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs)
  - Problems of the Week (PoWs)
  - Math Tools
  - Dr. Math Books

Suzanne and Max are also leading three sessions this year:

 - Implementing The Math Forum's Problem-Solving Process with
     the TI-Nspire (Session 101 - Max Ray)
   Montreal Room - International Tower Embassy Level
   1:15 - 2:15, Friday, March 5, 2010

 - Implementing The Math Forum's Problem-Solving Process with
     the TI-Nspire (Session 284 - Max Ray)
   Note: this is a more in-depth, 1.5 hour version of
   Friday's 1-hour session.
   Greenbriar Room - Atlanta Conference Center Level
   11:15 - 12:45, Saturday, March 6, 2010

 - Math Tools, tPoWs, TI Technology and You! (Session 281 -
     Suzanne Alejandre)
   Courtland Room - Atlanta Conference Center Level
   11:15 - 12:45, Saturday, March 6, 2010


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    The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 19 February 2010