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. \|/ 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. \|/ ***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 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 -- 19 February 2010