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     MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - May 15, 2010 - No. 87

***Math Forum Exhibit Hall Handouts from NCSM and NCTM
http://mathforum.org/workshops/nctm2010/handouts.html
Feel free to access the printed matter (in PDF format) 
distributed recently at our booths, including information 
on our Professional Development program and samples from 
our Problems of the Week program.

***Math Forum Ambassadors
http://mathforum.org/workshops/nctm2010/ambassadors.html
Some of the folks joining us in the display area or booth, 
or presenting with us, were not actually Math Forum or 
KenKen staff. These are collaborators from around the US 
who have been working closely with us in our online 
workshops, onsite professional development, and online 
professional development courses. A big thank-you to you all!

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resource, comment on it, review it -- join an existing
conversation, or start a new discussion!

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Ratio and Proportion
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/94881/
BBC: Skillswise
This module's aim is to remind learners about simple 
ratio and direct proportion, using factsheets, worksheets, 
an activity, a game, and a quiz at multiple difficulty levels.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Perimeter
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/95032/
BBC: Skillswise
This module is about finding out how to work out the 
perimeter of irregular shapes, using factsheets, worksheets,
and a quiz at three levels of difficulty. Find related 
resources for further exploration in the section "For Tutors."

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: raw numbers: Weighing ingredients in metric
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/95286/
BBC: Skillswise
Watch a video-clip of Kieran, apprentice chef at Fifteen 
restaurant, talking about weighing ingredients in metric. 

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Simplifying Fractions
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/95477/
BBC: Skillswise
This module covers simplifying fractions, equivalent fractions, 
mixed numbers, and common equivalent fractions, through 
factsheets, worksheets, an activity, and a quiz at three 
levels of difficulty. For UK standards alignments, technical 
help, and further web resources, see the section "For Tutors."

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Applet 4: Probability
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/95470/
Gilbert
Set the bias for the probability of heads and then view a 
simulation of coin flips. Use manual or auto (slow, medium, 
fast) settings.

***FEATURED ACTIVITY
Activity: Consumer Economics in Algebra
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/activity/3530/
Craig Russell and Sue Plisch
This activity was used as a project to accompany a unit on 
functions in an Algebra 1 class, but it could be used at lower 
or higher levels with slightly different emphases. 
Explorations of retirement issues or consumer credit, using 
online calculators, interview/journaling, and a group presentation.


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       The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 15 May 2010