MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - June 13, 2011 - No. 98 ***Math Forum Focus Groups at ISTE 2011 http://mathforum.org/workshops/iste2011/focus.html Coming to Philadelphia for the annual meeting of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)? Please give us your feedback on - Navigating the Math Forum website - Professional Development - Financial Education in the Math Classroom and Mobile Apps - Navigating the Problems of the Week - Web 2.0 in the Math Classroom: Best Practices and Wishlist Each participant in these Math Forum focus groups will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad 2. Additional door prizes include Problems of the Week (PoW) Memberships. Light refreshments will be served. Choose from six different time slots on Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28. Register now: http://mathforum.org/workshops/iste2011/register.html ***Conceptua Math/Polyvision Lunch & Learn at ISTE 2011 http://mathforum.org/workshops/iste2011/lunchandlearn.html Visual and Conceptual Math for the 21st Century This free luncheon event will feature short presentations from experts on how to use visual math technology with interactive whiteboards (grades 3-8). See what it is like for a classroom to experience fractions concepts in a 21st century environment. - Learn about an action research project - Participate in a model lesson - Come away with free web-based tools Presenters are: - Arjan Khalsa, Conceptua Math - Howard Gunther, Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) - Max Ray, The Math Forum @ Drexel Register now: http://www.polyvision.com/ISTE2011/event_sign_up.html \|/ 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 TOOL Tool: ZeGenie - Inequalities http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/112566/ ZeGenie Complete interactive lessons covering the basics of inequalities. ***FEATURED TOOL Tool: Omega Computer Algebra Calculator http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/123804/ Michael Xue This online Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) Explorer lets you compose a mathematical query with a calculator-like graphical interface, then displays the output in text or graphic formats. ***FEATURED TOOL Tool: Math Owl http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/125086/ Craig Pickering Animated chalkboard lessons in adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing, from single digit addition to re-grouping to multi-digit multiplication and division. Follow the prompts that break down each step; click the "show me" button for illustrative animations of apples (addition and subtraction), times tables (multiplication), or product lists (division) that provide hints. ***FEATURED TOOL Tool: Open House - PLINKO! http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/126752/ Chris Malone Simulate the tumbling of a chip as it bounces down rows of offset pegs in the manner of the game from the American TV game show "The Price Is Right." ***FEATURED TOOL Tool: Just Kids Games: Making Change http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/125862/ The Center For Advanced Technologies Practice making change for customers' purchases by sliding coins out of the cash register and on to the counter. ***FEATURED DISCUSSION Drill and Kill http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?&do=m&thread=_____ra-87 sherryb10 states, "I am a principal whose math teacher continues to use every math worksheet she can find on the internet. Where is the best research to help her understand that is not effective teaching?" ***FEATURED TECHNOLOGY POW Technology PoW: How Many Cubes? http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tpow/5857/ Stephen Weimar Given the front view and side view of an arrangement of cubes, students are asked for the largest number of cubes that could have been used to make the arrangement, as well as the smallest number possible. A link to Space Blocks, a Java applet from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, is provided to help students think about the possible arrangements. 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/ Twitter Feed http://mathforum.org/pd/twitter.html Blogs http://mathforum.org/blogs/ \`. .--------------.___________) \ |//////////////|___________[ ] `--------------' ) ( '-' The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 13 June 2011