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      MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - June 13, 2011 - No. 98

***Math Forum Focus Groups at ISTE 2011
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:

***Conceptua Math/Polyvision Lunch & Learn at ISTE 2011
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:


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!

Tool: ZeGenie - Inequalities
Complete interactive lessons covering the basics of inequalities.

Tool: Omega Computer Algebra Calculator
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.

Tool: Math Owl
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.

Tool: Open House - PLINKO!
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."

Tool: Just Kids Games: Making Change
The Center For Advanced Technologies
Practice making change for customers' purchases by sliding coins
out of the cash register and on to the counter.

Drill and Kill
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?"

Technology PoW: How Many Cubes?
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.


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       The Math Forum @ Drexel -- 13 June 2011