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``` MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - November 26, 2012 - No. 114

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***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Data Games: Markov
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/185848/
KCP Technologies and U Mass-Amherst
Students play Roshambo against the evil Dr. Markov. If
they win, they can save a captive dog. Students can
improve their odds of winning by analyzing data in a
two-way frequency table and recognizing the patterns in
Markov's actions.
[Access requires setting up a (free) login.]

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: 5 Dice: Order of Operations Game
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/186829/
This app helps upper elementary and middle school students
enjoy practicing order of operations. The game encourages
students to use higher order thinking to solve the "target"
number by working backwards given the answer but not the
equation. Teachers are able to receive immediate feedback of
their students' progress through email.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: How Much Pizza to Order?
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/186520/
Maurici Carbo
The program raises the problem from a hypothetical party
where the guests ask for a specific fraction of pizza.
Guests can only choose two types of pizza for each party.
The program calls for the total amount of pizza to order.
There is a video as support material. This activity was
inspired by Cynthia Lanius's online activity,
Who Wants Pizza?

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Data Games: Proximity
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/188432/
KCP Technologies Inc. and U Mass-Amherst
Students shoot a ball and earn higher scores the closer
they are to hitting a target. They can improve their
scores by interpreting data from the linear model that
relates the distance of the target to how hard they shoot.
[Access requires setting up a (free) login.]

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Place Value Chart
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/181488/
Ulrich Kortenkamp
This iPad/iPhone/iPod touch app provides an interactive
place value chart. You can place tokens by touching the
screen and move them around with your finger(s). Moving
tokens between different places is only possible when moving
from a higher to a lower place, or when enough supplementary
tokens are available to be bundled. Removing tokens can be
done by moving them to the top. The tool can be used either
to demonstrate place value, or for self-exploring by
students. One possible activity could be to find the
fastest way to remove a certain number of tokens (say,
3 hundreds, 8 tens and 7 ones).

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: OpenArithmetic
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/178640/
Gerd Wagner and the Ari team
OpenArithmetic.org, built by a group of people at the Chair
of Internet Technology, Brandenburg University of Technology,
Germany, is dedicated to the idea of providing open educational
resources for K-6 arithmetic on the web with the help of the
new powerful capabilities of HTML5. Their goal is to support
the creation of interactive multi-media arithmetic contents that
are also accessible on mobile devices, especially on tablet PCs.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Learning to Reason
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/181386/
Nancy Rodgers
The author states, "When we reason within a logical framework,
words must be manipulated according to the rules of the
game...." Her site offers an opportunity to learn about the
terms "not," "and," "or," "implies," "is equivalent to,"
"for all," and "for some"; logical reasoning and expressing
it in writing; sets, relations, and more. Games consist of
four auto-scoring Flash challenges in negation and
equivalence. This site accompanies Rodgers' book by the
same title.

***FEATURED TOOL
Tool: Create your own Math Quiz
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/181388/
Quizzes.cc
Use the menus and text boxes to create your own quizzes on
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division -- or
browse from among a selection. Click the appropriate button

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Interactive 3D graph plotter
GraphPlotter announces, "Explore beautiful 3D graph plots in
any browser, no flash: http://pillarunt.net/3dgraphplotter"

***FEATURED DISCUSSION
Launch of Data Games - free online web app
rgaston writes "KCP Technologies has launched a new website...
application that embeds simple games in a data analysis
environment. It is intended for use in mathematics classrooms

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