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Math Tools Newsletter
August 28, 2013
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New Look for our Newsletter
Starting with the one hundred twenty-third issue of our monthly newsletter, 
our issues will sport this new look. Always free, the Math Tools Newsletter 
will continue to focus on the same quality of content: newly added resources 
to the catalog and recent discussions from the site.

We welcome your opinion - let us know what you think of our new format. 
mtoolscomments@mathforum.org

Announcements
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The Problems of the Week (PoWs) have kicked off for the 2013-2014 academic year! 
http://mathforum.org/pows/
See when submissions open, solutions post, and free mentoring opportunities 
become available by consulting the PoW calendar. 
http://mathforum.org/pow/support/

Learn more: Orientation: Problems of the Week Membership -- Getting Started 
http://mathforum.org/pd/pow_os/

Our Forthcoming Book   
http://mathforum.org/math_talk_landing_book.html
Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense-Making with the Mathematical Practices
Our focus on sense-making and communication in our Problem Solving Activity Series 
is so important, we wrote a book about it! Authored by Max Ray, this book gathers 
what we've learned about helping students become proficient problem solvers, focused 
through the lens of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices.

Featured Resources
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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.

Farm Game - Laurel Pollard 
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/208835/
Count the animals with the Farm Game. 

Math Notepad -  Jos de Jong  
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/210106/
Math Notepad is an editor for your day-to-day mathematical calculations. It is 
designed for engineers, teachers, and students. The application is a web-based 
notepad where you can enter editable expressions. The results are displayed right 
below an expression. After a change, all dependent calculations are updated 
automatically. Math Notepad supports real and complex numbers, units, and matrices. 
One can define variables and functions and plot interactive graphs.

Desmos Graphing Calculator for iPad - Desmos  
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/212026/
Graph functions, evaluate equations, explore transformations, plot points, and more.

Number Pieces Basic - The Math Learning Center, Clarity Innovations 
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/211509/
Number Pieces Basic helps students develop a deeper understanding of place value 
while building their computation skills with multi-digit numbers. Students can use 
the number pieces to represent multi-digit numbers, count, regroup, add, and 
subtract. The drawing tools allow students to label representations and show
their understanding. 

Integral Calculator - David Scherfgen  
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/182094
The Online Integral Calculator can calculate both definite and indefinite integrals 
(antiderivatives). The user's input is transformed into a graphical formula in 
real-time, which helps prevent input mistakes such as forgetting parentheses.
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Featured Discussions   
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Vertical Measuring  
Mrs. Pollard explains, "I wrote this math "game" when I couldn't find a resource
online for young elementary students to measure vertically."

Software and Educational Tools
Vet asks, "What software and educational tools both computerized and manual 
have you found to be the most helpful and the least expensive?"

Mr. E's ver. 2.0 Math Website
Mr.E announces, "I decided to reconstruct my website over the summer.... I would 
appreciate it if you can check my website so I can get your comments and 
suggestions on what to add or change in my website."

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