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Math Tools Newsletter
July 30, 2014 - No. 134

Ignite Talks
View this series of Ignite talks from the 2014 NCSM Annual Conference in New Orleans last April. 
See how well the ten speakers do with 20 PowerPoint slides advancing every 15 seconds, whether 
they're ready or not. For more fast, fired-up fun, watch our other Ignite talks from earlier conferences:

Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI)
The 2014 Summer Session of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) concluded July 18 in 
Utah. For PCMI reflections on practice, problem sets, activities, handouts, and many other 
classroom resources, visit the Class Notes page:
Ilana Horn blogged about her "Reflecting on Practice" session held virtually. The professor at 
Vanderbilt University's Peabody College brainstormed with PCMI participants about how hard it 
was for most students to answer the question "What do you think and why?"

EnCoMPASS Summer Institute
Visit our website for details about our second EnCoMPASS Summer Institute to be held in 
Philadelphia August 4-8, 2014.

Our Book: Powerful Problem Solving
Visit our Companion Web site and, in particular, our Classroom Videos page.

Ask Dr. Math on Twitter
Follow @AskDrMath! "We are mathematicians, teachers, engineers, artists, parents, and more! 
We want to help you understand your math questions, big and small."

Featured Discussions
Cramer's App and Tutorials
MathAdjunct writes, "There's a really helpful iOS app called Cramers Rule that solves systems 
of equations in 2 or 3 variables."

Educational Math Games
snezana90 says, "After Zeus vs. Monsters, we have published another math game with an 
interesting theme. This time, we present Math vs Dinosaurs."

Featured Resources
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: Cramers Rule - Daniel Hulmes
The Cramers Rule App will help you solve a system of equations in two or three variables 
using the Cramer's Rule method. In addition to providing the results, this app provides all 
intermediate steps and details which can be a help with your homework and understanding 
of the concept.

Tool: Pi and the Lost Function - ATLT, LLC
Pi and the Lost Function is an educational math series using 3-D game technology. Aligned 
with state standards, Episode 1: Sum of the Forgotten Minds is a comprehensive Algebra 
Readiness curriculum which can be used independently or as a classroom supplement. Players 
begin as Pi to help the townspeople of Greenville recover their lost math abilities. Pi uses a 
virtual learning tablet with guided practice problems, videos, and more to help learn math 
concepts needed to answer everyday problems. The game includes over 5,000 unique math 
problems, tutoring aids and much more. Includes web-based reporting tool for teachers
to monitor each student's progress.

Tool: STEM Sheets Customizable Worksheets and Flashcards - STEMsheets
The STEMsheets site has customizable and printable math worksheets and flashcards for 
students and educators. The worksheets are randomly generated, making each one unique. 
An answer sheet is included with the worksheets.

Tool: Traffic Jam Applet - Mike Morton
Equal numbers of people face each other with one open slot between them. Everybody faces 
the open slot. If there are 6 people there will be 7 slots, 6 of which must always have people 
in them. People must attempt to exchange places without turning around.

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