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June

Math Forum Course: Financial Education in the Math Classroom (17 June 2011)
Drawing on Math Forum resources and expertise, participants in this course will engage with problem solving, software, and technology tools as they explore financial education content and teaching strategies. This course, organized into three 2-week modules on the BlackBoard course platform, runs June 27 - August 5. Assignments will be given with deadlines, but participation will be asynchronous. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
 
Math Forum Sessions @ ISTE (17 June 2011)
Math Forum staff will welcome you at Booth #6, located in the Broad Street Atrium on Level 1 (street level) of the Convention Center. Also, mark your planners to attend our sessions on Wednesday, June 29th:
  • 10:15 - 11:15: Part 1: Affordances of the Online Environment for Reflective Teaching Practices (lecture)
  • 11:00 - 1:00: The Math Forum: A Portal to Mathematics on the Internet (web poster)
  • 1:15 - 2:15: Common Core: Dilation and Similarity with Dynamic Geometry Software (model lesson)
Math Forum Focus Groups at ISTE 2011 (10 June 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.
 
Online Mathematics Learning and Teaching Symposium (10 June 2011)
Join the Math Forum and the School of Education @ Drexel University for our 2011 Online Mathematics Learning and Teaching Symposium Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 7:30 - 9:00 PM ET. Featured sessions by mathematics education faculty and graduate students will include:
  • Teaching and assessing constructions using technology
  • The importance of listening to students: Rationale and tips
  • Learning math and learning to teach math online: How and why?
  • The symposium will be webcast using Adobe Connect. All you need to participate is an Internet connection and speakers.
 
Summer Problems of the Week (3 June 2011)
Every two weeks from June through August, the Math Forum will continue to post challenging word problems and accept solutions to them. We encourage teachers with class, school, or district memberships to design summer projects that draw on Current Problems or past PoWs, such as the seasonal selection from the Problems of the Week Library highlighted in these pages. We will have only a few volunteers doing mentoring; and our responses will otherwise be scaled back as we get ready for a new series of problems at the end of August. Trial Class Accounts are available.
 
Math Forum Special Offer (3 June 2011)
Get a class account to the Problems of the Week for only $25 when you purchase and complete any Summer Online Professional Development course. That's a 42% savings! Upcoming courses include: Your PoW class membership will begin when the course starts and it won't expire until June 30, 2012.
 

May

Online Professional Development (20 May 2011)
Four Math Forum professional development courses begin next month:
Universal Companies (17 May 2011)
The Math Forum is working with Universal Companies in Philadelphia to help introduce the middle school teachers to problem solving activities and, in particular, the Problems of the Week. Steve Weimar, Annie Fetter, Max Ray, Valerie Klein, and Ellen Clay facilitated an afternoon workshop working with teachers from UICS, Bluford, and Daroff Charter Schools.
 
What Ignites the Math Forum? (13 May 2011)
Three of us spoke at Key Curriculum's Ignite event at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Each speaker had 5 minutes to "talk about whatever lights them up," using 20 slides that auto- advanced every 15 seconds ... whether they were ready or not. Watch our Indianapolis videos:
Max Ray: Why 2 > 4: A Proof by Induction
http://www.screencast.com/t/wqBSFhi0
Steve Weimar: Why Did You Do That?
http://www.screencast.com/t/wZWd7rNFq
Annie Fetter: Ever Wonder What They'd Notice?
http://www.screencast.com/t/dApzpmmZ

April

iPad 2 and Booth Prize Pack Winners (22 April 2011)
The winners of our iPad 2 and Prize Pack drawings are all smiles as they collect their prizes. Our winners are:
NCSM
iPad 2: Polly Hill, Illinois
Prize Pack: Nancy Drickey, Oregon
NCTM
iPad 2: Nakisha Polite, Georgia
Prize Pack 1: Erin Osborne and Lana Mecca, Wyoming
Prize Pack 2: Michelle Morton-Curit, New Hampshire
Prize Pack 3: Lynn Reed, Virginia
Prize Pack 4: Shauna McClure, Indiana
Exhibit Hall Handouts from NCSM and NCTM (22 April 2011)
Feel free to access the printed matter (in PDF format) distributed recently at our Indianapolis booths, including information on our Professional Development program and samples from our Problems of the Week program.
 
Gene Klotz Receives NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award (15 April 2011)
Gene Klotz, founder of the Math Forum, was honored last Friday with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education. Twenty years ago, Klotz wrote the grant that launched the Geometry Forum, which later became the Math Forum @ Drexel. Prior to that, he helped to develop The Geometer's Sketchpad®, one of the most widely used software programs in school mathematics.
 
Math Apps for the iPad (8 April 2011)
Math Forum staff are planning to show visitors to both the NCSM and NCTM booths some of the apps that Math Forum sponsors and friends have developed for the iPhone/iPad, including:
  • Shmuzzles: Cyber Shmuzzling
  • KenKen: Train Your Brain
  • ThinkFun: Rush Hour
  • ThinkFun: Solitaire Chess
  • Wolfram: Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine
Meet the Math Forum Staff - NCTM Booth 1243 (2 April 2011)
Come meet the people behind the Math Forum at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Indianapolis. Enter our raffle for Math Forum Prize Packs and receive a coupon for 30% off Problems of the Week class, school, or district memberships, or our online PD courses!
 
Meet the Math Forum Staff - NCSM Booth 512 (2 April 2011)
Come meet the people behind the Math Forum at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in Indianapolis. Talk to us about an opportunity to apply for free Problems of the Week Memberships with a minimum number of paid registrations in our online professional development course designed to help teachers make the most of the membership.
 

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