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June

PCMI 2012 (30 June 2012)
Richard Tchen and Suzanne Alejandre supported the Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP), part of the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) for the eleventh year in a row. PCMI, organized through the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton, NJ, offers comprehensive professional development for mathematicians and teachers of mathematics, as well as opportunities for students aspiring to a career in mathematics.
 
ISTE 2012 (24 June 2012)
Suzanne Alejandre, on staff at the Math Forum, joined Samantha Mercanti-Anthony, Program Manager/Academic Advisor, School of Education, and Rebecca Charuk, Enrollment Counselor, Drexel University Online to exhibit in San Diego, CA, June 24-27 at ISTE 2012 (International Society for Technology in Education).
 
The Math Forum is 20 Years Old! (15 June 2012)
The Math (née Geometry) Forum's first appearance on the Internet: June 15, 1992. We'd love to hear from you, don't forget to wish us happy birthday and/or leave us your favorite Math Forum memory on our blog.
 
In Memoriam, Margaret Sinclair (8 June 2012)
It is with great sadness that the Forum has learned of the death of Margaret Sinclair. Co-director of the York/Seneca Institute for Math, Science & Technology Education, and a professor in York University's Faculty of Education, Margaret participated in several of the Forum's earliest residential institutes while earning her Ph.D. in math education. At our third Advanced Summer Institute, fourteen years ago, Margaret developed a unit entitled Algebraic Problem Solving Using Spreadsheets, the principles of which remain relevant today.
 
Summer Problems of the Week (1 June 2012)
Every two weeks from June through August, the Math Forum will continue to post challenging, non-routine problems and accept solutions to them. Although 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 - we encourage all Problem of the Week members to continue using the PoWs throughout the summer.
 

May

What Ignites the Math Forum? (18 May 2012)
Ever wondered what the Math Forum is all about? What makes us passionate? What IGNITES us? Now you can find out: three of us spoke at Key Curriculum's Ignite event at the annual meeting of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics:
Max Ray: Fun with Trig Identities
Steve Weimar: What Do We 'No'?
Annie Fetter: The Teacher I Would Have Been
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 Philadelphia videos - often funny, sometimes poignant, definitely breathless!
 
iPad and Booth Prize Pack Winners (11 May 2012)
The winners of our iPad and Prize Pack drawings are:
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)
* NCSM Membership and Registration for Denver: Mary Mooney, Wisconsin
* Problems of the Week Prize Pack: Kim O'Brien, New Jersey
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
* iPad: Charlene Marchese, New Jersey
* Problems of the Week Prize Package: Deb Mateer, Maryland
* Teacher's Gift Basket: Chris Engel, Iowa
 
Math Forum Exhibit Hall Handouts from NCSM and NCTM (4 May 2012)
Did you miss us in the Sponsor Display area at the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM)? Maybe you found us in the Exhibit Hall at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), but you would like additional copies of our handouts? Feel free to access the printed matter (in PDF format) distributed recently at our Philadelphia booths, including information on our Professional Development program and samples from our Problems of the Week program.
 

April

STEM Education in Urban Settings: Understanding Realities and Imagining Possibilities (20 April 2012)
An Urban Education Panel Discussion presented by Goodwin College's School of Education at Drexel University is scheduled from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium at Bossone Research Center, 3128 Market Street, Philadelphia. Panelists will provide an overview of Pennsylvania state data, aspects of Philadelphia School District initiatives, and perspectives on how higher education partnerships can enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for K-12 students.
Download flyer [pdf]. Register online: http://goodwin.drexel.edu/urbanedseries
 
Restaurant Guide (17 April 2012)
With NCSM and NCTM in Philly this year, the Math Forum staff created both a detailed version and a handy printable version of a restaurant guide. Visitors to the conferences won't have to wonder where they should eat while in Philadelphia. The Math Forum can help!
 
Elementary Mathematical Practices (14 April 2012)
Visit a new area of the Math Forum site focused on the Standards for Mathematical Practice of the Common Core State Standards. You are invited to participate in conversations targeted at practices to implement in Kindergarten through Grade 5 classrooms.
 
Mathlanding (13 April 2012)
A new website for elementary math specialists, coaches, mentors, and teachers soft-launched last week. Mathlanding is a project of Maryland Public Television (MPT), the Math Forum @ Drexel, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the National Service for Distributed Learning (NSDL).
 
Feedback Request from MathDash (6 April 2012)
"Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems...." To address this theme of the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup, a team from Drexel University developed a game that reinforces concepts of basic arithmetic — and their MathDash game has been selected as a competition finalist in the category of game design for Windows-based smartphones. Learn more about MathDash, download a demo version of the game for Windows phones, and vote for team Drexel Dragons here:
http://www.ntaylormullen.com/MathDash
MathDash's student developers would like your feedback to help them polish their entry for the Imagine Cup finals later this month. Please share your comments using this survey:
http://bit.ly/MathDashSurvey
 
Math Pop Forums (5 April 2012)
One of the best parts about participating in a program at the Math Forum is getting to know and build relationships with fun, supportive, interesting colleagues. We are always looking for ways to help people connect. We are hosting Math Pop Forums in Booth 220 in the Exhibit Hall during NCTM. We're encouraging attendees of the conference to plan to stop by, pick up some popcorn, listen to the short presentations and engage in conversations.
 
Math Forum Sessions at NCTM (4 April 2012)
Math Forum staff will welcome you at Booth #220, located in the Exhibit Hall of the Convention Center. Also, mark your planners to attend our sessions:
Thursday, 26 April, 2:00 - 3:00 (NCTM session 250)
Supporting Preservice Teachers in Practicing Instructional Explanations Using Free Technology
Friday, 27 April, 11:00 - 12:00 (NCTM session 455)
Using Technology Problems of the Week to Develop Mathematical Practices
Friday, 27 April, 12:30 - 1:30 (NCTM session 497)
Creating & Supporting an Online Professional Community for Teachers
Friday, 27 April, 2:00 - 3:00 (NCTM session 558)
Professional Development That Empowers Teachers - Lesson Study Online
Friday, 27 April, 3:30 - 4:30 (NCTM session 592)
I Tweet, Therefore I Learn
Friday, 27 April, 3:30 - 4:30 (NCTM session 610)
Using Technology to Increase Conceptual Understanding in Algebra and Geometry
Saturday, 28 April, 9:30 - 10:30 (NCTM session 665)
Free Tools: Financial Education, Math & Problem Solving
Math Forum Sessions at NCSM (4 April 2012)
Math Forum staff will welcome you at Booth #1-400, located in the Sponsor Display Area of the Convention Center. Also, mark your planners to attend our sessions:
Monday, 23 April, 2:45 - 3:45 (NCSM session 156)
Developing the Mathematical Practices for Productive Student Math Talk
Tuesday, 24 April, 2:45 - 3:45 (NCSM session 240)
I Tweet, Therefore I Learn
Wednesday, 25 April, 4:00 - 5:00 (NCSM session 360)
Supporting Teachers to Implement a School-wide Focus on the Mathematical Practices

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