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Online Professional Development Courses (28 March, 2008)
New online courses moderated by professional staff of the Math Forum @ Drexel include:
Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week
(FunPoW Focus) led by Claire Mead
April 24 - June 4
Registration closes 5 pm ET on Friday, April 18
Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week
(PreAlgPoW Focus) led by Suzanne Alejandre
May 1 - June 11
Registration closes 5 pm ET on Friday, April 25
Problem Solving Strategies
led by Stephen Weimar
June 21 - July 3
Registration closes 5 pm ET on Friday, June 13
Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra
led by Ellen Clay
July 12 - July 24
Registration closes 5 pm ET on Thursday, July 3
Meet the Math Forum Staff - NCSM Table 11 and NCTM Booth 2425 (21 March, 2008)
Meet the Math Forum staff at Table 11 in NCSM's Display Area, and in the NCTM Exhibit Hall at Booth 2425, to learn more about:
    Online Professional Development Program
    Problems of the Week
    Teaching Resources
    Our Dr. Math book series
NCTM Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah (21 March, 2008)
Are you planning to visit Salt Lake City in April to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 85th Annual Meeting? Meet the Math Forum staff in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 2425. Plan to attend one of our sessions:
  • Thursday 3:30 - 4:30 Annie Fetter
    Session 288: An Online Workshop Explores Tools for Building Crucial Elementary Math Concepts
  • Friday 10:30 - 12:00 Claire Mead
    Session 411: Developing Probability and Data Analysis Concepts with Technology
  • Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Steve Risberg
    Session 450: Increase the Odds That Your Students Will Be Excited About Probability and Data Analysis!
  • Saturday 8:00 - 9:30 Suzanne Alejandre
    Session 638: Math Forum Online Workshops - Building an Understanding of Probability
  • Saturday 12:30 - 1:30 Stephen Weimar
    Session 733: Talking Probability in a Collaborative Online Environment
NCSM Annual Conference (21 March, 2008)
Visit the Math Forum table in the display area [Table 11] of NCSM Sponsors, or attend one of our sessions:
  • Monday 2:15 - 3:15 Suzanne Alejandre and Jason Silverman
    Develop Technology Expertise in Mathematics Teacher Leaders: The Math Forum Hybrid Workshop Model
  • Monday 2:15 - 3:15 Annie Fetter and Stephen Weimar
    Using Constructed Response Problems to Enhance Assessment and Increase Students' Connections to Mathematics
Using Technology and Problem Solving to Build Algebraic Reasoning (21 March, 2008)
Applications are now open through April 14 for Workshop 8. For an overview of the workshop and more information, view this page.
Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability (14 March, 2008)
The first in a series of workshops to investigate some mathematics topics common to middle school curricula within the theme of probability. In this context participants explore the Math Tools digital library and several software tools that contribute in some way to mathematical understanding, problem solving, reflection and discussion.
PoW: Free Mentoring Opportunity (3 March, 2008)
Mentor groups will be providing feedback to submitters in Problems of the Week over the next week:
  • Math Fundamentals PoW posted 3 March
  • Algebra PoW posted 14 April
See more details on the free mentoring page.
Tools for Building Math Concepts (1 March, 2008)
An online workshop for teachers of grades 3-5, sponsored by Microsoft Corporation and free to participants. Explore how technology can help students develop fundamental concepts of multiplication, fractions, division and area through the process of generating data and examining patterns. New cohorts are starting regularly, so feel free to register at any time. Drawing on the benefits of software tools and the strength of human pattern recognition, we will explore ways to address misconceptions and related difficulties that students often run into (e.g. multiplication makes bigger, division makes smaller, comparing unlike terms, confusing area and perimeter).
Math Tools, tPoWs, TI-Nspire and You! (1 March, 2008)
Suzanne Alejandre and Heidi Rudolph presented a hands-on session at T3 International Conference 2008, about problem-solving uses for the TI-Nspire technology. They introduced the Math Forum's Math Tools, a community library of technology tools, lessons, activities, and support materials for teaching and learning mathematics, and Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs), constructed-response problems enhanced by using technology as a tool. The TI-Nspire tPoWs that are being developed and field-tested in Heidi's classroom were also introduced, with a discussion about how we can create more.


Technology Problems of the Week (15 February, 2008)
Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs) are problem-solving challenges modeled on the Math Forum's Problems of the Week that take advantage of interactive mathematics tools such as the TI-NspireTM. Students are invited to use the link "Submit your answer" and then "self-mentor" using specially designed hints, checks, and suggestions for extensions.
  • TI-PoW: Chirp! Chirp! Use your TI-Nspire to find the temperature when a cricket chirps a certain number of times a minute.
  • TI-PoW: Sam and Teri's Bank Accounts Use your TI-Nspire to consider this scenario and question: Sam and Teri have bank accounts. Sam always withdraws money; Teri always saves it. When will they have equal balances -- or will they ever?

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