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iPods in Education Launch Event (22 September 2005)
The Drexel University School of Education distributed free Apple iPods to its incoming freshman students.
Tri-State Get Smart about Parent Power Fair 2005 (22 September 2005)
The Math Forum will participate in this activity on October 8, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency/Penns Landing, located at 201 Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA from 9:00 AM until 5:30 PM. The fair will provide a format and structure, which will allow parents to: (1) interact one-on-one with information booth representatives; (2) take part in interactive workstations and (3) to listen and ask questions of parents and educators who will serve on panels that address topics of importance to participants.
Drexel University Noyce Scholarship Program (15 September 2005)
The Drexel University Noyce Scholarship Program is a partnership between Drexel University's School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Biomedical Engineering and the School District of Philadelphia. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation. Its objectives are:
  • To recruit qualified Science, Engineering and Mathematics students and professionals dedicated to teaching math or science in the School District of Philadelphia;
  • To provide strong preparation addressing content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, learner knowledge and technology integration;
  • To provide mentoring and induction activities. Individuals selected to participate in this program will become certified teachers of mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, earth and space science or general science.


New Problems of the Week (28 August 2005)
The Pre-Algebra and Geometry Problems of the Week opened Monday, August 22. The Math Fundamentals and Algebra Problems of the Week will open on Monday, August 29. All users will be able to freely access the problems and submit solutions during the month of September. If you'd like to continue that access, consider purchasing a Teacher Membership for $20. If you're interested in Priority Mentoring or any of our other subscription programs, please check out the Pricing Guide.
The Current Status of the Problems of the Week (25 August 2005)
Changes are coming! A membership will be required in order to access the Current Problems (Geometry, Algebra, Pre-Algebra, and Math Fundamentals) starting in October. A $20 teacher membership will receive access for all of the teacher's students to these problems and to submit their solutions. (Class or school memberships are still required for students to use the Active Problem Library.) Individual renewals for current teacher and student members cost only $10. Purchase Online
Problem-Solving Support for both High- and Low-Achieving Math Students (24 August 2005)
Annie Fetter and Suzanne Alejandre worked with teachers from the Drexel Partnership from 9:00 to 4:00, August 24 - 26, at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Temple Partnership Mathematics Workshop (15 August 2005)
Stephen Weimar, Annie Fetter, Steve Risberg, Claire Mead, Cynthia Lanius, and Suzanne Alejandre worked with teachers from the Temple Partnership to develop the math leadership team. We met from 9:00 to 3:00, August 15 - 19, at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Math Tools: Fourth Weekly Tool Fest Event (14 August 2005)
Our Fourth Weekly Tool Fest Activity led by Craig Russell will be devoted to writing stories, reviews, ratings, and discussions.
Math Tools: Third Weekly Tool Fest Event (8 August 2005)
Our Third Weekly Tool Fest Activity will be devoted to eNLVM, an NSF funded project from our colleagues at Utah State University, extending the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives project. You'll learn about eModules that utilize mathlets from the NLVM and other websites. The eNLVM provides tools that allow teachers to view student answers, including work they have done using mathlets. Teachers can also customize online resources by selecting and organizing content, configuring mathlets, modifying existing activities, and writing new instructions and questions.
  • Monday August 8, 3:00 ET
    Chat with eNLVM developers about the eNLVM project
  • Wednesday August 10, 1:00 ET
    Chat with eNLVM developers about eModules
  • Thursday August 11, 12:300 ET
    Chat with eNLVM developers about user testing


Math Tools: Second Weekly Tool Fest Event (29 July 2005)
Our Second Weekly Tool Fest Activity focuses on the Math Tools project itself. More experienced members are asked to post suggestions they have for newcomers to help them make the most of the Math Tools site. Newcomers are asked what they want to know about locating and using the resources available in Math Tools. All members are asked what members could do to further support each other in the Math Tools Community.
Math Tools: Special Tool Event (22 July 2005)
ConcertChat, a wonderful whiteboard/chat tool for discussing math software--and many other things--was frequently used during the Math Tools Virtual Tool Fest in June. One of its designers, Martin Wessner, is at the Math Forum for a few months. He will discuss and demonstrate ConcertChat on Monday, July 25, from 2 - 3 pm EST.

For an introduction, short manual, planned extensions, and information on how to try out ConcertChat, go to this An Introduction to ConcertChat. If you're not free to join Martin for this discussion, check in afterward to try it out and to see what was discussed.

QUEST (11 - 15 July 2005)
Claire Mead worked with a team including Pete Brandt, Henry S. Horn, Carol Houghton, and Virginia Pourakis to present a program of Integrating Across the Curriculum - Math, Science, Literature and Technology. QUEST is a collaboration of the Program in Teacher Preparation and the Princeton Environmental Institute and is funded by a Teacher Quality Grant in partnership with Mercer County ETTC.
Spam Email Attack (12 July 2005)
Have you received spam in your email that looks like it is from or other legitimate email addresses? You're not alone. Spammers often forge email addresses, using trustworthy sites in order to try to avoid spam blockers.

What can you do? First, don't open suspicious email: it might have a virus attached. Second, ask your Internet Service Provider to investigate how it can tighten controls. Such emails typically contain information that can be used to detect forgery. For more information, see:

Third, make sure you and your friends use virus protection software, since many of these forged emails begin with viruses that use the address book and computer of the infected user to send the spam.


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