Game Design for Education (CU Boulder) Blackboard Learning System (Stanford) TRAILS and The Math Forum Writing a tPoW (Technology Problem of the Week) Guidelines: When designing math prompts/problems, it helps if: you identify the users: only require the math they know or that you can give them in the problem you focus on an important core concept or skill - not too much reading the prompt is intriguing, either because of the real-world context or because of it's simplicity or counter-intuitiveness the problem requires integration or application of knowledge, not simply memory and straightforward application of method the problem should have a clear interpretation unless intentionally ambiguous the tasks or questions to be answered are clearly identified you use clear, concise language Examples of the "math prompt" part of a tPoW: Math Forum Problems of the Week: Applet List: Balance Beam Applet     http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/users/pavel/java/balance/ Circle Graph     http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/piecharttool/index.html Floor Tiles     http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/quadtess/index.html Isometric Geoboard     http://matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/frames_asid_129_g_3_t_3.html Pattern Blocks     http://matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/frames_asid_169_g_1_t_2.html Pie Chart     http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/piechart/index.html Polyominoes     http://matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/frames_asid_115_g_1_t_2.html Problem Solving: Distance, Rate, Time     http://www.analyzemath.com/distancespeed/distancespeed.html Slope Slider     http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/slopeslider/index.html Surface Area and Volume     http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/sa_volume/index.html Three Dimensional Box Applet     http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/users/carvell/3dbox/ Understanding Distance, Time, Speed     http://standards.nctm.org/document/eexamples/chap5/5.2/standalone.htm This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0205625. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. [Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use] © 1994- The Math Forum at NCTM. All rights reserved. http://mathforum.org/