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Writing a tPoW (Technology Problem of the Week)

Guidelines: When designing math prompts/problems, it helps if:

  1. you identify the users: only require the math they know or that you can give them in the problem
  2. you focus on an important core concept or skill - not too much reading
  3. the prompt is intriguing, either because of the real-world context or because of it's simplicity or counter-intuitiveness
  4. the problem requires integration or application of knowledge, not simply memory and straightforward application of method
  5. the problem should have a clear interpretation unless intentionally ambiguous
  6. the tasks or questions to be answered are clearly identified
  7. 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

Circle Graph

Floor Tiles

Isometric Geoboard

Pattern Blocks

Pie Chart


Problem Solving: Distance, Rate, Time

Slope Slider

Surface Area and Volume

Three Dimensional Box Applet

Understanding Distance, Time, Speed

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.

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