The Math Forum

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah
April 9-12, 2008

"Becoming Certain About Uncertainty"

Booth #2425 Information || NCSM 2008

Special for NCTM attendees: receive 10% off Problems of the Week class, school, or district Memberships and/or our new PD online courses! Phone: 1-800-756-7823, option 1

Learn about our Professional Development Program: Learning Math Together:
* Teaching Mathematics with the Problems of the Week
* Problem Solving Strategies
* Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra - One Step at a Time

Meet the Math Forum staff in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 2425, or attend one of our sessions:

Click on the day/time to view details about that session:

Thursday 3:30 - 4:30
Session 288: An Online Workshop Explores Tools for Building Crucial Elementary Math Concepts
Friday 10:30 - 12:00
Session 411: Developing Probability and Data Analysis Concepts with Technology
Friday 11:00 - 12:00
Session 450: Increase the Odds That Your Students Will Be Excited About Probability and Data Analysis!
Saturday 8:00 - 9:30
Session 638: Math Forum Online Workshops - Building an Understanding of Probability
Saturday 12:30 - 1:30
Session 733: Talking Probability in a Collaborative Online Environment

An Online Workshop Explores Tools for Building Crucial Elementary Math Concepts

Annie Fetter

Thursday, April 10, 2008
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Session 288
Hilton Salt Lake City Center, Grand Ballroom A (capacity: 171)
Level: 3 - 8
Regular Session


Technology can help students develop concepts such as multiples, fractions, and area by generating data and examining patterns. Learn about online professional development and implementation strategies exploring technology and math.


  • explore online applets to support the teaching and learning of fundamental concepts in grades 3-5 (and beyond!)
  • learn about the online workshop available through the Math Forum built around these and similar applets and their use in the elementary classroom
  • discuss how communication and technology can be used to increase mathematical understanding in both teachers and students


Developing Probability and Data Analysis Concepts with Technology

Claire Mead

Friday, April 11, 2008
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Session 411
Salt Palace Convention Center, 255 E (capacity: 228)
Level: 3 - 5
Small Gallery Workshop


Commonly available software and web applets can be used to explore basic probability concepts, develop principles of data analysis, and strengthen related number skills. The presenter will share technology-based problems and games. Laptops welcome.


  • Share good technology-based problems and activities that build basic probability concepts, including randomness, fairness, degree of certainty, theoretical vs experimental chance.
  • Introduce the Math Tools website for finding appropriate interactive web applets that develop probability concepts.
  • Learn to use spreadsheet as a tool for gathering, displaying and analyzing data.
  • Explore technology resources for developing related number skills: fractions, decimals, percents.


Increase the Odds That Your Students Will Be Excited About Probability and Data Analysis!

Steve Risberg

Friday, April 11, 2008
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Session 450
Salt Palace Convention Center, Room 250 A (capacity: 123)
Level: 6-12
Regular Session

Steve (Riz)

Home to a large variety of resources, the Math Forum lets you easily find activities and problems to engage your students in exploring Probability and Data Analysis. Learn to use technology and creative problems to make the material come alive!

Participants will investigate the teaching and learning of Probability and Data Analysis through an exploration of free online resources available through the Math Forum:

  • The Math Tools Digital Library as a source for technology-based simulations, activities, and lessons.
  • Ask Dr. Math as a reference for questions on the mathematics of probability.
  • The Problems of the Week as a source of fun, relevant problems with an emphasis on effective communication.
  • Teacher2Teacher to share lessons with others.


Math Forum Online Workshops - Building an Understanding of Probability

Suzanne Alejandre
Saturday, April 12, 2008
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Session 638
Salt Palace Convention Center, Room 355 D (capacity: 166)
Level: 6-8 and Teachers of Teachers
Small Gallery Workshop


Learn about our series of free online workshops for teachers working in 5th through 9th grade. Teachers explore how technology can help students build their understanding of probability as they model and solve contextualized problems.

We will:

  • present an overview of the online workshop and what it means for teachers to become participants
  • work with a probability problem solving prompt from our workshop to demonstrate how we use it in an online environment
  • discuss how students develop their understanding of probability and how online tools can help
  • share some examples of online workshop participants' understandings of probability as a starting point for discussions about the development of students' conceptual knowledge


Talking Probability in a Collaborative Online Environment

Stephen Weimar
Saturday, April 12, 2008
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Session 733
Salt Palace Convention Center Room 255 A (capacity: 264)
Level: 6-12


The Virtual Math Teams Project at the Math Forum @ Drexel is an NSF-funded project that provides online collaborative learning opportunities for students in grade 6-12. Learn how students used an online environment to tackle probability challenges with their peers during our 2007 SpringFest.

We will:

  • explore and discuss student conversations about probability
  • consider how students conversations provide a source of information about the students' conceptual strengths and weaknesses and the related assessment opportunities
  • look at the resources provided and those favored by participants
  • learn about the online environment and how it and similar tools can enhance learning

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