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Math Forum Online Workshops - Building an Understanding of Probability

Suzanne Alejandre, the Math Forum @ Drexel

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In the Math Forum's online workshop, Technology Tools for Thinking and Reasoning about Probability we investigate some mathematics topics common to middle school curricula within the theme of probability. In this context we explore the Math Tools digital library and several software tools that contribute in some way to mathematical understanding, problem solving, reflection and discussion.

We are currently running two sections of this workshop. They started on March 14, 2008, and the six weeks will conclude April 25. The workshop facilitators, participants in the 2007 Materials Development Institute are:

Section 1: Craig Russell and Kathy Traylor
Section 2: Seth Leavitt, Michelle Morison, and Amirah Cutts
Let's Do Math!
    Choose which spinner is most likely to have produced the given experimental results.
Spinners Rubric
Using Technology
Interactivate: Adjustable Spinner
NLVM: Spinner
Technology Problems of the Week
tPoW submissions
    Students are invited to use the link "Submit your answer" to share their solutions, and then "self-mentor" using specially designed hints, checks, and suggestions for extensions.
Workshop Activities
Spinner's tPoW discussions
Where are my students?
Developing students' conceptual knowledge of probability
Might online tools help?
Math Tools
Overview and Registration (free)
Navigating Math Tools
Browse, Rate, Review, Discuss and using My MathTools
Other Tools
Cataloged in Math Tools
Participants in workshop have shared
Scheduled Upcoming Workshops

Workshop 2: May 12 - June 23, 2008
Applications open April 7 - May 5

Workshop 3: June 30 - August 11, 2008
Applications open May 30 - June 23

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