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November 2, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Some Mass. schools enhance math learning with video lessons
    Massachusetts math teachers in at least two schools are supplementing classroom teaching with video lessons from Khan Academy. School officials say the videos do not replace the teacher, but instead show students how to work through a concept while the teacher circulates around the classroom monitoring students' individual progress. "They're able to get a quicker assessment of where kids are. It also frees them up. Instead of standing at the front of the room lecturing, this way allows students and teachers to interact on a daily basis," said Brett Marcotte, who coordinates the programs at St. Mary's and Quincy Catholic Academy. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers: Technology changes classroom teaching, learning
    Two surveys released Thursday show that educators believe technology is changing the way students learn. Among other things, teachers say they have to entertain students with more flexible teaching styles -- as well as be educators. While many teachers who were surveyed said technology has led to more distracted students, other teachers added that they believe technology can be harnessed as an educational tool. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had shows teachers how to make math class more like the playful, creative, and captivating experience mathematicians describe. Author Tracy Zager tackles big ideas and instructional decisions, drawing on years of work with amazing teachers from across the country. Click here to preview the entire book!
  • Twice as much instruction time may boost student success in algebra
    Pushing students to take algebra in eighth grade, rather than in high school, may not be the answer to greater math achievement, researchers say. Instead, increased math success may be the result of "double-dose" algebra, a curriculum adjustment that offers struggling students an extra period of algebra every day, according to a group of university researchers who investigated the results of extra algebra in districts, including Chicago Public Schools. Education Next (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
  • Report: How to ensure the common core is successful
    In a report released Thursday, ASCD is recommending seven steps that need to be taken to ensure the Common Core State Standards are implemented successfully. Among them are to give educators more input in their own professional development, transform principals into instructional leaders, properly vet instructional materials and adopt technology that assists with teaching and learning. T.H.E. Journal (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Engineering students take to the skies for latest lessons
    Some students in Council Bluffs, Neb., had their heads in the clouds recently as they put their flight training to work in the cockpit of a real plane. The fourteen aerospace engineering studies students have been training for this moment in the classroom and on a flight simulator. "It gets you a lot more connected with what you're doing," high-school junior AJ Stanley said. "We've been working all this time to fly in an airplane, and now we've flown in an airplane." Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Legislation 
  • Overcoming challenges to adopting BYOD programs
    Infrastructure and access are among the challenges that schools will face when implementing bring-your-own-device programs, according to education-technology directors interviewed in this article. In order to level the playing field for students without access to technology or at-home Internet, one district locates public Wi-Fi access points in the district for students and explores partnerships with companies to provide devices that students can check out at school. eSchool News (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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