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January 15, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

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  • How students complete simple math helps explain test disparities
    The process by which students compute single-digit math problems may be indicative of how well they perform on college-readiness exams, according to recent research. In a study of 43 students, researchers found that low-performing students used an area of the brain associated with processing, indicating they were working through the problem. On the other hand, higher-performing students appeared to recall answers from memory. "Perhaps the building of those networks early in development go on to facilitate high-level learning, which in turn allows you to free up working memory," said study co-author and math disability and anxiety researcher Daniel Ansari. Education Week/Inside School Research blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cornell professor: "Math is everywhere"
    Students often question why they need to understand various mathematical concepts, but Steven Strogatz, Cornell University applied mathematics professor, says such understanding provides a valuable perspective on how the world works. Strogatz has a unique way of illustrating the beauty of math in grand terms and everyday examples. "I like to make references to pop culture, TV shows or songs," he said. "I do try to make the case that math is everywhere -- certainly I see it everywhere when I'm walking around just living my life." The Ithaca Journal (N.Y.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Curriculum 
 
  • Ky. district makes LEGO robotics part of elementary-school curriculum
    Students in Fayette County elementary schools in Kentucky will be learning math and science with the help of LEGO robots. While several schools in the county already had been using robotics to help students learn about science, technology, engineering and math, the expansion of the program will ensure all elementary-school students have access to these learning opportunities. "The magic is that the kids learn some geometry; they learn some trig; they learn some programming; they learn a little mechanical engineering," said Jack McKinney, education outreach chairman for an engineers' group that sponsors a summer robotics camp for the county's fourth-graders. Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Standards 
  • Are common core technology guidelines behind the times?
    The two groups tasked with developing Common Core State Standards assessments are not looking far enough into the future when outlining the technology that schools will need to administer the exams set for release in 2014, professors Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway write in this blog post. For example, the groups' guidelines suggest schools use netbooks, which are outdated and no longer in production, they note. The groups also specify that students should turn off Internet access during tests, which can send a mixed message to those who have used the resource to learn. T.H.E. Journal/Being Mobile blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Calif. high-school students have access to new biotech course
    As the professional field of biotechnology grows, high schools are stepping up to help prepare the next generation of scientists. For example, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Regional Occupation Program in California is offering its first-ever biotechnology class at a central location for the top science students from across the county. "I'm very interested in biology, specifically biotechnology," said senior Julius Solbes-Moran. "This class helps me decide if I want to go into this field." San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Standards for mathematical practices: Classroom use
      
    NCTM President Linda Gojak shared in teaching a math lesson at Burley Elementary School during the Council's 2012 Chicago Regional Conference in November. The NCTM president regularly visits schools around the country to study what students are doing in their mathematics classrooms and to observe classroom teachers in different school systems. During this particular visit with Catherine Ditto's sixth-grade class, Ditto discussed how she and her students use the standards for mathematical practices in their classroom. Watch this conversation. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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