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March 4, 2013
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
 
  • Museum sums up the history of math
    Math makes up every square inch of the Museum of Mathematics, which opened in December in New York City. From the square-wheeled tricycle, to a display on the mathematics of music to the bathrooms that feature pentagonal sinks, the museum aims to showcase how math is everywhere in daily life. "[M]ath is this extremely, very beautiful landscape. And we're showing people just one road cut right through the center of it," said the museum's Glen Whitney. CBS News (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • How do iPads affect learning?
    Researchers studying the use of iPads in classrooms in California's Encinitas Union School District say the devices generally are favored by students and parents. In the district, where every student in grades 3 to 6 has an iPad, 90% of students said the technology has helped them learn -- especially when used in math lessons. However, some parents say they want to ensure the technology does not replace hands-on learning, and teachers say the iPads can be distracting for students if not managed properly. The Coast News (Encinitas, Calif.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New math software is built for the Common Core.
While many tools claim they are "aligned" to Common Core State Standards, Accelerated Math Live™ is "custom built from the ground up" specifically for the CCSS. At last, you can personalize practice and instruction to help every student become college and career ready. Learn more.
  Curriculum 
  • Idaho launches first-of-its-kind partnership with Khan Academy
    Idaho will launch a pilot program in the fall, becoming the first state to partner with the Khan Academy to provide free, online access to math, physics and history classes. The program, to be implemented in 47 schools, is funded through a $1.5 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. "Idaho has the students, the schools and the determination to succeed in showing the nation how to innovate within our public education system," said Jamie MacMillan, the foundation's executive director. KBOI-AM (Boise, Idaho)/The Associated Press (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Standards 
  • N.Y. school officials expect test scores to drop under common core
    New York officials are preparing for the expected decline in test scores as it becomes one of the few states to align this year's tests with the Common Core State Standards. Officials in Florida, Georgia and Kentucky have reported lower scores since the implementation of the common core. The New York State United Teachers questions the decision to test students on the new standards so soon after their introduction in classrooms. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  STEM 
  • Technical training finds a new home in high school
    While traditional high-school shop classes may be a thing of the past, schools are bringing back hands-on, vocational education in new ways -- with tech classes on campus, as well as opportunities for internships and apprenticeships with local industries. "We're hearing policy makers talk about it more often. Certain districts are looking at career and technical education as a way to reform schools," Stephen DeWitt, senior director of public policy for the Association for Career and Technical Education. "The focus on project-based learning, how to get students engaged more, is something that's caught on." CNN (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Legislation 
  • San Diego budget plan prohibits teacher layoffs this year
    The San Diego Unified School District has decided to balance its budget by selling unneeded properties, raising class sizes for some students and freezing positions left vacant through attrition -- all as an alternative to laying off teachers. The district's school board voted 4-1 last week to prohibit laying off teachers during this budget cycle, but the moves were criticized by trustee Scott Barnett. San Diego Union-Tribune (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NCTM News 
  • Annual meeting early-bird discount ends March 15
     
    Join us in Denver for NCTM's 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition, the nation's largest math education event. Register by March 15 to take advantage of our lowest early-bird rates, and you'll save up to $80 off on-site rates. Choose from more than 700 sessions, workshops, and burst presentations on current math education topics, including the common core, response to intervention, assessment, research, reasoning and proof, technology, and STEM. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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