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December 31, 2012
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Mathematics Education in Today's News

  Teaching & Learning 
  • Study finds Facebook use could improve students' grades
    A study from a university in Israel finds that students who chat with friends on social networking websites, such as Facebook, have higher exam grades than students who do not. Michael Fire, author of the study, said social networking allowed students to talk one-on-one or arrange to meet elsewhere to help each other study. The findings, Fire said, show the effects of students' friends on their academic performance. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Top 10 education blog posts of 2012
    In this blog post, SmartBrief writer Sarah Wade shares the most-tweeted SmartBlog on Education posts from 2012. Among them: examining whether students are motivated by technology, what it means to be a 21st century teacher and ways in which teachers can utilize Twitter. Top tweeted blogs also include posts about flipped classrooms, the right ways to use classroom technology and what it means to be an education-technology leader. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Fla. high school enhances math curriculum with algebra tutors
    Lake Wales High School Principal Donna Dunson has investigated many high-achieving schools, including ones in poor and struggling communities, to see what she could apply at her Florida school. One of the priorities she said she has learned is the importance of students doing well in Algebra I. With the help of a private donation, she has hired college students and school alums to work as tutors and organized a program that will enhance algebra instruction. "Algebra is a gateway course for professionals," she said. News Chief (Winter Haven, Fla.) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. meets little opposition to common core transition
    While education officials in some states have raised objections to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the response in Pennsylvania has been relatively positive, with the majority of a governor-appointed panel approving the adoption of the common core in 2010. "That's because the standards are not really in any conflict with standards that Pennsylvania already has," said Ron Cowell, president of the nonprofit Education Policy and Leadership Center in Harrisburg. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NASA Student Launch Project inspires future rocket scientists
    A group of students from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, are taking their interest in rocketry to new heights, and possibly to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., for the finals of NASA's Student Launch Project. The students have been working with University of Akron professors, as well as engineers from Timken, an Ohio-based manufacturer. "It's the ability to promote engineering activity, which is the lifeblood of Timken in everything that we do," said Mark Joki, a senior development specialist at Timken's North Canton, Ohio, campus. McClatchy Washington Bureau/Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Connecting number and operations in the classroom
    Want a better understanding of the importance of number sense, with a particular focus on conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and applications? Join NCTM in New Orleans, July 11 to 13, for a new Interactive Institute focused on number and operations for pre-K-grade 5 educators. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • New online resource for the middle grades
    Real World Math, a new NCTM online resource for middle-grades mathematics teachers, connects math to the real world. With more than 150 articles, lesson plans and activities, this valuable resource can truly help engage students. Explore Real World Math for free -- select the tab "The Biological World," choose "Human Physiology and Health," and pick an article to see an example. Learn more, and find out how to purchase this exciting new NCTM resource! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
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