Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
FullMarks/siyavula November 2011 Newsletter
Basic Education <http://www.education.gov.za/>
is printing their openlylicensed textbooks for all learners taking
Physical Science and/or Mathematics in Grades 1012, for the whole
country for 2012! A total of 2.5 million Siyavula textbooks (titled
"Everything Maths" and "Everything Science") will be printed
and distributed across the country!
Ensuring that this was possible became the exclusive focus of the
Siyavula team for the last 4 months, which was an allconsuming
exercise. We expanded our team and worked incredibly hard (each member
of the book team clocked almost 2 man months per calendar month since
midSeptember!). We had to revamp our pipeline, develop new layouts
for the books, undergo multiple review iterations with DBE reviewers,
edit, edit, edit and then turn everyone into a translator in some
capacity. It has been incredibly hectic but worth all the effort, as
we proudly await the delivery of our open textbooks to schools across
the country.
This is a great milestone for both Siyavula and the OER movement in
South Africa, and will raise significant exposure of the issues around
access to materials and awareness of open licensing. For more
information on this please visit Mark Horner's blog
<http://www.markhorner.net/2011/12/05/whathappenedtothelast5months/>
. To download our new books please visit our website by clicking here
<http://www.siyavula.com/books>
.
As a result of this we had to put new developments for FullMarks
<http://www.fullmarks.org.za/>
on hold for a little while, but we will send out notification next
week on the changes that have been implemented in the last while, as
well as where we stand on future developments.
We are closing for Christmas on Thursday 15 December, with most of the
team back in the office on Tuesday 3 January.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday and a good break over
the Festive season!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences: Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences
AIMS offers an intensive graduatelevel course over 10 months leading to a master'slevel Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Mathematical Sciences, formally accredited by the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and the Western Cape.
The programme is taught in association with the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Cambridge, and the Division of Physical Sciences at the University of Oxford.
The course provides both a broad overview of cuttingedge sciences and strong mathematical and computing research skills. The course is unique, offering students exposure to a range of topics, thereby allowing them to make an informed choice as to their future specialisation. The goal is to develop wellrounded scientists, with excellent problemsolving skills, capable of creative thinking and genuine innovation. There is a strong grounding in endtoend skills, from problem formulation, estimation, prioritisation, and generally applicable mathematical and computing methods, through to clear and concise scientific report writing. The aim is to equip students with the necessary tools and confidence for decision making and policy analysis. A number of modules which also make the course interesting and relevant to prospective mathematics and science teachers, have been included in the programme for South African students commencing in January 2012.
Faculties from the nearby Universities of the Western Cape, Cape Town and Stellenbosch have been intimately involved in developing the AIMS course, ensuring it is well integrated with local undergraduate and master’s courses, and with local postgraduate research opportunities. Worldleading scientists and educators have volunteered to teach at AIMS. Their participation ensures an education of the highest international quality. Tutors (often including PGD alumni) provide teaching and administrative assistance, assistance to foreign language speakers, and continuity across the visiting lecturers.
Students are registered at one of the three local universities: Cape Town, Stellenbosch or Western Cape.
Prospective applicants
Completing a course of such scope and depth in just one academic year is possible only if it is highly intensive, so students must come prepared to work hard and focus. The residential nature of AIMS allows far greater contact time between lecturers and students than normally available in a university setting. Courses are studentcentred but very demanding. Students study two subjects at a time every three weeks, with morning lectures and related afternoon problem solving and computing sessions. Each course consists of 30 hours contact time (10 per week). Additional tutorials and special lectures are often held in the evenings, when students complete their assignments.
No special preparation for the course is needed on a student's part. However, the working language is English and foreign students are advised to take an English language course before arrival. The course also carries a large component of scientific computing, and many hours are spent in the computer laboratory; students who have improved their touch typing skills before the programme will have a distinct advantage.
To apply for admission go to the Apply section www.aims.ac.za/en/apply/postgraduatediploma for the required forms.
Students are strongly advised to apply by 31 March 2012 to qualify for the first round selection which takes place during March. Applicants who are accepted on to the programme will be notified by the end of March 2012. Late applications received may be considered in exceptional cases and where places are still vacant.
For more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences, refer to www.aims.ac.za/en/programmes/postgraduatediploma.
For more about the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, refer to www.aims.ac.za.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

Using bibliotherapy in mathematics teaching to prevent degeniusing
Today the understanding of mathematics is critical in an increasingly technological age. Teachers must play an important role to ensure that all students display confidence in their ability to do mathematics. Often gifted students of mathematics can be made to feel bad by their peers just because they know mathematics and things come easily to them. Children’s and adolescent literature has now been recognised as a means of teaching mathematics to students through the use of stories to make the mathematics concepts relevant and meaningful.

Frequency Distribution Table with Cumulative Frequency  MathsLinks
"For use by students, a Frequency Distribution Table with Cumulative Frequency column. Frequency is entered using +/ buttons, cumulative frequency is entered manually and the tool shows whether the entry is correct (green) or not (red)."

Another handy mathematics sites for K12 students studymaths.co.uk
tags: mathematics k12 interactive worksheets

New article published: Albanian students’ motives for preferring certain reallife situations for learning mathematics"
tags: mathematics articles research matshlit
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

New article published: The interplay of language and mathematics
This article deals with an intervention unit which focused on the positive effect of integrating poems, stories and fables (the literary genre) for improving mathematical language, fostering the teaching of mathematics language, increasing satisfaction with the process and strengthening the relationship between use of daily language and mathematics language. The study was conducted amongst preservice mathematics teachers, specialising in literacy activities designed to foster mathematics language.
tags: mathematics
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

MATHEMATICS ADVISORY SERVICES OVERBERG
Yeaah a new local find
tags: mathematics #sateachers

Trigonometry: Graphs: Sine and Cosine
tags: trigonometry sine cosine mathematics

When the great mathematician Isaac Newton explained the colours of the rainbow with refraction the poet John Keats was horrified. Keats complained (through poetry of course) that a mathematical explanation robbed these marvels of nature of their magic, conquering "all mysteries by rule and line". But as we will see, the mathematical explanation, requiring just the basic geometry of lines and circles, is just as elegant as the rainbows themselves.
tags: mathematics mathslit rainbows

GeoGebra: Do The Math!  Download free content from Maine Department of Education on iTunes
GeoGebra: Do the Math is a series of screencast tutorials for teachers and/or students. The tutorials were initiated as a project to support Maine math teachers in the integration of technology in the classroom. What is GeoGebra provides an overview of the program and its capabilities. Several tutorials present the program’s menu options and tools in stepbystep format. Another group of tutorials provides examples of GeoGebra learning activities in major math content areas. These tutorials are intended as a visual supplement to printed guides and documentation. GeoGebra users can find a wealth of guidance and examples at www.geogebra.org. A web search such as “GeoGebra Pythagorean Theorem” will yield hundreds of additional articles, examples, and applets.
tags: mathematics Podcasts school2.0
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

Interesting article applicable to us?
tags: integration mathematics
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

Resources hand picked to help students come to terms with fractions
tags: mathematics fractions

Funny Math Test Exam Answers, Possible Math Homework Help Needed
tags: Mathematics funny jokes answers student

Praetor Education mathematics downloads
Some investigations and projects and lessonplans here
tags: sateachers mathematics

Putting this here so that I will rememember to create a create a mathslit a lesson from this.
tags: mathslit estimation lessonplanidea mathematics lessonplan gr35 primaryschools
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Invitation to a Russian professor's talk on Olympiads
Dear colleagues
You are kindly invited to attend a lecture by a visiting Mathematics and Statistics professor from Russia.
Professor Ivan Vysotski
He will give us an insight into the Mathematics Olympiads conducted in Russian schools.
Date: Monday: 24 October 2011
Venue: AJH van der Walt Building, Muckleneuk Campus, UNISA, Room 636
Time: 12:30 for 13:00 to 14:00
Please RSVP for catering purposes (by Friday, 21 October):
Monday, October 17, 2011
Calling South African teachers to start twittering: Online unworkshop
Some of the reasons for using twitter as a teacher and in your classroom:
 You can create a personal learning network on the fly
 You can learn from others and get instant support
 You can use this tool to teach your learners how to use social media responsibly
 You can share resources, events, thoughts, lesson ideas... quick as lightning!
 You can have discussions on topical issues in your classroom and in education in general.
 You can use it to connect your class to other global classrooms and experts
 .................
The (.....) parts is where the UN part of the unworkshop comes in. Even though I, and hopefully others, will be providing structure as far as making sure that everybody will be getting some of the basic information and providing learning objects and references along the way, this workshop will be dependent on the input, direction and needs of all who participate. I will also invite my learning network to interact, support and share best practices with you and I am sure we will ALL be able to add value and direction to this unworkshop. So if you are part of my amazing twitter PLN, please let me know if you will be able to mentor a few new teacher twits and get them to understand why we are atwitter about twitter!
It will also entail some online ad hoc webinars (which will be hosted by Schoolnet) to help you connect and we even may want to meet face to face and have edutweetups all around the country?!!
The whole workshop will be run via Facebook (www.ict4champions.co.za) and my blog (www.school2.co.za) for those without faces ;). So, you can either RSVP as a comment on the event blogpost here, or on my Facebook events page.
Looking forward to interacting with you all! If you are a South African teacher please add #sateachers to your tweet. Our hashtag for this unworkshop is #ict4champions.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

Quizmax: a local cellphone based curriculum tool (maths Science, Life sciences)
Maths, Physical Science and Life Sciences revision quizzes directly on your cell phone or PC. Preparation tool for all your tests and exams. Immediate feedback: answers plus reasons for the correct answers. Wide range of examlevel questions. Developed by experienced Maths, Physical Science and Life Sciences educators
Complies with National Curriculum Statement. Compliant with current Examination Guidelines 
MIT BLOSSOMSmaths and science video classes 4 high school
"The open repository of interactive high school lesson video modules sponsored by MIT's Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) has unveiled an updated website.
Every lesson, filmed in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore, is still a complete resource that includes video segments, a teacher's guide, downloadable handouts, and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic.
Since first appearing in these pages six months ago, the library of videos has grown to over 50 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video, Internet downloads, DVDs, and videotapes."tags: videos mathematics science highschool opencourseware mit

Matheatics games and interactives
tags: mathematics games interactive

In Maximum Capacity, you play the role of an elevator attendant who must bring as many gorillas as possible to the eighth floor for the annual Gorilla's Ball at the Jungle Hotel! The only problem is, the doors to the ball close in three minutes, and there are still hundreds of anxious gorillas waiting. Bring as many as you can to the eighth floor in three minutes.
tags: mathematics primarychool estimation weight games interactive

Lots of mathematics resources here for schools. THe bookmark collection of @jonesieboy
tags: mathematics

Math at Work Monday: Jennifer the retail buyer
tags: mathematics

tags: mathematics sateachers

All the materials developed by MALATI are in the public domain. They may be freely used and adapted, with acknowledgement to MALATI and the Open Society Foundation for South Africa.
The documents provided here are the teacher documents, consisting of the learner activities and accompanying teacher notes. We also include the rationale document for each content area, giving background on the underlying philosophy and design principles.tags: mathematics mathslit sateachers malati

Learn Xra Grade 12 Saturday School #mathslit Lessons from @Mindset
tags: mathematics mathslit sateachers videos

tags: mathematics statistics data datasets mathslit sateachers

Maths Excellence > Resources > Maths
tags: mathematics maths sateachers

Great mathematics and #mathslit downloads from Brombacher & Associates

HowTo Articles for Mathematics/mathslit
tags: mathematics howtos

Pythagoras Vol 32, No 1 (2011) is now available
tags: mathematical literacy mathslit sateachers Research journals Mathematics

Thutong:Caps documents for Mathematics Grades 1012
tags: mathematics caps Gr10 Gr11 Gr12 curriculum currdocs&policies DBE

Thutong: South African Education Portal mathematics space
tags: sateachers mathematics

Maths Excellence: lots of resources here!
Lots of local and global mathematics resources for learners
tags: mathematics sateachers

SmartLearner is a mobi site across all the SA subject areas.
tags: school2.0 mleanring mobi science mathematics sateachers mathslit lifesciences

tags: mathematics sateachers textbooks ebooks library2.0 sciences

Download the free and open mathematics text books from FHSST

Mathematics Dump: 11 ideas for what and how to share for mathematics teachers

Mathematics questions across all phases from Fullmarks
Fullmarks s a local assessment bank tool for south african learners and ther teachers. You can set tests on the fly. and ad questions to the database It also have the anwers. Very handy
tags: mathematics sateachers

Connexions  Siyavula (South African school resources)
tags: mathematics sateachers resources

This is my mathematics blog where all my mathematics resources, events and titbits are auto send.
tags: mathematics sateachers resources
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Great maths book review by Charles Smith
A great source for interesting lesson starters or challenges for inquiring minds. If your school has a "reading" period then this is the ideal book.
Get it  if you love maths...it's worth it.
Here's a link to view the table of contents.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/toc/1848660634/ref=dp_toc?ie=UTF8&n=266239
Monday, October 10, 2011
11 ideas for what and how to share for mathematics teachers
So this post is dedicated to the sharer bees...those who unselfishly share the fruit of their classrooms, their tests,exams, their lesson plans, and most of all their wisdom, allowing us to look over their shoulders and learn from them not only from their successes but also from their failures!! Bravo to your braveness!!
Which bring me to the whole thing of sharing. Quite a "complicated" concept. Firstly I want to look at what we can share.
When talking to teachers, their idea of the "what"is mostly restricted to actual sharing of set papers and tests. We are working under severe time pressure and have to get students to "pass" and "excel" as dictated by current assessment standards, which may or may not be of the highest standard. This make the sharing of assessment items a priority in order to set tests, exams as well fast drill and practice kind of exercises. We do not even get to the sharing of useful inspiring articles and ideas that could support and underpin creating 21st a century problem solving, critical thinking breed of citizens. We do not look at sharing of materials to include sharing of wisdom, what worked and did not in my classroom stories. We do not share stuff that could help us develop in our own lifelong learning pathways. We simply do not have time. Then we wonder why we feel disenchanted, uninspired and isolated.
So if we look at the WHAT to share:
 Lesson plans, work schedules, tests, exam papers, curriculum documents and briefs as not all teachers in districts always get it it. (the basics)
 Teaching ideas (e.g. I am thinking of doing a twitter project with my students to harvest real time statistical data any ideas?)
 What works and what does not work in my classroom.
 How I teach.
 Internet articles of value (this is a great way to filter relevant knowledge for your colleagues and learning network)
 Online simulations and interactive material that can be used on whiteboards.
 New technology (ICT) tools (e.g. facebook, twitter, edmodo, animoto, google+, diigo...) and how you use them in your classroom.
 Tutorials learn something new that you can use in your classroom and for your won professional development.
 News of professional development opportunities, events, conferences and seminars. (locally and globally, online and face to face)
How can we share. (My bandwagon hop on please)
 If you want to share any of the above QUICKLY, twitter is your answer. Just add the URL (web address) to your tweet with a short what it is about (you have 140 characters to do so) and add a hashtag so that interested people can find it quickly. (e.g. #mathematics, #mathchat, #mathslit #sateachers). If we then search for #mathchat we can find "fresh" cutting edge resources. Example: See the #mathchat twitter stream http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23mathchat
 We need a database to store all these wonderful resources that we were talking about and here I want to scream DIIGO. This great tool allows you to, not only bookmark relevant resources, but have discussion about a resource, annotate resources, share it to twitter, create automated blog posts, embed automated feeds in your school's Learner Management System or website, create reading lists, and share with other interested colleagues or students in groups. It is also cross platform and you can access and share your bookmarks from any computer, operating system browser, cellphone, ipad or tablet. My mathematics sharing group is here: http://groups.diigo.com/group/classroommathematics
 File sharing tools. There are many to choose from, see my database here: http://www.diigo.com/user/maggiev/filesharing My favourite file sharing tool is Dropbox as it gives you 2GB free to start off with (you can get extra GB's by getting your friends to join), fully integrates with your computer filing system and not only syncs all you files across all your devices but also syncs automatically with your colleagues' devices the moment you save a file in a shared folder on your device/PC . I have written a howto tutorial on how to get started with Dropbox that you can download from here: http://bit.ly/p9u2wb
My local South African mathematics websites and resources can be found under the tag's Mathematics+sateachers here: http://www.diigo.com/user/maggiev/sateachers%20mathematics
Photo credits:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveduarte/2817722169/
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

Tweeting using the Golden Ratio  Great Maths Teaching Ideas
tags: mathematics goldenratio twitter mathslit ratios LO1 functionalrelationships

Five Lessons On Teaching From Angry Birds That Have Nothing Whatsoever To Do With Parabolas
COnnecting the game angry birds to parabolas
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
"I hate maths" seminar at Wits
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

tags: Mathematics gametheory

People as well as animals are born with a sense for numbers. But is this inborn number sense related to mathematical ability? A new study suggests that it is.
tags: Mathematics counting
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

Statistics  Learn About Statistics
tags: statistics mathematics

Extra maths lessons on MXit extended by Nokia
tags: MXit maths mathematics momaths projects southafrican education school2.0

MathX is a mxit maths game to hone those basic skills
"MathX is a mathematical game where the player is given 4 single digit numbers (09). The player must apply the basic operators (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) to each of these numbers, using all the numbers once only, to get to the answer 24."
tags: mxit games educational school2.0 mathematics

tags: mathematics lessonplanidea

Sum up today's lesson in a tweet
How a maths teacher is using twitter in his classroom.
tags: mathematics twitter examples school2.0

Mathematics Education: A Way Forward
The objective of good math teaching should not be to "cover the curriculum" but to show students how to explore our fascinating and beautiful world through the lens of mathematics. We must change our focus in math education from a focus on a largely irrelevant and uninteresting set of learning objectives to a focus on making math relevant and engaging for students.
tags: mathematics mathchat numeracy mathslit

Free Math Resources for K12 from Curriki.org
tags: mathematics websites resources K12 math

tags: mathematics websites resources

Math & Science Apps  Google Docs
Seems ipad geared but quite a lot of these are available on android as well

13YearOld Designs Efficient Solar Array Inspired By Oak Trees
This is the kind of thinking we should stimulate in our students
tags: school2.0 mathematics
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

Dazzle your data handling class with an infographic project #mathematics

A few more mathematics ebook stuff
tags: mathematics ebooks

PlanetMath is a virtual community which aims to help make mathematical knowledge more accessible.
"PlanetMath is a virtual community which aims to help make mathematical knowledge more accessible. PlanetMath's content is created collaboratively: the main feature is the mathematics encyclopedia with entries written and reviewed by members."
tags: mathematics encyclopedia

Mathematics  more Free EBooks
"EBooks for free online viewing and/or download"
tags: mathematics ebooks

Mathematics ebooks for all levels it looks like
tags: mathematics ebooks pdfbooks
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 in the classroom A guide
"From basic math to precalculus, Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 helps you visualize and see mathematical concepts as you’ve never seen them before."
tags: mathematics software school2.0

The 10 Best Maths Teaching Resource Websites
tags: math mathematics resources
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Prof Michael's July 2011 Math eNewsletter
Dear Colleagues & friends
Happy Madiba day, 18 July! Hope you all spent a little time in service to others in recognition of the great man. This newsletter is my own modest contribution.
1. HOMEPAGE UPDATE
My homepage at http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/profmd/homepage4.html has been updated with the following new items:
1) "Equiangled cyclic and equilateral circumscribed polygons", PDF (2011)
2) 2010 "Reflections on Van Hiele" paper now available in Portuguese & Croatian
3) mathematical/mathematics education quote
4) mathematics/science cartoon.
My dynamic geometry sketches Link at http://math.kennesaw.edu/~mdevilli/JavaGSPLinks.htm has been updated with the following (new & revised) sketches:
1) FermatTorricelli point generalizations (updated)
2) Semiregular anglegons and sidegons (new)
3) Some parallelohexagon areas (updated)
4) Some unproved conjectures (updated)
and the Student Explorations section with:
1) Collinear conjecture (new)
2) Gielis Supershape formula (new)
3) Napoleon variation problem (new)
4) Paul Yiu's problem and a generalization (new)
5) Varsity Readiness Test (new)
Please REFRESH pages if they don't load properly the first time.
2. NEW SOFTWARE
Tinkerplots 2, the innovative data handling software for younger learners (and quite adequate for Math Literacy in the South African Curriculum) not only has some great new features, but is now available as a download. Hence, it is available at a lower cost than before, e.g. currently at about R150 for a student license and about R370 for a Single User (and even lower for bulk orders). For more information and to download a free demo go to http://www.keypress.com/x5715.xml Please contact dynamiclearn@mweb.co.za for more information and to order.
3. BOOKS/PROCEEDINGS
The books below might be valuable additions to add to your university, school or personal libraries.
a) Exploring Number and Operations in Grades 3–5 with Sketchpad 5
b) Exploring Geometry and Measurement in Grades 3–5 with Sketchpad 5
c) Exploring Ratio, Proportion, and Probability in Grades 6–8 with Sketchpad 5
(For more info about the above 3 books or to order please contact dynamiclearn@mweb.co.za )
d) The Preparation of Teachers of Mathematics: Considerations and Challenges, download FREE PDF fromhttp://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=10055
e) Statistics for People Who (Think they) Hate Statistics, 2nd Edition Excel 2007 Edition by Neil J Salkind from University of Kansas, SAGE publishers. 2010.
f) Sweet Reason: A field guide to modern logic. 1995, By Thomas Tymoczko, James M. Henle. (For more info or to order please contactdynamiclearn@mweb.co.za )
g) AMESA (Assoc. Math. Ed. of South Africa) Congress 2011 Proceedings are now available online athttp://www.amesa.org.za/amesa2011/Proceedings.htm )
4. WEBSITES & MORE DOWNLOADS
a) Useful free book for Math Competition & Olympiad Enthusiasts on "Elementary Number Theory" athttp://www.scribd.com/doc/26455476/MathElementaryNumberTheory
b) View a video clip or read the transcript of Conrad Wolfram's 2010 talk "Stop teaching calculating; start teaching math" athttp://www.computerbasedmath.org/resources/reformingmathcurriculumwithcomputers.html
c) Free Interactive Math Crossword Puzzles Online at http://www.mathgoodies.com/puzzles/crosswords/icircle1.html
d) PROJECT MATHEMATICS by Tom Apostel at http://www.projectmathematics.com/ has several wonderful short video clips on topics for classroom use such as Similarity, Pythagoras, Pi, Sine and Cosine, History of Math, Polynomials, etc.
e) SAGE Viable free open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab Sage is free open source math software that supports research and teaching in algebra, geometry, calculus, elementary to very advanced number theory, cryptography, numerical computation, commutative algebra, group theory, combinatorics, graph theory, and exact linear algebra. Download for Win, Linux and Mac athttp://www.sagemath.org/
f) The Community for Undergraduate Learning in the Mathematical Sciences Newsletter is available online atwww.math.auckland.ac.nz/CULMS/newsletters
g) International lists of Mathematics Educations journals are available at http://mathedjournals.wikispaces.com/ andhttp://www.crme.soton.ac.uk/links/journals.html
h) Download a number of great articles for free from NCTM's three journals, "Teaching Children Mathematics", "Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School" and "Mathematics Teacher" at http://iem.nctm.org/display.php?M=1333613&C=e1230c7d7a5c78229b97f9bb794d9c51&S=955&L=36&N=963
i) Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of worldclass educational materials to anyone who needs them. It is a great place to find and post classroom activities and course curriculum. Go tohttp://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome
j) A list of articles and their abstracts from the Far East Journal of Mathematical Education, May 2011, is available athttp://pphmj.com/journals/articles/761.htm
5. CONFERENCES
a) BRIDGES 2011 Conference: Connections between Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture, Univ of Coimbra, Portugal, July 2731, 2011. URL: http://bridgesmathart.org/bridges2011/
b) 11th International Conference of The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project: 'Turning Dreams into Reality: Transformations and Paradigm Shifts in Mathematics Education', 1016 September 2011, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Download the First Announcement and Call for Papers at: http://math.unipa.it/~grim/21project.htm Email, Alan Rogerson, Programme Chair atalan@rogerson.pol.pl
c) The ATCM and Chinese Association of Mathematics Education is launching the ATCMChina chapter (http://atcm.mathandtech.org/China) and its first meeting is to be held at Xi'an, China during August 36, 2011. The ATCM local chapter is meant to promote the exchanges of studentscentered projects where technological tools are being implemented creatively in solving reallife problems.
d) The 16th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM 2011 http://atcm.mathandtech.org), which is going to be hosted by the Abantzzet Baysal University, Bolu, Turkey at the beautiful five star B√Ç¬üy√Ç¬ük Abant hotel, September 1923 of 2011.
e) ICMI Study 21 entitled "Mathematics Education and Language diversity". The two cochairs are Mamokgethi Setati, University of South Africa, and Maria Do Carmo Domite, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Discussion Document may be found at the study website athttp://www.icmi21.com/index.php?page_id=140 and the Study Conference will be held on 16  20 September 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
f) The 2011 International Conference on School Mathematics Textbooks (ICSMT 2011) will be held during October 1214, 2011 in Shanghai, China and hosted by East China Normal University (ECNU). The theme of ICSMT 2011 is to explore trends and characteristics of school mathematics textbooks around the world. Official website of ICSMT 2011 at: http://math.ecnu.edu.cn/academia/icsmt/mainpage.html
g) The ISTE International Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, Kruger Park, South Africa, 1720 October 2011. Theme: "Towards Effective Teaching and Meaningful Learning in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education". URL:http://www.unisa.ac.za/isteconference
h) CARN Conference 2011 (Collaborative Action Research Network) at http://ius.uniklu.ac.at/misc/carn/
Bringing a different world into existence: Action research as a trigger for innovations, 4th  6th November, 2011
Vienna.
i) 1st ComputerBased Math Education Summit. Organised by http://computerbasedmath.org in association with Wolfram Research at The Royal Institution, London, 1011 November 2011. Visit:
http://www.computerbasedmath.org/events/londonsummit2011/
j) Volcanic Delta 2011, the Eighth Southern Hemisphere Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics, will be held in Rotorua, NZ from 27th November to 2nd December 2011. To express your interest in the conference or find further information please visit www.delta2011.co.nz
k) Joint Mathematics Meeting of the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, 29 November – 3 December 2011 at http://www.nmmu.ac.za/samsams2011/ssprop.htm
l) The annual meeting of the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science & Technology Education (SAARMSTE), 1619 January 2012, University of Malawi. Theme: "Mathematics, Science & Technology Education : A key to sustainable development". Go to: 1st Announcement
m) The didactics of mathematics: approaches and issues. International colloquium in honour of Michele Artigue (Professor Universit¬é Paris Diderot, expresident of ICMI), Paris 31 May – 2 June 2012. First Announcement with a description of Scientific Activities of Plenary Lectures, Panels, Workshops, Poster Session is available in French, English and Spanish at http://www.lar.univparisdiderot.fr/colloque/artigue
n) 12th International Congress on Mathematics Education, ICME12, July 815, 2012, Seoul, Korea. The 2nd Announcement has been uploaded on the ICME12 website (http://www.icme12.org ). Calls for papers for different topic groups have also been posted.
6. QUOTES & POINTS TO PONDER
"Moreover, there is a growing consensus that human minds are fundamentally not very good at mathematics, and must be trained ... Given this fact, the computer can be seen as a perfect complement to humans  we can intuit but not reliably calculate or manipulate; computers are not yet very good at intuition, but are great at calculations and manipulations." – Dave Baily in email discussion with experimental mathematician Jonathan Borwein (during 2010)
"The art is not in the 'truth' but in the explanation, the argument. It is the argument itself which gives the truth its context, and determines what is really being said and meant. Mathematics is the art of explanation. If you deny students the opportunity to engage in this activity— to pose their own problems, make their own conjectures and discoveries, to be wrong, to be creatively frustrated, to have an inspiration, and to cobble together their own explanations and proofs — you deny them mathematics itself. "  Paul Lockhart in A Mathematician's Lament
"Often the key to answering a mathematical riddle is not to focus on fine details, but to look at broad details. Less can mean more. When it works, this trick is spectacular ..."  Ian Stewart in Taming the Infinite, Quercus Publishing, 2008, p. 236.
7. HUMOUR IN MATH & SCIENCE
Martin's Law of Committees: "A committee is a group of people who, individually, can do nothing, but collectively can meet and decide that nothing can be done."
"Photons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic."  Woody Allen
A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6." A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk. The wife asks him, "Why the hell did you buy 6 cartons of milk?" He replied, "They had eggs."
8. PROBLEM PUZZLER
Solve the problem at: http://math.kennesaw.edu/~mdevilli/paulyiutheorem.html
(Use a free, Java enabled web browser like Firefox or Safari or download & install Java for Internet Explorer).
9. FEEDBACK
I'm always grateful for any feedback I receive. Humberto Bortolossi from Brazil kindly wrote to point out that
the video clip mentioned in the previous enewsletter "Fibonacci Numbers  The Fingerprint of God" at www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9MwNm0gXd8&feature=player_embedded has some popular misconceptions.
The following article by George Markowsky. "Misconceptions About The Golden Ratio". College Mathematics Journal, vol. 23, n. 1, pp. 219, 1992 at http://www.umcs.maine.edu/~markov/GoldenRatio.pdf discusses this and other misconceptions.
Humberto has also implemented a Java Applet (in Portuguese) where it's possible to experiment and to see that the shape of the nautilus shell is actually not well described by a golden spiral as often popularly claimed: http://www.uff.br/cdme/rza/rzahtml/rzaspiralsbr.html
Geometrically yours
Michael

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