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Report states mobile devices are on the rise in schools

The “2014 National Survey on Mobile Technology for K-12 Education,”  put out by Amplify has some eye-opening things to share about the increased use of mobile devices in schools. For example: Twenty percent of districts surveyed said they had a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy … Continue reading

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A Sappy Multiplication Problem

We just received some homemade maple syrup from our neighbors.  Did you know it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup?   Here in Michigan we produced 91,000 gallons of maple syrup this year. How much sap … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Teachers Preparing for School

Edutopia recently ran a list of ideas for teachers preparing for the new school year.   You’ll find some some good advice here. Take a quick look and see what might help you.   http://www.edutopia.org/blog/top-12-summer-tips-teachers-vicki-davis  

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Sand Castle Math

This problem suggested by one of our friends in Wisconsin. Roberto and his friends built a five story castle in the sand complete with moat.  Each story of the castle was 10 inches high. They wanted to put a flag … Continue reading

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New Study: Best Math Intervention Approach for First-Graders

A new study concludes that those first-graders who are behind their peers would have learned more if their teachers had just taught them to add and subtract the old-fashioned way. And then got the students to practice it a lot. … Continue reading

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Family Trip Math

Here’s fun math problem for grades 5 and up. The Randall family is planning a road trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  They live in Indianapolis, IN.  They looked for the best route on Google Maps and found … Continue reading

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All Star Teachers at the All Star Game

Major League Baseball, Target and People magazine on Tuesday announced the winners after hundreds of thousands of votes in the “Target Presents People All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives … Continue reading

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Barbecued Math

Here is another fun math problem involving the multiplication of fractions. Mr. Jefferson is planning a big picnic for his family.  He is expecting 12 adults and 24 children. He wants to make sure he will have enough meat to … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July Math Puzzle

Our town is planning a sensational Fourth of July fireworks.  The professionals in charge of the fireworks display will light four Rockets every minute,  two Sonic Booms every 30 seconds, one Super Rocket every three minutes, and one Flying Star Fountain every 5 minutes.  The … Continue reading

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World Cup Soccer by the Numbers

Here’s a timely math question for students in grades 5 and up. Europe has more than 53 soccer teams. They have played 268 matches and scored 749 times. What is their average number of goals per match? Bonus question: Only 25% … Continue reading

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