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Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education:What do you think? Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age. Should the summit be probability and statistics?

Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician -- celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation. Can it get any cooler?

NRICH Math Project: http://nrich.maths.org/public/index.php. NRICH is a joint project between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at The University of Cambridge to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners.

Trading Up (or Down) with Money: Matthew Lettington sent this math game for teaching for teaching students how to trade up (or down) with money. He used it with grade three students. They were able to cut out the pieces and store them in ziplock baggies. The teachers only need to provide paper clips for spinners. math money game.doc

Mega Mathematics:This site reminds us that“Mathematics is a live science with new discoveries being made every day. The frontier of mathematics is an exciting place, where mathematicians experiment and play with creative and imaginative ideas.” This site brings big ideas to small people.http://www.c3.lanl.gov/mega-math/

Flatland: Flatland is a world that exists entirely on a two-dimensional plane. All different kinds of shapes live, work and play in this world. http://media.sd68.bc.ca/display/068?t=26115

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