The Global Math Department is a community of math teachers who communicate online via Twitter and blogs, so they use the nickname Math Twitter Blogosphere (MTBoS). Over time this diverse group of teachers (preservice to retired) has grown in number and scope of activities. They have different contexts and experiences, as specific as urban high school teachers of students with disabilities, providing a broad perspective. Members have developed resources, curricula, and websites, and co-authored a book. They run online workshop sessions, problem-solving groups, and a weekly “department meeting” via webinar. The online connections have even spilled over into “real life”—with an annual conference called Twitter Math Camp. MTBoS is an informal organization—there are no membership fees or requirements to participate.
A new interactive national report shows how states are performing based on 10 STEM benchmarks. The STEM Opportunity Index, developed by the National Math and Science Initiative, SRI International, and 100Kin10, looks at more than 100 public datasets and puts the results into an interactive map that compares how states are doing across 10 conditions, practices, and outcomes demonstrating STEM success rates.
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) pioneered Design–Make–Play, a novel approach to learning and engagement, drawing on deeper learning research and supporting the creation of learning experiences that develop critical thinking, knowledge integration, innovation, and creativity skills.
ASM Teacher Materials Camp is a weeklong, idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that will make core math and science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle school and high school students. The materials topics are motivators in any engineering, technology, or science course as students complete projects of personal worth to them.