Would You Rather?—a collection of quick and fun math challenges for students—presents a picture with a problem that has two paths. Students then choose one of the paths and justify their choice with mathematical reasoning. Most of the questions have a financial aspect to them. For example, one problem asks, “Would you rather go on a five-minute shopping spree in the store of your choice, or get a $2,000 gift card to the store of your choice? Would You Rather? provides a simple, downloadable worksheet that students can use to analyze the choices presented to them.
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.
IBM’s famous Watson computing system is helping to power a searchable database of mathematics open educational resources (OERs) designed for K–5 teachers. The new tool, called Teacher Advisor With Watson1.0, is open to the public after a lengthy beta-testing period that sought input from state education commissioners, teachers’ unions, school board associations, and more than 1,000 teachers.