NCM news 2009: December

Mathematics and the arts
From the Notices of the American mathematical society

Mathematics links art and science in one great enterprise, the human attempt to make sense of the universe. ...
In the broad light of day mathematicians check their equations and their proofs, leaving no stone unturned in their search for rigour. But, at night, under the full moon, they dream, they float among the stars and wonder at the miracle of the heavens. They are inspired. Without dreams there is no art, no mathematics, no life.
(Abel Price winner and Fields-medalist Sir Michael F. Atiyah)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Atiyah

Mathematics and the arts
http://www.ams.org/notices/201001/

Bridges
http://www.bridgesmathart.org/

Adding Technology to Geometry Class Improves Opportunities to Learn
Gloriana González, a professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education at Illinois, says when students used dynamic geometry software they were more successful in discovering new mathematical ideas than when they used static, paper-based diagrams ... Sometimes students may understand the tool, but not the underlying mathematics behind the tool," González said. "Students can play, but teachers are trying to teach mathematics, not a particular tool.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091215121057.htm

Alice's adventures in algebra: Wonderland solved
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427391.600-alices-adventures-in-...
Alice's Wonderland Is a World of Absurd Mathematics
http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/?pa=mathNews&sa=view&newsId=741

The perfect way to slice a pizza
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427381.500-the-perfect-way-to-sl...
There's Real Math to Cutting Fair Slices of Pizza
http://mathdl.maa.org/mathDL/?pa=mathNews&sa=view&newsId=742

Wikipedia co-founder launches YouTube-like web site for children http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/site-of-the-week/site/?i=61846
WhatchKnow ...
http://www.watchknow.org/

We need to base maths lessons on computers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/6719451/We-need-to-base-maths-lesso...

Russian students outstanding in The Baltic Way Mathematical Team Competition 2009
http://bw09.no/index.php?page=1

Learning Mathematics for Life: A Perspective from PISA. The findings are important for curriculum planners, policy makers and in particular teachers - especially mathematics teachers of intermediate and lower secondary school classes.
http://www.oecd.org/document/5/0,3343,en_2649_35845621_44205381_1_1_1_1,...

Statement by Secretary Duncan on NAEP math 2009 trial urban district assessment,
 [US Dept of Education]
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/12/12082009.html
The nation's report card: Mathematics 2009 trial urban district assessment,
[US Dept of Education]
http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2010452
The common core state standards initiative, [corestandards.org]
http://www.corestandards.org/
K-12 standards development teams, [corestandards.org, pdf]
http://www.corestandards.org/Files/K-12DevelopmentTeam.pdf

TIMSS Advanced 2008
http://timss.bc.edu/timss_advanced/index.html#