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Folks,

Please accept my personal and sincere apologies. The reason for the embarrassing broadcasts about someone wanting to leave and someone else join MAVlist is because i made a mistake. I was using the MAVlist mailing list administration screens for my first time this year and thought I was approving the requested deletion and requested addition. Instead, I approved, as moderator to the list that the two emails be sent to everyone on the list. I promise to read the help files for the MAVlist backend before I press again any buttons on the admin screens! As Doug Williams wrote sympathetically; Happy New Year! So, in an effort to make good and encourage you all to keep in touch by reading the good stuff in MAVlist, here is the news:

  1. Serious Comedy Festival Program: Blurred Primes
  2. Using tablet apps in the primary school English and Mathematics classroom
  3. It is all about the money …
  4. 400 years ago . .
  5. Stanford Online
  6. Maths software site
  7. At the moment it is all about VCE Mathematics . .
  8. ASX Student Sharemarket Game
  9. The value of being Active
  10. Professional Development 2014 - we come to you
  11. Teach Maths for Understanding: Share your views
  12. Maths Talent Quest 2014
  13. Are you still a member?
  14. Working like a mathematician
  15. WWW.HAVESUMFUNONLINE.COM

1. Serious Comedy Festival Program: Blurred Primes
Sleek Geek Adam Spencer has always been a great populariser of the glory that can be the mathematical sciences with a fascination with monster primes leading the way. Well, Adam Spencer is coming to town! The wonderful Comedy Festival will be his Melbourne playground. His show, Blurred Primes straddles term time and holidays so can be seen as a school excursion or just by kids with their parents, further, Adam Spencer writes that “the maths is really fun but fully accessible - you don't need anything more than year 4 maths to be able to follow the entire show - it's more about the joy of mathematics and lots of laughs. So, with shows across the day on Tuesday, 1, Wednesday, 2, Tuesday, 8 and Wednesday, 9 April 2014 - you just shouldn’t miss this special show . Catchya, Adam!

2. Using tablet apps in the primary school English and Mathematics classroom
TEAM:P and MAV members are hereby invited to an “Appy Hour” in Brunswick at the MAV on Thursday 13 March 2014 (from 4.00 – 6.00pm). And its FREE. Complimentary drinks and nibbles will be served whilst we explore and share our favourite mathematical Apps. Bring your tablet or just come along ready to exchange ideas with our expert guests. You will also be welcome to browse resources from both the VATE and MAV bookshops and have a chat with our fabulous Maths Education Consultants. Oh, and did I mention that our SPECIAL GUEST will be Professor Nicola Yelland? Register now. For more information, please contact Mathematics Education Consultant Jennifer Bowden.

3. It is all about the money …
As I was preparing this newsletter I was struck by just how much of other news in February 2014 appears to be dominated by stories about industry closures in Victoria. Of course, as key establishments in community life, schools and their teachers will need to be part of any action to offer support to families caught up in the human reality of this economic news. So it may be timely to review the advice the range of financial literacy education resources the Commonwealth has provided for teachers and parents to use in the education of younger people. Money Smart.

4. 400 years ago . .
So TWO Maths masters articles since the last MAVlist. One acknowledges the 400 years history of the logarithm with a lovely piece from The Rain Man to complement it. The other references a popular YouTube video with a lovely riposte selected from from the mathematical body of work that is Penn and Teller . Grand mathematics classroom discussion starters all.


5. Stanford Online
Stanford University (alma mater of one of Melbourne’s Maths Masters) is offering a free course titled Introduction to Mathematical Thinking. if you sign up, please do write and let me know what the experience of such learning is like.

6. Maths software site
MAV Mathematics Education Consultant Sharyn Livy suggests that Transum Software have put together a site some mathematics education folk might find of value. Check out their Starter of the Day for a quick taste.

7. At the moment it is all about VCE Mathematics . .
If you visit the MAV’s professional learning calendar for 2014 you will see that most of the early offering for February, March and April are in support of VCE Mathematics. Significantly, Helen Haralambous has constructed a ‘SuperMonday ’ for 24February where SACs sessions AND an opportunity to meet the 2013 examiners in all Units three and four mathematics subjects spans the whole day at the University of Melbourne. But then, there are fourteen (yes, 14!) other opportunities at varying dates and locations across Victoria.

8. ASX Student Sharemarket Game
Cecile Guilloux has written to say that registrations for the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game will close on 12 March with the first game for 2014 occurring between 13 March to 21 May. So. Bull? Bear? Read all about it and register here.

9. The value of being Active
The MAV’s Mathematics Active Schools initiative is a way to recognise and support schools who are effectively engaging their students mathematically. We drew our inspiration from the Cancer Council’s SunSmart initiative and have at long last found a way for schools to show their community that they truly value mathematics. Well, Ellen Corovic has got the program up and running for 2014 and will be providing quality support to those schools who do decide to demonstrate that they are Mathematics Active Schools. Check out what just one school is doing and then apply.

10. Professional Development 2014 - we come to you
The MAV can cater specifically to your school's Professional Development requirements. Our Maths Education Consultants can design programs targeting your school's PD needs from Early Years to VCE. And they are prepared to spend all year with you! Please contact Jen Bowden to discuss a tailor made package for your school.

11. Teach Maths for Understanding : Share your views
Teach Maths for Understanding aims to help teachers with planning and linking to suitable resources - for all years (Foundation to Year 10). The website contains hyperlinks to a huge variety of resources, including MAV learning resources. Best of all, it is FREE to members. You will never need to use a textbook again! Grand as this resource is, curator Dr Ian Lowe is planning to make dramatic improvements throughout 2014. So he needs your input . Please take a short TM4U survey now.

12. Maths Talent Quest 2014
Jennifer Bowden is currently updating all information for the 2014 MTQ. Your feedback is appreciated, please complete our survey before Friday 28 February.

Dates for the 2014 MTQ are

  • State registration opens Tuesday 22 April
  • State registration closes Monday 21 July
  • Delivery of entries Wednesday 13 August
  • Judging Thursday 14 – Tuesday 19 August
  • National entries due at MAV Wednesday 10 September
  • National Judging Monday 15 – Friday 19 September
  • National and MAV MTQ Awards ceremony Thursday 23 October

13. Are you still a member?
This is a good question. With so, so much on offer in support of mathematics education in 2014 AND the marvellous English and Mathematics offerings for TEAM:P primary schools can you afford not to be? The renewal process for 2014 is well underway - so if in doubt, or if you are looking for a fresh copy of your renewal invoice, please contact Michael Green right now.

14. Working like a mathematician
Looking for some great ways of making mathematics accessible and helping students work and think like mathematicians? Well, the MAV’s FREE (to members) TM4U resource can point you in the right direction. And one of those is certain to be the BLACK DOUGLAS with the Maths Task Centre and the Calculating Changes network of Mathematics Centre.

15. WWW.HAVESUMFUNONLINE.COM
MAV members are able to enrol in the HSFOL competition at MAWA member rates. Check out these mathematical problem solving challenges for teams of students from Year 3 - Year 10 (WWW.HAVESUMFUNONLINE.COM). This offer will be available to MAV members schools by logging in to the MAWA Web-store and creating an account including the business type of MAV Member your school is. This will give your school the MAWA Membership discount for HaveSumOnline. Enjoy!

Here is hoping that I don’t press the wrong buttons again on this MAVlist machine (fingers crossed!).

 

Cheers,

Simon

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