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Global Math Week! Exploding Dots! October 10 - 17, 2017!

11 Aug 2017 7:08 PM | Anonymous

Coming in October… Global Math Week!

The Global Math Project aims to engage students and teachers around the world in thinking and talking about the same appealing piece of mathematics during a series of annual Global Math Weeks. Inspired by the work of, which makes coding accessible for millions of students across the globe, the GMP team will share the inherent joy, wonder, relevance, and meaning of mathematics with students everywhere and create a forum for the global celebration of creative mathematical thinking.

What Happens During Global Math Week?

The very first Global Math Week takes place this fall. Beginning October 10, 2017, one million students will experience Exploding Dots, a popular topic developed by Global Math Project founding team member James Tanton. During Global Math Week itself, teachers and other math leaders are asked to commit to spending the equivalent of one class period on Exploding Dots and to share their students’ experience with the Global Math Project community through social media. Teachers can choose a low-technology presentation format by using downloadable pdf lesson plans as a guide. Alternatively, they can opt for a technology-intensive experience, developed by the Canadian education technology company Scolab, which will consist of a collection of visually appealing “islands” representing Exploding Dots topics. For those who wish to delve deeper, additional materials will be freely available on the Global Math Project website to support further exploration of place value, arithmetic algorithms, negative numbers, alternative bases, polynomials, formal infinite series, and more.

How Can I Get Involved?

Consider becoming involved in some or all of the following ways:

  • Visit our website and explore the wondrous topic of Exploding Dots yourself. Then register to conduct an Exploding Dots experience with your students during Global Math Week.  
  • Encourage your colleagues to register for Global Math Week too, and to spread the word.
  • Become an official Global Math Project Ambassador and help build participation by posting on social media and helping organize local events. Perhaps host an Exploding Dots training session for educators in your area.

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