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Frostburg State University
39th Annual Mathematics Symposium
April 20, 2012

Featured Speaker   Featured Presentation

Our featured speaker will be Patrick Vennebush

As the Online Projects Manager at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Patrick Vennebush is responsible for the development of the free lessons and activities that appear on Illuminations. Formerly a middle grades teacher, for the last decade Patrick has provided professional development as an Associate Director at PBS TeacherLine and as a developer at ETS. He currently serves on the MathCounts Question Writing Committee and was a past editor of the “Media Clips” column in the Mathematics Teacher journal. Patrick is the author of Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks, and he now muses and amuses on his blog at


Using Online Resources to Promote Reasoning and Sense Making

The free online resources available from the NCTM Illuminations project stimulate mathematical play. Activities like Paper Pool encourage students to search for uncommon algebraic patterns, the Decimal Maze promotes understanding of number and operations, and the Mean and Median tool supports exploration of data concepts. Experience myriad resources from Illuminations, and then discuss how they can be used to promote reasoning and sense making in your classroom.

Click below for the complete Program Schedule.

Mathematics Symposium Program Schedule