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Core Math Tools is a downloadable suite of interactive software tools for algebra and functions, geometry and trigonometry, and statistics and probability. The tools are appropriate for use with any high school mathematics curriculum and compatible with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in terms of content and mathematical practices. Java required. CMT_Square 
General Purpose Tools
CAS, Spreadsheet, Geometry, Data Analysis, and Simulation
Custom Apps
Focused explorations of specific topics
Advanced Apps
Focused explorations of advanced topics 

Sample Lessons
Problem-based lessons that employ Core Math Tools  
Data Sets
Wealth of data sets organized by data type  
How-To Pages
Help, hints and steps to do basic tasks  

Use by Teachers and Students

Core Math Tools can be saved on a computer or USB drive, making it possible to use without Internet access.  Files can be saved and reloaded by students and teachers. Its portability allows easy access for students, teachers and parents outside the classroom. Core Math Tools will automatically check for updates when launched and Internet access is available.

Core Math Tools Conference Sessions 

2013 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium at the AMTE Conference 

  • Core Math Tools and Its Affordances for Teacher Educators and for Prospective Teachers -- Download the session Powerpoint
    Presenters: Christian Hirsch, Pat Hopfensperger, Gary Martin, and Rose Zbiek
    In this symposium, the presenters provide an overview of the features of NCTM's Core Math Tools, together with three perspectives on its use with prospective secondary school mathematics teachers.

2012 NCTM Regional Conference in Chicago 

  • Mathematical Modeling: The Core of the Common Core State Standards 
    Thursday, November 29, 2012: 9:30-10:30 AM -- Download a PDF of the session Powerpoint 
    Lead Speaker: Christian Hirsch 
    As a CCSSM content standard and a standard for mathematical practice, mathematical modeling affords a rich opportunity around which to develop and unify the mathematical content of the high school conceptual categories and related mathematical practices. We will examine several illustrative modeling tasks in terms of teaching and learning.

2012 NCTM Regional Conference in Dallas   

  • Core Math Tools: Supporting Inquiry, Conceptual Understanding, and Problem Solving 
    Thursday, October 11, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM - 
    Lead Speaker: Christian Hirsch
    In this interactive session, we will illustrate features of NCTM's new open source software tools as we make sense of, and solve, problems in context.
  • High School Student Reasoning with Support of Core Math Tools 
    Thursday, October 11, 2012: 2:30-4:00 PM
    Lead Speaker: Henry S. Kepner
    Participants will engage in exemplary lessons designed to explore and reason mathematically with the support of mathematical software tools. We will focus on student reasoning, conjecturing, and justification opportunities using NCTM’s new Core Math Tools, downloadable to any computer. Bring a laptop, load, and reason mathematically.

NSF_logo_small  This website is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant No. DRL-1201917. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.  

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