CASIO ADVOCATE DANICA MCKELLAR DELIVERS KEYNOTE AT THE 2013 NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SUPERVISORS OF MATHEMATICS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
“The Wonder Years” Star Addresses Leaders in Mathematics Education
DOVER, NJ (APRIL 18, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — As a leader and pioneer in the education space, Casio America, Inc. is dedicated to developing ground-breaking programs and technologies that benefit both educators and students. Today, Casio continues to help educators with their daily challenges with the support of Danica McKellar – TV star, New York Times bestselling author and internationally-recognized mathematician – who will deliver a keynote during the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics luncheon at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.
“I really admire how Casio reaches out to teachers to help foster math education and make the classroom experience more effective and rewarding,” said McKellar. “My keynote focuses the importance of making math fun, relevant, and meaningful – in part by engaging students in explorations that challenge and inspire them to go deeper.”
McKellar’s keynote will highlight the methods she has employed in her bestselling math books, as well as how to apply Casio’s technology to improve the experience of math education. She will also touch upon how the new Standards for Mathematical Practice embrace how students learn naturally, which is seen in how kids approach learning a new game or device: they explore, engage, use appropriate tools, and persevere in problem solving naturally.
“Math is seen as ‘too hard’ or ‘intimidating’, and my passion in writing my books has always been to present math as a fun challenge, and help kids enjoy the feeling of being smart by studying math. Exploring math through the projects suggested in Casio’s ‘Fostering Mathematics’ series aligns with those goals,” said McKellar.
“Making math ‘less scary’ for learners and giving them good tools is what Danica delivers in her books and what we, at Casio, are doing too,” said Takero Itonaga, senior general manager of Casio’s Consumer Products Division. “By providing educators a ‘Total Solution,’ we are changing the way teachers approach math – using actual context and real life experiences, to make rich mathematical connections that will change the way learners view math.”
Casio began its partnership with McKellar last year to promote Casio’s PRIZM – the world’s first color, LCD graphing calculator. PRIZM™ includes Casio’s proprietary “Picture Plot” technology, which enables users to perform meaningful mathematical equations on top of real-life images, transforming how technology is used in the classroom.
McKellar studied mathematics and graduated with highest honors from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has been honored in Britain’s esteemed Journal of Physics and for her work in mathematics, most notably for her role as co-author of a ground-breaking mathematical physics theorem called The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem.
In addition to three The New York Times bestselling books on the topic of mathematics, McKellar’s newest title “Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape” hit shelves this fall. “Girls Get Curves” tackles geometry with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, homework tips and tricks, practice problems and real-world examples.
For additional information on Casio’s educator resources and product portfolio, please visit www.CasioEducation.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.CasioUSA.com.
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