Upcoming Conferences for 2013

I've been getting a lot of questions lately from people about what conferences and events I'll be attending soon. Here is a list of them for 2013 and I'll try to update it if I know I will be attending any other events: Michigan MAA Annual Meeting Friday, May 3 - Saturday, May 4 Sault Ste. Marie, MI TedXGrandRapids Thursday, May 9 Grand Rapids, MI Calculus In Action Saturday, May 18 Warren, MI register at: bit.ly/cia2013 WebAssign User's Group 2013 Thursday, June 27 - Friday, June 28 Raleigh, NC MCTM Conference Wednesday, July 31 - Thursday, August 1 Traverse City, MI Screencast Camp 2013 Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4 Okemos, MI Midwest Institute Monday, August 5 - Friday, May 9 Kalamazoo, MI BloggyCon Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15 Sandusky, OH MichMATYC Fall Conference Friday, October 4 - Saturday, October 5 Farmington Hills, MI A4EOE Conference Friday, October 11 Rochester, MI AMATYC Conference Thursday, October 31 - Sunday, November 3 Anaheim, CA...
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I’m Not a Lazy Teacher!

I recently read a blog post by a student named Justin Strudler that has me really fired up!  In his post he explains that he thinks most students would rather be sick than go to school because they hate it so much; he then implies that many people discredit this attitude as laziness on the students’ part and calls for change in the educational system. I’m not opposed to change at all, but I want to set the record straight on several things: 1.  I have not once cancelled a class because I was ill.  I will go into class and teach my heart out every day because I love my students and I love what I do.  Some may argue that it’s my own fault for not taking a day off to recover if I’m sick.  However, the truth of the matter is that whenever I have taken a day off of school for anything, it has been more work than...
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Free PDF Conversion Online

Recently, I learned about a relatively new website that allows for free PDF Conversion Online, www.pdfconverter.com. You can convert any file to a PDF or you can convert PDF to Word, PDF to Excel, or PDF to PowerPoint. As a math instructor, I have learned to take everything with a grain of salt when it comes to converting a PDF full of equations to a Word Document. However, knowing these tools are all available to me online for free is a big relief in situations when I am working on a computer at my college that doesn’t allow me to download the full-featured PDF Converter tools that I usually use on my home computer. The thing I like best about the free PDF Converter tools is that is very simple and quick. You simply select the file you want to convert, enter your e-mail address, and wait for the converted file to be e-mailed to you. This is a lot more...
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