The Math Forum
15 August 1996

Grant Proposal

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I. Vision

The current state of mathematics education is the focus of much attention and often competing concerns. Perhaps equally pressing is a growing interest in integrating telecommunications and other new technologies into the classroom. Taken together these elements present an exciting opportunity for promoting professional growth and enhancing learning environments.

We foresee a time when teachers will have easy access to like-minded peers and a correspondingly rich reservoir of teaching strategies, effective classroom activities, and interesting mathematics. Obstacles in the form of internal politics, funding cuts, and general devaluing of teachers as professionals will no longer stand in the way. Students will find support for mastering fundamental mathematics and pursuing interesting investigations through access to powerful tools, real-world applications, and collaboration with peers and professionals, extending their reach beyond local resources and experience. As these new possibilities open up for individual growth and local development, they will lead to "ground up" support for educational reform. Virtual communities will provide ongoing support for local efforts, and the teams of parents, business leaders, educators, researchers, and students so critical to any significant change effort will be formed.

The challenge that lies before us is to take technologies such as the World Wide Web (WWW) and make these possibilities real. In the midst of the hype about the Internet and the rapid proliferation of image conscious Web pages, the Math Forum has worked hard to prove the claim of educational value and to provide a template for harnessing the possibilities of this new frontier.

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15 August 1996