Math Forum Internet News

Volume 10, Number 17

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April 25 2005                                   Vol. 10, No. 17

             THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL INTERNET NEWS

            iPod Photo Contest Winner - Paul Davis
   Technology-Supported Mathematics Learning Environments
Culturally Situated Design Tools: Teaching Math Through Culture


                  IPOD PHOTO CONTEST WINNER

  Congratulations to Paul Davis, LaSalle High School, Pasadena,
  California, the winner of the Math Forum @ Drexel's iPod
  photo drawing. Thank you to all of the participants who
  entered our contest at the NCTM Annual Meeting in Anaheim,
  and also to the PoW Subscribers who responded to our online
  survey.

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             MATH FORUM PRESENTATIONS AT NCTM 2005

            http://mathforum.org/workshops/nctm2005/

  Missed a Math Forum session at NCTM? Want a refresher of a
  workshop you attended? Get outlines and resources from our
  index of NCTM 2005 sessions.

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                     NCTM 2005 YEARBOOK
    TECHNOLOGY-SUPPORTED MATHEMATICS LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

       http://my.nctm.org/store/ecat/product.asp?ID=12850

  The sixty-seventh yearbook, edited by William J. Masalski and
  published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
  was recently unveiled at NCTM's Annual Meeting in Anaheim.

  The publication reports on overviews of research and findings
  on the impact of technology. The term technology, as used in
  this yearbook, refers to all forms of electronic devices,
  including computers, calculators and other handheld
  devices, telecommunications equipment, multimedia hardware,
  and the software applications associated with technology use.

  Parts of the book include:

    - Part 1: How Research Informs (articles 1-8) reports on
        overviews of research and findings on the impact of
        technology on the learning and teaching of
        mathematics, K-16.

    - Part 2: Notes from the Field (articles 9-22) are
        intended to furnish a rich context in which to
        observe teachers in prekindergarten through grade 12
        and teacher educators using technology to help their
        students better understand mathematics.

    - Part 3: Questions about the Future (article 23), gives
        a glimpse of what the future might hold.

  Math Forum staffer and Newsletter editor Suzanne Alejandre
  served on the Editorial Panel for the yearbook and is one
  of the featured authors. See:

        Part 2: Notes from the Field, pages 137 - 150
      "The Reality of Using Technology in the Classroom"

  In a separate article, Enrique Galindo describes the Math
  Forum as "a great starting point for information about
  mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet":

        Part 2: Notes from the Field, pages 241 - 262
 "Mathematics Teaching and Learning Supported by the Internet"

  An accompanying CD includes electronic features that enhance
  an understanding of the articles presented in the printed
  yearbook. In particular the two articles featured above can
  be viewed with accessible hyperlinks on the CD version.

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CULTURALLY SITUATED DESIGN TOOLS: TEACHING MATH THROUGH CULTURE

            http://www.rpi.edu/~eglash/csdt.html

  This site developed by Ron Eglash at the Rensselaer
  Polytechnic Institute offers tools to help teach and learn
  about the mathematics evident in diverse cultures.

    - African
    - African-American
    - Youth Subculture
    - Native American
    - Latino

  Java applets simulate the mathematics embedded in the virtual
  bead loom and in 2D and 3D pyramid building. Color
  photographs and background information on both the featured
  culture and the mathematics accompany the activities. Lesson
  plans, evaluation tools, and other teacher materials are also
  offered.
  
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