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30 June 1997 Vol. 2, No. 26 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Classroom Compass | 1996-97 GeoPOW Awards | Unit Conversion CLASSROOM COMPASS http://www.sedl.org/scimath/compass/ Published three times a year by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, Classroom Compass collects ideas, activities, and resources for teachers interested in improving instruction in science and mathematics. Each issue presents examples of instructional activities that illustrate a theme, supported by excerpts from standards- based publications. Resources accompanying the text include instructional materials, organizations, reading lists, funding opportunities, Web sites, and regional contacts. 1994-97 themes and topics: - Community resources in math/science education - Constructivism in the science and mathematics classroom - Cooperative learning and classroom implementation - Design/technology in the classroom - Science and mathematics for all - Theories and findings from cognitive research - Working for reform, the teacher as facilitator and the focus of the spring 1997 issue, the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS): http://www.sedl.org/scimath/compass/v03n03/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- GEOMETRY PROBLEM OF THE WEEK: AWARDS 1996-97 The end of May marked the end of the school year for the Geometry Problem of the Week. The Forum honors the top 10 schools and top 100 students who participated from September to May: Top schools, each with more than 30 student participants: - Smoky Hill High School, Aurora, Colorado - Newport High School, Bellevue, Washington - Lakeside School, Seattle, Washington Top students, each of whom answered more than 30 questions: - Justin Lam, Sequoia Middle School - Jenny Kaplan, Castilleja School - Thomas Kuo, Burroughs High School Links to the full lists of students and schools will be found at: http://mathforum.org/geopow/199697awards/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CALCULATORS AND UNIT CONVERSIONS Martindale's "Calculators On-line Center" is the most extensive collection we've found of online tools for calculation and conversion. http://www-sci.lib.uci.edu/HSG/RefCalculators2.html The choices are overwhelming: use an abacus or a slide rule online, calculate equivalents for all kinds of measurements, evaluate everything from differential equations to Delaunay triangulations, or try out over 130 statistical calculators \|/ Many online calculators require a java-capable browser. Here's one that doesn't: Entisoft's MEASUREMENT CONVERSION CALCULATOR will perform over 500 different unit conversions for distance, area, volume, mass, speed, temperature, pressure, energy, power, force, etc. http://entisoft.earthlink.net/scripts/unitscgi.exe You'll find it in the Math Reference section of the Dr. Math FAQ: http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- LEADERSHIP PROGRAM IN DISCRETE MATHEMATICS Rutgers University, July 14-25, 1997 A few spaces are still available in the K-8 Leadership Program in Discrete Mathematics, a two-week residential program for elementary and middle school teachers and supervisors. NSF funding pays for room (double occupancy), meals, and stipends. If you are interested, act right away: for further information and application forms, call Bonnie Katz at (732) 445-2825 or check the program's Web site: http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Education/k8/k8_97.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problem of the Week http://mathforum.org/geopow/ Internet Resources http://mathforum.org/~steve/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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