19 April 1999 Vol. 4, No. 16
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Internet Use by Teachers  About Numbers  Math Library  Dr. Math FAQ: e
INTERNET USE BY TEACHERS
TEACHING, LEARNING, AND COMPUTING (TLC) has issued its
first newsletter report: "Internet Use by Teachers."
This report provides data for a nationally representative
sample of more than 2,000 teachers on how they use the
Internet  or don't  and what distinguishes users from
nonusers. To obtain a copy, download the report in PDF
format from the site:
http://www.crito.uci.edu/TLC/FINDINGS/internetuse/
Purchase a hard copy for $8.00 or the entire series
of twelve TLC reports for $80.00. You may also subscribe
onsite to the TLC newsletter, at $12.00 for 5 issues:
http://www.crito.uci.edu/tlc/html/tlcsubscription.html
"Internet Use by Teachers" is the first in a series of
twelve reports to be produced from an NSF/OERI grant on
Computer Technology and Instructional Reform. For more
details, see: http://www.crito.uci.edu/TLC/.
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Other interesting articles about technology and mathematics
education published in 1998 include:
HIGHER GRADES, LOGGING ON LINKED
Michael Bazeley, San Jose Mercury News Staff Writer
http://www.sjmercury.com/local/education/docs/math093098.htm
"In one of the largest studies of its kind to date,
an education researcher has found that computer use
can improve student math scores  but only when
teachers are properly trained and students are
encouraged to think analytically."
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THE LINK TO HIGHER SCORES
Jeff Archer, Education Week on the Web
http://www.edweek.org/sreports/tc98/ets/etsn.htm
"New research on technology's effectiveness in teaching
math appears to confirm what many educators have
optimistically suspected: Computers can raise student
achievement and even improve a school's climate.
But they have to be placed in the right hands and used
in the right ways, says Harold Wenglinsky, an associate
research scientist at the Princeton, N.J.based
Educational Testing Service who carried out the analysis
for Education Week... Wenglinsky breaks new ground by
analyzing a national database of student test scores,
classroom computer use, and other information, including
school climate."
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For more on Technology in Math Education, see the Forum's
Internet Mathematics Library page, with subcategories for:
 audiovisual/multimedia
 calculators
 computers (models of use, programmed instruction)
 the Web and pedagogy
http://mathforum.org/library/browse/static/ed_topic/tech_ed.html
And visit the Forum's Technology in Math Education page:
http://mathforum.org/mathed/tech.mathed.html
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ABOUT NUMBERS
http://mathforum.org/library/browse/static/topic/number_sense.html
Are you wondering about infinity? Looking for information
on the golden ratio and the Fibonacci numbers? Struggling
with negative numbers, or trying to compute pi? Do you need
to find sites that discuss imaginary/complex numbers, prime
numbers, or rational/irrational numbers?
Browse or search the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics
Library, where you'll find number sites in the following
categories:
 e
 golden ratio/Fibonacci
 imaginary/complex numbers
 infinity
 large numbers
 negative numbers
 pi
 prime numbers
 rational/irrational numbers
Selected sites in each category indicate good places for you
to begin browsing.
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New from the Dr. Math FAQ:
ABOUT e
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.e.html
What is e? Who first used e? How do you find it?
How many digits does it have?
Robert L. "Dr. Rob" Ward has written a new FAQ about e,
the Eulerian Number or Napier's Constant.
Read about the history of e, the base of natural logarithms,
and how it is computed; and see e to 22 decimal places and
more. Find links to problems involving e in the Dr. Math
archives and to selected sites on the Web.
For more sites on e, visit the Forum Math Library's page:
http://mathforum.org/library/browse/static/topic/about_e.html
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