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Volume 4, Number 16

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19 April 1999                                  Vol. 4, No. 16


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 non-users. To obtain a copy, download the report in PDF format from the site: 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: "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: \|/ 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 "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." \|/ THE LINK TO HIGHER SCORES Jeff Archer, Education Week on the Web "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." \|/ 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 And visit the Forum's Technology in Math Education page: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- ABOUT NUMBERS 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. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- New from the Dr. Math FAQ: ABOUT e 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: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum Ask Dr. Math Problems of the Week Mathematics Library Teacher2Teacher Discussion Groups Join the Math Forum Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \

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