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2 August 1999                                      Vol. 4, No. 31


Patterns in Mathematics - Annenberg/CPB | LETSNet |
Cybernetics/Systems Theory PATTERNS IN MATHEMATICS - Annenberg Teachers' Lab The Annenberg Teachers' Lab offers a place to experiment with new ideas for teaching and learning and to find activities for the classroom. The site features labs based on professional development series and workshops broadcast on the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project Channel. Each lab combines online activities with background information and interactive polls or worksheets for use in classrooms, with links to related Web sites. New labs are added in June, September, and January. The current lab, PATTERNS IN MATHEMATICS, explores patterns as they occur in logic, numbers, and words. It focuses on how to develop "function sense" without simply asking for the next number in the pattern, connecting language and mathematics through visual and written forms of expressions and developing skills for thinking clearly, strategically, critically, and creatively. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- LETSNET SCHOOL The Learning Exchange for Teachers and Students through InterNet, from the College of Education at Michigan State University, offers a collection of interdisciplinary lesson plans, with math units, activities and resources including: UNITS: - Earth Day Trash Survey (K-12) - Fat Counting (1-6) - Destination: Anywhere (4-6) - Fact Checking the News (7-12) - What's for Dinner? (6-8) ACTIVITIES: - Food Pyramid (1-6) - Bon Voyage (7-12) You may view by big ideas, by teacher, or by subject. For math, see: -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CYBERNETICS AND SYSTEMS THEORY F. Heylighen; Principia Cybernetica Web General background material on the field of Cybernetics and Systems Science (also called Systems Theory or Systems Research). This academic domain touches virtually all traditional disciplines, from mathematics, technology, and biology to philosophy and the social sciences, and is more specifically related to the recently developing "sciences of complexity," including AI, neural networks, dynamical systems, chaos, and complex adaptive systems. For definitions of terms, see the WEB DICTIONARY OF CYBERNETICS AND SYSTEMS: Also provided are references for books, papers, classic publications on complex, evolving systems, collections and overviews, journals, societies, mailing lists and newsgroups, and Web links. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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