2 August 1999 Vol. 4, No. 31
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Patterns in Mathematics  Annenberg/CPB  LETSNet  Cybernetics/Systems Theory
PATTERNS IN MATHEMATICS  Annenberg Teachers' Lab
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/
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.
http://www.learner.org/teacherslab/math/patterns/
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LETSNET SCHOOL
http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/letsnet/
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 (K12)
 Fat Counting (16)
 Destination: Anywhere (46)
 Fact Checking the News (712)
 What's for Dinner? (68)
ACTIVITIES:
 Food Pyramid (16)
 Bon Voyage (712)
You may view by big ideas, by teacher, or by subject. For
math, see:
http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/letsnet/frames/subjects/math/
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CYBERNETICS AND SYSTEMS THEORY
F. Heylighen; Principia Cybernetica Web
http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/CYBSYSTH.html
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:
http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/ASC/INDEXASC.html
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.
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