29 November 1999 Vol. 4, No. 48
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
Laptop Learning Challenge  Block Scheduling, Tracking  American Mathematical Monthly
LAPTOP LEARNING CHALLENGE (LLC)  Toshiba/NSTA
http://www.nsta.org/programs/laptop/
A challenge that rewarded twenty K12 educators for their
innovative uses of laptop computers.
The lessons have science, mathematics, and technology
components and take place in the classroom, in the field,
or in informal science institutions. There are five lessons
in each of four categories: Elementary, Middle, and High
School levels, and Informal Science (grades K12). They
are designed to be useful for teachers planning a science
or math activity, for preservice preparation, and for
inservice professional development.
Abstracts and downloadable PDF files are provided for the
twenty exemplary lessons. Browse them by subject or level:
http://www.nsta.org/programs/laptop/lessons/subject.htm
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BLOCK SCHEDULING, TRACKING/ABILITY GROUPING  Math Forum
Questions about how best to organize classrooms continue to
engage educators and parents, and discussions pro and con
appear regularly on the Web.
The Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library provides pages
of links to sites with information about Block Scheduling
and Tracking/Ability Grouping. Elsewhere within our
Mathematics Education area, selected sites from each are
offered as shortcuts to help you find the information most
relevant to your needs.
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 BLOCK SCHEDULING  Math Library
http://mathforum.org/library/ed_topics/block_sched/
Alternative or Block Scheduling: Selections
http://mathforum.org/mathed/block.schedules.html
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 TRACKING/ABILITY GROUPING  Math Library
http://mathforum.org/library/ed_topics/tracking/
Grouping and Tracking Students in Math Classes: Selections
http://mathforum.org/mathed/math.grouping.html
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For discussions of issues like these and others of interest,
search the math discussion groups archived by the Forum.
http://mathforum.org/discussions/
Select the link to "Search All Epigone Discussions" and
enter keywords such as tracking, ability grouping, or block
scheduling.
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THE AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL MONTHLY  MAA Online
The Mathematical Association of America
http://www.maa.org/pubs/monthly.html
The Monthly publishes articles, notes, and other features
about mathematics and the profession. Its readers include
professional mathematicians as well as students of
mathematics at all collegiate levels.
Authors are invited to submit articles and notes that bring
interesting mathematical ideas to a wide audience. Summaries
of articles from January, 1997 to the present are onsite,
an archive of 1997 issues is available, and the full text
of volumes 1100 can be searched and browsed at JSTOR:
http://www.jstor.org/jstor/
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