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17 January 2000 Vol. 5, No. 3 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Students' Classroom - NCES | Matrix Reference - Brookes Mathed Research Centers CALCULUS AWARD - ECALCULUS.ORG A teacher may nominate any U.S. junior high school or high school student. Nominations are due by February 29, 2000, and ecalculus.org will award $1000 to the winning student. For further information, see: http://www.ecalculus.org/ or http://math.ucdavis.edu/~calculus/. \|/ WEEA/NECAC ON-LINE COURSE The WEEA Equity Resource Center and New England Comprehensive Assistance Center's on-line course, ENGAGING MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS IN MATH AND SCIENCE, is being offered again beginning February 14. Register by January 24th at http://www.edc.org/WomensEquity/. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- STUDENTS' CLASSROOM - NCES National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/ A site where students and their parents can play and learn about education. Projects include: - Take a Quiz - test yourself on education in the U.S. and around the world - Create your own bar graph or pie chart - What are your Chances? - a dice game about probability - Mascot Matching Game - match the mascot to the university - Word search - look for education and statistics terms - Find Your School - search a database of thousands of public K-12 schools - Print a survey - collect data from your friends - Color pictures online http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/Games.html Also included are a short glossary of words used on the site, and a linked list of reports and other publications used to compile much of the information offered. http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/glossary.html http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/reference.html NCES is the main federal agency for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations: http://nces.ed.gov/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATRIX REFERENCE MANUAL - Mike Brookes Imperial College, London, U.K. http://www.ee.ic.ac.uk/hp/staff/dmb/matrix/intro.html An alphabetical manual, from Abelian group to Zero matrix, that contains reference information about linear algebra and the properties of matrices, divided into: properties, eigenvalues, special properties, relations, decompositions, identities, equations, differentiation, stochastic (statistical) properties, signals, examples, and formal algebra. The notation is based on the MATLAB software package. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATH EDUCATION RESEARCH CENTERS CENTER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHING (CDT) Education Development Center (EDC) http://www.edc.org/LTT/CDT/ Currently focusing on mathematics and science teaching, the Center carries out research and action projects that address the issues involved in teacher change at three interacting levels: 1) teachers' beliefs and knowledge about their subjects and about learning and teaching 2) teachers' classroom practice 3) the complex social system that extends from the school and school district to the society at large Projects include: - Administrators Working for Change - Advancing Reforms in Science Education - Cultivating Improvisational Perception - Developing Mathematical Ideas Network - Mathematics for Tomorrow - Network for Inquiry in Mathematics Education - Support for Students at the Center - Teaching to the Big Ideas - When the Learners' Thinking Takes Center Stage: A Study of Teacher and Classroom Change Abstracts of published papers and order forms are available onsite. \|/ LEARNING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER (LRDC) University of Pittsburgh http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/ A multidisciplinary research center whose mission is to understand and improve learning by children and adults in the organizational settings in which they live and work: schools, museums and other informal learning environments, and workplaces. Fields of research include: - Processes of Learning - Learning in Schools and Museums - Policy Research - Outreach and Implementation - Learning and Technology - Learning and Work \|/ WISCONSIN CENTER FOR EDUCATION RESEARCH (WCER) School of Education, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/ One of the oldest and largest education research centers, providing an environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research. The WCER roster includes nearly two dozen research centers and projects currently investigating topics germane to education. http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/projects/math_science/ \|/ For more, see the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library: Math Education Research/Reform: http://mathforum.org/library/ed_topics/rsch_reform/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pow/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/discussions/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Send comments to the Math Forum Internet Newsletter editors _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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