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12 March 2001 Vol. 6, No. 11 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS NCTM Annual Meeting | Math Education in China Discussions - Zhang Educational Java Programs - Bulaevsky NCTM ANNUAL MEETING - MATH FORUM PRESENTATIONS http://mathforum.org/workshops/nctm2001/ Join us at the Math Forum booth (#2002) or attend one of our sessions at the NCTM Annual Meeting: - Understanding Design Elements of Informal Professional Development - Ask-an-Expert: Math Forum Online Advice and Answers for Math and Pedagogy Questions - Building Mathematical Communication with the Math Forum's Problems of the Week, Grades 3-8 - Building Mathematical Communication with the Math Forum's Problems of the Week, Grades 9-12 - The Math Forum: A Portal to Mathematics on the Web for Teachers and Students - Using Online Mentoring to Enhance Problem Solving, Assessment, and Communications Skills of Preservice Teachers \|/ At our booth, we will offer prizes and classroom materials, such as the book "Problems of the Week, Volume I." Details available here: http://mathforum.org/workshops/nctm2001/exhibit.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MATHEMATICS EDUCATION IN CHINA DISCUSSIONS - Dianzhou Zhang Dianzhou Zhang, Professor of Mathematics, East China Normal University, Shanghai, is co-chair of a committee charged with redesigning high school mathematics education in all of China. Professor Zhang sees advantages to the traditional Chinese approach, but also advantages to ideas from Western mathematics education. He is seeking a balance between the two. Professor Zhang will be in this country until May and would like to discuss various questions with mathematicians and mathematics educators from the elementary to the university level. The Math Forum has created a discussion group for his questions as one way of facilitating this. http://mathforum.org/discussions/about/mathchinaquestions.html This discussion group will be a bit different from our normal ones in that 1. it will be active only until the end of May, when Prof. Zhang returns to China and other duties will make it difficult for him to participate, and 2. although it will be readable by everyone, participants must agree to abide by some modest rules. http://mathforum.org/discussions/about/mathchinarules.html -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- EDUCATIONAL JAVA PROGRAMS - Jacobo Bulaevsky http://www.arcytech.org/java/ This site began as a collection of Java applets to be used as tools to help and enhance the education of children at school and at home. Recently, Jacobo has expanded his site to include teacher lesson plans. Pattern Blocks: Exploring Fractions with Shapes Hands-on manipulatives to learn the basic concepts of fractions, addition and subtraction of fractions, and more. http://www.arcytech.org/java/patterns Base 10 Blocks Exploring whole decimal numbers, place value, and even algebra with blocks. http://www.arcytech.org/java/b10blocks Counting the Rice Through this hands-on and role play activity, the students will discover the concept of place value. Using different bases, this activity can be used through middle school. http://www.arcytech.org/java/b10blocks/counting.html Integer Bars (or Cuisenaire Rods) Explore number sense, basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), fractions, algebra, and more ... http://www.arcytech.org/java/integers The Pythagorean Theorem This lesson allows students to figure out the Pythagorean theorem by themselves. http://www.arcytech.org/java/pythagoras Discovering the Value of Pi Explore a special attribute of circles. http://www.arcytech.org/java/pi -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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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