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Volume 6, Number 8

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19 February 2001                                Vol. 6, No. 8

                 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

        Mathematics Education Page - Henri Picciotto
 Highline Advanced Math Program | ESCOT Problems of the Week
             DIMACS Connect Institute (DCI '01)


        MATHEMATICS EDUCATION PAGE - Henri Picciotto
               
         http://www.picciotto.org/math-ed/index.html

A resource for math educators, with articles and sample
lessons written by Henri Picciotto, Math Department
chairperson at The Urban School of San Francisco.

Highlights of the site include

  - Presentations: "Zome Geometry" and "Geometry Labs"
  - Publications: links provided to published books and
      articles
  - Algebra: articles and sample lessons
  - Geometry: hands-on lessons, links, activities,
      and articles
  - K-8: "Early Mathematics: A Proposal for New Directions"
  - Manipulatives: sample activities and articles
  - Problems: problems for secondary school students and
      teachers
  - Technology: three graphing calculator activities
  - Trigonometry: hands-on introduction to the trig ratios


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     HIGHLINE ADVANCED MATH PROGRAM - Highline Council PTSA

            http://www.blarg.net/~math/index.html

The Advanced Math Program is a math enrichment program for
students in grades 5, 6 and 7. This program was developed
by parent volunteers, working with educators, in the
Highline School District #401, Seattle, WA. It began with
12 students in 1990 and has grown to include more than 300
students in 15 public and private schools around Puget Sound.
Each school has one or more volunteer coaches (parent or
educator) using the materials provided at this site. The
schedule is specific to the Highline School District, but
serves as a template to deliver these same concepts to any
student in any school, including home-school.

Sections include

  - Lessons: outlines of first and second year curricula,
      with a homework suggestions page
  - Practice quizzes: a variety of review problems, some
      with sample student responses and rubrics to guide
      scoring
  - Links: other math sites
  - About the program: history, objectives, approach, class
      format and an explanation of the Math Olympiad
  - Administration: information for those participating
      locally
  - Gifts and Books: gift ideas and a bookstore

Additional pages include

  Fraction and Decimal Math Pak
    http://www.blarg.net/~math/FDMENU.HTM

  Math Quizzer
    http://www.blarg.net/~math/subject1.html

  Math Definitions
    http://www.blarg.net/~math/deflist.html

  Units Conversion
    http://www.blarg.net/~math/units.html


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           EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE COMPONENTS OF TOMORROW
                      PROBLEMS OF THE WEEK

               http://mathforum.org/escotpow/

ESCOT (Educational Software Components of Tomorrow) is an
NSF-funded research grant to develop interactive Java applets
to help middle school learners understand typically difficult
math concepts, for example, fractions or probability. These
applets can also be used for exploration outside of the
Problem of the Week environment.

                  ESCOT TEACHER SUPPORT PAGES

           http://mathforum.org/escot/teacher.html

Each ESCOT Problem of the Week has an accompanying Teacher
Support page that provides:

  - NCTM Standards links
  - Possible pre-activities
  - Possible post-activities
  - Lessons online
  - Relevant Ask Dr. Math archives
  - Vocabulary definitions
  - Other resources on the Web


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               DIMACS CONNECT INSTITUTE (DCI '01)
           RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR TEACHERS PROGRAM
          Rutgers University, July 9 - August 3, 2001

  This program for mathematics and computer science high school
  teachers, sponsored by the National Science Foundation,
  concentrates on an area of Discrete Mathematics that is
  relevant to today's world. The theme of the program will be
  "Graph Theory and its Applications to Problems of Society."

  Applicants who are selected will have food and lodging
  provided; limited travel scholarships will be available. 
  All participants will receive a stipend along with six graduate
  credits in mathematics education from Rutgers University.
 
  If you are interested, act right away: the deadline for
  applications is March 1, 2001. For further information and
  application forms, call Christine Spassione at (732) 445-4304,
  send e-mail to spassion@dimacs.rutgers.edu or check the
  program's Web site:
 
              http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/dci/2001/


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