Math Forum Internet News

Volume 7, Number 31

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5 August 2002                                       Vol. 7, No. 31

                  THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

Building Virtual Communities | H.I.P. Pocket Change - U.S. Mint
     Global Climate Change Research Explorer - Exploratorium


  BUILDING VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES: LEARNING AND CHANGE IN CYBERSPACE
         by K. Ann Renninger and Wesley Shumar, Editors

                    ISBN 0-521-78558-8
 http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521785588

  K. Ann Renninger, Professor of Education at Swarthmore
  College, and Wesley Shumar, Assistant Professor of
  Anthropology at Drexel University, are the editors of this
  volume published by Cambridge University Press in the series
  "Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive, and Computational
  Perspectives." Renninger and Shumar have researched The Math
  Forum and other online communities since 1992.

  Building Virtual Communities examines how learning and
  cognitive change are fostered by online communities.
  Contributors to the volume explore this question by drawing
  on their different theoretical backgrounds, methodologies,
  and personal experience with virtual communities. Each chapter
  discusses the different meanings of the terms community,
  learning, and change.

  Case studies are included for further clarification. Together,
  these chapters describe the building out of virtual
  communities in terms that are relevant to theorists,
  researchers, and practitioners. The chapters provide a basis
  for thinking about the dynamics of Internet community building.

  Available at Amazon.com:
  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0521785588/themathforum/

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    HISTORY IN YOUR POCKET (H.I.P.) POCKET CHANGE - U.S. Mint

                 http://www.usmint.gov/kids/

  The History In Your Pocket (H.I.P.) Pocket Change site
  showcases the connection between this country's coins and
  its people. Through games, stories, and other engaging
  activities, the site highlights both the individuals who
  appear on U.S. coinage and the generations of citizens who
  have used pocket change.

    - Games
    - Cartoons
    - Time Machine
    - Coin News
    - Camp Coin

  In addition, the H.I.P. Pocket Change site is designed
  to build an online educational community, Teachers' Network,
  that will help teachers share ways they use coins in the
  classroom.

  http://www.usmint.gov/kids/index.cfm?Filecontents=/kids/teachers/index.cfm

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   GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH EXPLORER - Exploratorium

      http://www.exploratorium.edu/climate/index.html

  Explore scientific data about the atmosphere, the oceans, the
  areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in
  all these domains. Get a sense of how scientists study natural
  phenomena, how researchers gather evidence, test theories, and
  come to conclusions.

  Study the
    - atmosphere
    - hydrosphere
    - cryosphere
    - biosphere
    - global effects

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