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8 December 2003 Vol. 8, No. 49 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS Teaching Math | Descartes 3 | Making Tracks Towards Area TEACHING MATH - Annenberg/CPB Channel http://www.learner.org On January 1, 2004, the Annenberg/CPB Channel presents four self-directed mathematics courses for teachers, staff developers, and teacher educators. The courses are free, and available only online. The courses provide pre-service and in-service teachers an overview and exploration of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Process Standards at each of the four NCTM grade bands: Teaching Math, Grades K-2 http://www.learner.org/resources/series188.html Teaching Math, Grades 3-5 http://www.learner.org/resources/series189.html Teaching Math, Grades 6-8 http://www.learner.org/resources/series190.html Teaching Math, Grades 9-12 http://www.learner.org/resources/series191.html Register for "Teaching Math" or any of their workshops and courses at no cost by calling 1-800-LEARNER, or sign up at http://www.learner.org/channel/workshops/register_info.html The "Teaching Math" programs require a broadband connection to the Internet (anything faster than a dial-up modem). Optional graduate credit for most workshops and courses is also available from Colorado State University, which offers participants two graduate credits for completing the "Teaching Math" programs. The Annenberg/CPB Channel is produced by Annenberg/CPB with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- DESCARTES 3 - ENGLISH TEACHING UNITS http://descartes.cnice.mecd.es/ingles/indice_ud.php Descartes is a work tool for math teachers who want to create interactive lessons in Web page format. Use it to make your own interactive educational applets, or download any of more than 60 applets ranging from "representing numbers on a straight line" to "tables and algebraic terms," from "geometry and a game of billiards" to "applications of the derivative." The Spanish language supporting site offers: - Teaching Units An electronic mathematics book for secondary school students, organized according to the school year - Applications Pages developed by teachers for Descartes, organized according to subject area - Miscellany A selection of tools made with Descartes ready for immediate use in the classroom - Experiences Lesson plans that show how other teachers have put Descartes into practice in the classroom http://descartes.cnice.mecd.es/ Download the applet as well as accompanying teaching units and applications, or request the CD-ROM. The Descartes Project is sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- MAKING TRACKS TOWARDS AREA http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0311000/ Chris, Jessie, Avie, Paul, and Luke, students from South Decatur Junior - Senior High School, are the winners of the ThinkQuest USA 2003 contest for the state of Indiana. Their site presents information about finding the area of: - Circles - Triangles - Squares/Rectangles - Other Polygons After exploring those pages, students can test their knowledge by selecting the link for Quizzes. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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/ Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ 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 Donations http://deptapp.drexel.edu/ia/GOL/giftsonline1_MF.asp Ask Dr. Math Books http://mathforum.org/pubs/dr.mathbooks.html _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ |

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