>One of the goals of the Institute was to see how this communication >would develop with the working groups and the idea of using >newsgroups >was the way we were trying to initiate the communication. I am not >sure how many of the working groups' participants were able to work >with this concept. If you subcribe to the newsgroup it can be >overwhelming. If you only look for postings with the Middle School >subject you do miss a few thoughts here and there - I know there >are some postings that do not have those subjects and therefore you >might have missed them. When I say this, too, it might be that others >were not responding because it was a lot to filter and sift through >to find an appropriate place to respond...Suzanne
Hi, Suzanne. You're right about it being overwhelming (i.e. lots of work). I've been in a Workshop daily from 8-4 then online reading, digesting, filing, responding, etc. to the posts another 3-4 hours daily with this Institute (and 1-2 preparing presentations coming up later this month via email).
And my output surely doesn't reflect the amount of hours it's taken. And I am not pleased with the lack of quality in much of my work here due to lack of reflection time, time to develop and idea then frame how I'll communicate the idea, etc.
I discovered the first evening I needed to read ALL the posts to get any flavor of what was going on at the Institute.
It's been a fantastic experience, though. And I certainly hope more experiences like this become available in the future. I have met incredibly talented people, made "friendships" I'll enjoy in the coming year as we continue to correspond via email. MathWorlds is a gem. I'm going to get CU SeeMe up and running soon (and now feel there are folks I can ask for support concerning this).
And I *know* the Internet will have *good* activities/resources as I continue to integrate working on the WWW in my math courses -- and I haven't been a slouch in this area. I have good ideas/activities to explore, develop as teaching tools, etc.