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Topic: Using the Internet and WWW in the math classroom
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Laura Petersen

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Re: Using the Internet and WWW in the math classroom
Posted: Apr 24, 1995 2:30 PM
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I am in the second semester of teaching a developmental math course (i.e.
a modified Algebra I) over the internet using my own printed materials, a
textbook (Elementary Algebra, Johnson & Steffensen), videos from the
textbook company, presentations designed on Persuasion and then
transferred to video, and teacher-student communication by
e-mail, fax, speaker phone and the occasional snail mail.

The original design of the course required students to meet in
small groups as well as work independently. When the small groups have
achieved interdependence and consistent attendance, this class has been
very successful. When the small groups have not succeeded, only those
students who I think could have taken any independent
study/correspondence course have succeeded. These students are often
reentering college after a considerable absence from school, they are
"non-traditional", working and many have families.

Another professor here has set up a WWW page and is teaching an
innovative college algebra course using Mathematica and a text called
"Earth Algebra". My class will be added to the WWW page in the fall.
We also will have Finite Math on-line this fall and hope to add calculus
soon. We hope to serve not only adults but also high school students in
small rural schools who do not have the opportunity to accelerate into
higher mathematics.

Its a lot of work. Using our format you absolutely must type well, be
able to communicate effectively using e-mail (which means you have to be
able to "push your personality" in your replies to your students) and you
have to come up with ways to establish group interdependence at your
outreach sites.

But it is also exciting because we are opening doors to people in rural
Idaho who had no access to higher education.


Laura Petersen

Division of Natural Sciences PHONE 208-799-2484
Lewis-Clark State College FAX 208-799-2064
500 8th Avenue
Lewiston ID 83501-2698 USA

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