[Coalition schools have received this via the postal service but we're posting this electronically as a reminder since the deadline approaches quickly. -- steve]
Title of Event: Geometry, the Internet and the Coalition of Essential Schools
Date: July 23-30, 1995
Location: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Short Description: This institute is being co-sponsored by the Geometry Forum, a National Science Foundation funded program at Swarthmore College in PA, and the Coalition of Essential Schools. The Geometry Forum is a computerized network linking "geometers" and classrooms around the world through the power of the Internet. This electronic community enables teachers and students to exchange ideas and resources and to access geometers and math educators nationally.
Participants will become familiar with the resources currently available to math and science teachers through the Internet, as well as develop materials and projects for their own classrooms and students. Participating teachers will receive geometry software and support for linking school computers to the network. Other institute activities will include:
Sharing and developing teaching strategies for rich, constructivist-oriented learning experiences that take advantage of the latest on-line technology and implement the NCTM standards. Creating a resource network of teachers for the exchange of curriculum materials and ideas, programs and files. Linking teachers and students with geometry experts from around the world. Developing special geometry network projects and essential questions.
Who Should Participate: Elementary and secondary math/science teachers from CES schools who teach geometry concepts and skills are eligible to apply. Teams of teachers with a technology coordinator will get preference. The application form can be found below and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal service to the address below. It will also be possible to submit a form via the World Wide Web. Check the Forum web site and look under What's New for an announcement of this and other summer institute applications (http://forum.swarthmore.edu/).
Leaders: Steve Weimar, Annie Fetter, and David Weksler from The Geometry Forum.
Cost: $200 (covers room, board, registration and materials) Sponsored by: The Geometry Forum and the Coalition of Essential Schools
Institute Contact person: Steve Weimar Organization: The Geometry Forum Address: Swarthmore College City: Swarthmore State & Zip: PA, 19081-1397 Telephone: 800-756-7823
Coalition Contact: Ted Hall Coalition of Essential Schools 401-863-3833
------------------------------------------- APPLICATION due Friday, April 28, 1995
Geometry, the Internet and the Coalition of Essential Schools July 23-30, 1995 Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
Names of others from your school applying : (individuals may apply, although preference will be given to teams that include geometry teachers and a technology coordinator or other administrator)
Note: We encourage all those interested to apply. If we are oversubscribed, we will fill the institute based on how applicants answer the following questions:
Do you teach geometry and are you willing to think about teaching mathematics in new ways? Are you applying as a team from your school? Who is on the team? At what stage of Coalition membership is your school? What are your experiences with collaboration? What are your experiences with telecommunications, including the Internet? Do you have (or can you get) a computer and modem at home? Do you have access (preferably in the classroom) to a computer and modem in school?
Please answer all questions on a separate piece of paper. Type your responses.
1. Describe the ways in which you or your team answers the questions above.
2. Why do you want to participate in this institute? What do you hope to learn?
3. Describe the restructuring work youand your schoolhas done in terms of the nine Common Principles, the math curriculum in general and geometry in particular, and technology. Please be specific, and focus on student work and student learning.
Please send your application by April 28, 1995 to:
The Geometry Forum Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA Telephone: 1-800-756-7823 Fax:1-610-328-7824