We would like to invite you and your students to participate in a special pilot program which integrates innovative collaborative uses of technology with motivating and challenging mathematics learning, starting as early as possible in May 2005.
The Virtual Math Teams project at the Math Forum (mathforum.org) is accepting applications to select a group of students from around the country who will collaborate in small groups, and solve non-routine, Algebra and Geometry problems using a chat program and a shared whiteboard. If you are interested, simply reply to this email before April 27th including the information in the pre-application form below. More detailed information about the program is included at the end of this message.
Johann W. Sarmiento Virtual Math Teams The Math Forum @ Drexel University
------ Program Information----------------------------- * When will this happen and how often? We would like to coordinate a total of four 1 hour, weekly sessions starting in May, in order to give students a chance to work with the same students several times and improve their teamwork. We will work with you to try to pick dates and times that work best for your students. The sessions could be during or after school depending on what you determine is best for your students.
* What will my students do? Your students will be teamed with students from other parts of the country and will solve 4 mathematical problems with their peers online. They will collaborate in a safe Internet environment monitored by Math Forum staff to collaborate. For research purposes your students will also need to get a consent form signed.
* How would the students benefit from this experience? We expect this program to offer an exciting opportunity for students to enjoy problem-solving and build mathematical skills in addition to general communication and collaboration skills.
* Which grade level(s) is this appropriate for? Although the teachers selected will get a chance to approve the problems that their students will engage in, the program will work best for students who are ready to solve open-ended problems designed for students in Algebra I or high school Geometry.
* What will teachers need to do? The Math Forum will do all the coordination work but teachers will need to select the students to participate, collect and communicate the dates and times their students are available, and participate in one initial 1-hour chat session prior to the beginning of the project in order to familiarize themselves with the basics of the program. Teachers will also need to make sure that their students participate in the four sessions so that all teams can collaborate and solve the problems.
* What kind of computers and software do students need? Your students will need a computer that is connected to the Internet and that is capable of running Java. We will provide a way for students totest their computers in advance.