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Topic: Tuesday at the ToolFest
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Stephen Weimar

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Tuesday at the ToolFest
Posted: Jun 14, 2005 8:06 AM
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Great day yesterday! Good day coming up. First a little about today and then more about yesterday. Don will be sharing his concept of "Top N Tools Lists". There's so much out there, where does one start? If folks share their favorite tools for a particular subject, we can start to build up an area with these lists and users with similar needs and judgement can learn from each other. Presumably Don will start us off with a new posting in MathTools and we can follow-up posting our own lists, titled by the topic or focus for the list.

This afternoon, at 2 PM Eastern, Terry Coes will be leading a video and phone conference on teaching with technology. Write annie at mathforum.org if you need to make arrangements to join.

See Jeff's question of the day to discuss obstacles we run into (and maybe ways to overcome them) when we try to use online tools and other math software in the classroom.

http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?context=all&do=m&thread=_____g-67

Yesterday has enough momentum for a week!

Lots of good discussion spinning out. How to get colleagues to learn about and use the online tools. Jeff's question of the day generated some nice points about use of Smartboards and helping students at home where they might not have the bigger commercial stuff installed.

We should keep an eye on the discussion about how to effectively engage colleagues in using Math Tools and think about sharing some of that in MathTools itself.

A lot of us had fun (and some frustration) learning to use Cabri 3d. It can be a little slow on older machines but it is possible to construct complex objects and pursue conjectures that would be very difficult to do otherwise.

We also learned ConcertChat, where we had our online discussion. It has a shared whiteboard, group chat, and the ability to reference your comments to objects on the board or to other comments. This helps keep track of who is discussing what. ConcertChat also enables one to replay the whiteboard activity using the left scrollbar. Check it out:

http://home.old.mathforum.org/concertChat/webstart.jsp?channelID=Tool%20Fest

It's not too late to play and learn. See the links on the page for Jon's presentation yesterday: http://mathforum.org/workshops/toolfest05/cabri.html . There's a followup discussion that we can still contribute to on Math Tools: http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?context=all&do=m&thread=___disc_19155_g-1 .



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