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DSHS: Business Should Pick Up
Posted:
Nov 11, 1993 4:25 PM


November 12, 1993
The second term begins Monday and I think the action is about to= =20 pick up. Please stay tuned.
During the second term, each student will be asked to write a=20 weekly journal entry containing: what was learned, how it was=20 learned, and any questions. The ideas I believe will be for=20 individual students to slant their writing to particular audiences= =20 i.e. those interested in Sketchpad, those interesting in the learning process, those interested in linking Geometry with personal=20 interests, etc. One question which we will have to address is how= =20 many and whose entries will we post? =20
I am assuming that those of you who will be reading these journals= =20 will choose your thread and begin relationships with a few=20 students. We'll stay flexible at our end and see what makes the= =20 most sense.
There seems to be several possible threads at the moment: 1. Sketchpad=20 2. Student teachers at Harvard's School of Education 3. Staff at EDC 4. Project LITMUS in Georgia 5. Students with students 6. Research into students' interests or concerns and the possible relationships with Geometry=20 7. People available to read journals and post problems
Below I am going to list possible contacts for certain areas. I'm= =20 sure that I am not going to have all the facts correct, that I will= =20 miss people and/or list them inappropriately, etc. More regular= =20 dialogue will clarify these kind of details. Feel free to add or= delete=20 your name from any category. Feel free to add or delete=20 categories. Just feel free.
What I am fairly certain about at this point is that I'm not able= to=20 imagine what I hope will happen between now and the end of the=20 school year  the operative word will most certainly be "chaos".= =20
Geometry Forum Advisors: (Available for Everything)
=80Annie Fetter <annie@forum.swarthmore.edu> Geometry Forum Project Director
=80Steve Weimar <sweimar1@cc.swarthmore.edu> Geometry Forum=20
DoverSherborn Advisor
=80Ritchie Cummings <doversherhs>=20 DoverSherborn Schools, Director of Technology
Sketchpad:
=80Bill Finzer <wff@well.sf.ca.us> Key Curriculum Press Educational Technology Director
=80John Olive <jolive@abel.math.uga.edu> University of Georgia Project LITMUS=20
=80Kenneth Koedinger <kklu+@andrew.cmu.edu> Carnegie Mellon University researcher=20
Students to Students:
=80Ruth Carver <mountsj@tigger.jvnc.net> Mount St. Joseph Academy, Flourtown, PA=20
Student Teachers (Schools of Education):
=80Claryce Evans <evanscl@hugse1.harvard.edu>=20 Harvard School of Education=20
General Resources
=80Michelle Manes <manes@acs.bu.edu>=20 Educational Development Corporation (EDC)
=80Bridget Arvold <arvold@moe.coe.uga.edu> University of Georgia =20
=80Diane Nolan <dnolan@unlinfo.unl.edu> University of NebraskaLincoln graduate student
=80Claire Grodon <cgrodon@bbn.com> Buckingham,Brown, & Nichols teacher
Other Resources
John Conway <conway@and.Princeton.EDU> Princeton University=20
Rick Wicklin <fjw@geom.umn.edu> Geometry Center=20
Brian Harvey <bh@anarres.CS.Berkeley.EDU>=20 University of California, Berkeley =20
Neil Calkin <calkin@math.gatech.edu>=20 Georgia Tech=20
Peter Appelbaum <APPELBAUM@zodiac.rutgers.edu>=20 professor
Dale Pearson <pearson@geom.umn.edu>=20
Francosis de Ferriere <ferriere@gr.osf.org> Grenoble, France engineer
William Littlewood <billl@cs.umb.edu>=20 engineer
Serra Textbook:
=80Don Specht and Francie Ball <dspecht@mwc.vak12ed.edu> Clarke County High School, Berryville, VA=20
Diane Nolan, dnolan@unlinfo.unl.edu University of NebraskaLincoln graduate student
Pam B. Newberry <pnewberr@vdoe386.vak12ed.edu> George Wythe High School, Wytheville, Va.=20
Melissa Dalton <mdalton@vdoe386.vak12ed.edu> Rural Retreat High School, Rural Retreat, VA =20
Sheila King <Sheila.King@f315.n103.z1.fidonet.org> Castle of the Four, Diamond Bar, CA
Bob Reynolds <rreynol@discovery.oar.net> Loveland, OH =20

A few more bits of information:
We will be spending considerable time in the MAC computer lab=20 working with Sketchpad. My hope is that several students will=20 "take off" with this software, write about their experiences and= =20 post both their journals and their sketches. (There is a possibility= =20 of a research project with Key Curriculum Press!) No fewer that= 26=20 students have IBM's or MAC's and would like to work on Sketchpad= =20 at home.
Approximately ten students have already begun a dialogue with=20 Steve Weimar around three problems which he posted about one=20 month ago. This has been very interesting and has begun to=20 change the nature of my interactions with these students. =20
Three other students have begun a more personal dialogue on a=20 regular basis.
I plan to follow a fairly methodical approach for now, i.e. I will= =20 propose an investigation and have students collecting data,=20 formulating conjectures, and solving problems of the variety that= =20 appear in the Serra text. In the near future I hope that many=20 students will gain the confidence and skills to pose their own=20 questions and follow their own agendas. This "streamlike" process= =20 has already begun with several of the students and Steve.=20
Annie Fetter at the Forum will be setting up an account for each= of=20 the four geometry classes. The students will choose a name shortly= =20  I'll let you know what they decide and post a class lists for= each=20 account.
That's all for now except I would like to publicly thanks=20 everyone at the Forum, especially Annie  Ritchie Cummings, the= =20 technology expert at DoverSherborn  and my good friend Steve=20 Weimar. =20
keith
Keith E.Grove <keith@forum.swarthmore.edu> =20 66 Dutcher Street,Hopedale,MA 017471005 DoverSherborn High School,Box 190,Dover,MA 02030 = =20 =20
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November 12, 1993
The second term begins Monday and I think the action is about to pick up. Please stay tuned.
During the second term, each student will be asked to write a weekly journal entry containing: what was learned, how it was learned, and any questions. The ideas I believe will be for individual students to slant their writing to particular audiences  i.e. those interested in Sketchpad, those interesting in the learning process, those interested in linking Geometry with personal interests, etc. One question which we will have to address is how many and whose entries will we post?
I am assuming that those of you who will be reading these journals will choose your thread and begin relationships with a few students. We'll stay flexible at our end and see what makes the most sense.
There seems to be several possible threads at the moment: 1. Sketchpad 2. Student teachers at Harvard's School of Education 3. Staff at EDC 4. Project LITMUS in Georgia 5. Students with students 6. Research into students' interests or concerns and the possible relationships with Geometry 7. People available to read journals and post problems
Below I am going to list possible contacts for certain areas. I'm sure that I am not going to have all the facts correct, that I will miss people and/or list them inappropriately, etc. More regular dialogue will clarify these kind of details. Feel free to add or delete your name from any category. Feel free to add or delete categories. Just feel free.
What I am fairly certain about at this point is that I'm not able to imagine what I hope will happen between now and the end of the school year  the operative word will most certainly be "chaos".
Geometry Forum Advisors: (Available for Everything)
%Annie Fetter <annie@forum.swarthmore.edu> Geometry Forum Project Director
%Steve Weimar <sweimar1@cc.swarthmore.edu> Geometry Forum
DoverSherborn Advisor
%Ritchie Cummings <doversherhs> DoverSherborn Schools, Director of Technology
Sketchpad:
%Bill Finzer <wff@well.sf.ca.us> Key Curriculum Press Educational Technology Director
%John Olive <jolive@abel.math.uga.edu> University of Georgia Project LITMUS
%Kenneth Koedinger <kklu+@andrew.cmu.edu> Carnegie Mellon University researcher
Students to Students:
%Ruth Carver <mountsj@tigger.jvnc.net> Mount St. Joseph Academy, Flourtown, PA
Student Teachers (Schools of Education):
%Claryce Evans <evanscl@hugse1.harvard.edu> Harvard School of Education
General Resources
%Michelle Manes <manes@acs.bu.edu> Educational Development Corporation (EDC)
%Bridget Arvold <arvold@moe.coe.uga.edu> University of Georgia
%Diane Nolan <dnolan@unlinfo.unl.edu> University of NebraskaLincoln graduate student
%Claire Grodon <cgrodon@bbn.com> Buckingham,Brown, & Nichols teacher
Other Resources
John Conway <conway@and.Princeton.EDU> Princeton University
Rick Wicklin <fjw@geom.umn.edu> Geometry Center
Brian Harvey <bh@anarres.CS.Berkeley.EDU> University of California, Berkeley
Neil Calkin <calkin@math.gatech.edu> Georgia Tech
Peter Appelbaum <APPELBAUM@zodiac.rutgers.edu> professor
Dale Pearson <pearson@geom.umn.edu>
Francosis de Ferriere <ferriere@gr.osf.org> Grenoble, France engineer
William Littlewood <billl@cs.umb.edu> engineer
Serra Textbook:
%Don Specht and Francie Ball <dspecht@mwc.vak12ed.edu> Clarke County High School, Berryville, VA
Diane Nolan, dnolan@unlinfo.unl.edu University of NebraskaLincoln graduate student
Pam B. Newberry <pnewberr@vdoe386.vak12ed.edu> George Wythe High School, Wytheville, Va.
Melissa Dalton <mdalton@vdoe386.vak12ed.edu> Rural Retreat High School, Rural Retreat, VA
Sheila King <Sheila.King@f315.n103.z1.fidonet.org> Castle of the Four, Diamond Bar, CA
Bob Reynolds <rreynol@discovery.oar.net> Loveland, OH

A few more bits of information:
We will be spending considerable time in the MAC computer lab working with Sketchpad. My hope is that several students will "take off" with this software, write about their experiences and post both their journals and their sketches. (There is a possibility of a research project with Key Curriculum Press!) No fewer that 26 students have IBM's or MAC's and would like to work on Sketchpad at home.
Approximately ten students have already begun a dialogue with Steve Weimar around three problems which he posted about one month ago. This has been very interesting and has begun to change the nature of my interactions with these students.
Three other students have begun a more personal dialogue on a regular basis.
I plan to follow a fairly methodical approach for now, i.e. I will propose an investigation and have students collecting data, formulating conjectures, and solving problems of the variety that appear in the Serra text. In the near future I hope that many students will gain the confidence and skills to pose their own questions and follow their own agendas. This "streamlike" process has already begun with several of the students and Steve.
Annie Fetter at the Forum will be setting up an account for each of the four geometry classes. The students will choose a name shortly  I'll let you know what they decide and post a class lists for each account.
That's all for now except I would like to publicly thanks everyone at the Forum, especially Annie  Ritchie Cummings, the technology expert at DoverSherborn  and my good friend Steve Weimar.



