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Gene Klotz

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Internet mathematics resources
Posted: Jan 24, 1994 1:27 PM
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At a workshop last Saturday, Ben Preddy, a local teacher, mentioned that
the educational resources of the Internet are daunting. He asked how
teachers might conveniently tap into these wonderful resources?

I suggested that a good way to start would be by posing questions on
newsgroups (such as geometry.pre-college) about specific resources you're
interested in finding. Also, I'm not sure that at this time there exist
a huge amount of *mathematics* materials (but the Forum's own Annie
Fetter is a member of the task force of the Consortium of School
Networking which is surveying educational resources - I'm sure she'll
report to us at appropriate times.)

It seems to me that a good way to build up mathematics resources is for
teachers to post annotated lists of their own favorites. Additions to
and discussions of these lists can build up into important resources -
and one can archive anything which exists electronically. We'll post
pointers to such discussions in our monthly listing of archived
materials. We'll also have occasional discussions of how to search our
archives and others on the Internet with such wonderful modern tools as
WAIS and gopher.

Ben has just posted his list of favorite geometry manipulatives, with
some interesting questions at the end. Hope others will join in, as
well. (Ben did a great job, and while I don't want to encourage complete
sloppiness on the Forum, do note that one wonderful thing about
newsgroups is that posted items need not be "perfect" or "entirely
original" to be useful and interesting to others, so you can toss in
something without killing yourself.) All teachers have favorite
resources - share a bit and gain a lot!





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