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help w/modellinganimal population project
Posted:
Jun 14, 1996 1:48 AM


We invite you to become part of an online working group associated with the Math Forum's resource development institute, scheduled for July 1419 at Swarthmore College. This conference is an invitational program for pioneering K12 mathematics teachers who are experienced in telecomunications and the use of computers in the classroom. A group of 13 participants will be working onsite with the latest tools, developing resources and projects that will enhance the usefulness and accessibility of the Internet for math education. You will be able to read more about the institute and the participants at .
One likely project is involves "Modelling and Statistical Analysis of Animal Populations". Peter Moulds <mailto:pmoulds@bggs.qld.edu.au> will be working onsite on this project. He sketched the following ideas in his application:
"Aims for Students
1. Understand how mathematical models can be used to represent a situation. 2. Be able to form a mathematical model of a life related situation. 3. Derive and interpret results from consideration of a mathematical model. 4. Explore strengths and weaknesses of a mathematical model. 5. Develop a set of procedures to be used in approaching modelling problems. 6. Develop a range of statistical concepts. 7. Use a range of problem solving skills. 8. Enhance the communication skills of mathematics results in a variety of forms. 9. Develop logical arguments expressed in everyday language, mathematical language and a combination of both to support conclusions. 10. Motivate students in the use of computer technology. 11. Development of multidisciplinary links between Mathematics, Geography, History and Science.
"Aims for Teachers
1. Assist in the incorporation of technology into mathematics curricula. 2. Assist in the transformation of mathematics curricula into a more contextual basis. 3. Development of links between teachers and schools.
"Method Throughout Australia there is a great deal of research and debate regarding different species of animals and in particular human society's impact on these animal populations. For example, The Great Barrier Marine Park Authority in conjunction with the University of Queensland are completing a number of studies regarding the Crown of Thorns starfish and the effect they are having on the Great Barrier Reef; James Cook University in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife service have been studying Green and Loggerhead Turtle Populations ( a study in which some of my Year 11 Mathematics student will be participating in in January); and the C.S.I.R.O. are studying a number of case studies looking at Koala populations.
"The steps in this project would include: 1. Use of video conferencing using CuSeeMe on the internet establishing links between schools with students from elsewhere in the world being able to discuss with students from Australia some of the problems involving different animal populations  e.g. Deaths of Turtles in Prawn Netting, Koala Populations and enclosed Habitats. 2. Through links with various institutions collection of a variety of data. 3. From the data, development of a mathematical model of the animals habitat and interpretation of the results obtained from this model. 4. Use of video conferencing between students to discuss findings and conclusions of their mathematical models. 5. From the results create sheets to answer particular questions and create an interactive tour of Australia's Animals using the frames capability of Netscape2. 6. Development of a discussion group for teachers involved to exchange ideas, observations and suggestions. 7. Make available successes and failures of the program. 8. Encourage modelling of other situations from other countries."
If you would like to be involved in this effort please send a note to Peter and to me, Annie Fetter <mailto:annie@forum.swarthmore.edu>. In your note you should indicate the level of your access to the Internet during the week of the institute (July 1419), the resources, expertise, and energy you bring to this project, and your possibilities for being involved after the institute. We will also be talking online before the 14th, so availability earlier would be a plus.
Look for institute activity on the geometry.institutes newsgroup later in July (see for information on accessing this newsgroup).
Annie  Annie Fetter  The Math Forum  Voice: 610 3288225 Student Project Coordinator  Swarthmore College  800 7567823 annie@forum.swarthmore.edu  Swarthmore PA 19081  Fax: 610 3287824 http://forum.swarthmore.edu/



