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Topic: Be an online Geometry & Internet participant!
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Steve Weimar

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Be an online Geometry & Internet participant!
Posted: Jul 6, 1995 8:09 AM
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We would like to have a significat online component to our materials
development institute this summer. "Constructing Geometry on the Internet"
is aimed at math
educators who are experienced in using the Internet, and begins this
weekend (July 8-15).

There are at least two ways in which we will keep online participants
informed. We will post a summary for each special session in which a
specific piece of software or aspect of the Internet is being introduced.
Early in the week we will bring everyone up to speed on the Macintosh
environment that we're using here and the basics of html. We will also
explore several geometry software packages which can lead to valuable
resources to be shared over the Internet, including Sketchpad 3.0 and
HyperGami. Swarthmore's own Don Shimamoto will teach us a special topic or
two in geometry. Then we will move into some of the more advanced features
of html including imagemaps and forms.

In this same period of the week, onsite participants will be exploring and
designing projects that take advantage of the capabilties of the World Wide
Web for mathematics education. Early in the week we will look at existing
models of web-based math resources and activities as well as some
prototypes for future projects. We will share these investigations and
conversations with our online participants AND

***** we hope that some of you will choose to work on these projects with
us; at the very least, critique and edit our efforts. *****

Some of the ideas which are already in the air:

1) Resource centers for mathematics across the curriculum - coordinating
and collecting Internet resources that would facilitate teaching math in
many different subject areas and applications.

2) Projects that link math classes through the Internet.

3) Student discussion formats and chat environments.

4) Special topics areas presenting resources, activities, and online
conversations for those hard-to-teach concepts or the extension and
enrichment of the core curriculum.

5) An online curriculum that parallels the standard geometry course and
offers supplemental lessons, teaching strategies, and investigations for
each topic as collected from mathematics educators and archives on the

6) Facilitated or primed online conversations in the geometry
newsgroups/nctm mailing list through guest speakers or the use of feature
articles focusing one at a time on key issues raised by the NCTM Standards.

7) Models of online student research projects.

8) Prototypes of online performance- and portfolio-based assessment.

9) Create a parallel organization of the Forum's Internet Resource
Collection ( by grade level and
mathematics topics.

10) Further develop or create more interactive student programs and puzzle
resources such as MathMagic, the Forum's Problem of the Week, Ask Dr. Math,

11) A "Best of the Internet" collection along with descriptions of how
people have incorporated these into their classes.

12) Articles on What's new in Geometry and Mathematics written for the
continuing education of all of us and at a level which is accessible to
most of the Forum's participants. In other words, a continuation or
revised version of the sort of articles which have been written by Forum
correspondents Evelyn Saunders and Bob Hesse at the Geometry Center over
the last two years.

You can write to all of us at:

Please let us know if you would like to be an active participant or follow
closely the work of this institute.

-- steve (

Stephen Weimar
Geometry Forum
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1397

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