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 Internet
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.
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, etc.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let us know if you would like to be an active participant or follow closely the work of this institute.
-- steve (email@example.com)
Stephen Weimar Geometry Forum Swarthmore College 500 College Avenue Swarthmore, PA 19081-1397