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Math Forum Internet News: Vol.1, No.3
Posted:
Oct 20, 1996 3:45 PM


21 October 1996 Vol.1, No.3
Magic Squares & Stars = Cooperative Learning = Math Software
THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS
http://forum.swarthmore.edu
NEW ON OUR SITE: MAGIC STARS!
In summer 1996 the Math Forum began featuring a group of Web pages on MAGIC SQUARES by Forum Teacher Associate Suzanne Alejandre. Initially designed as a series of lesson plans for middle and highschoolers, the area soon attracted the attention of others who share this interest, and has expanded into higher math with contributions from Allan Adler ("Where's the Math?") and Neil Abrahams ("The Franklin Square"). You can find out what magic squares are and how to make them yourself at:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/alejandre/magic.square.html
This week we add Prof. Mutsumi Suzuki's pages on MAGIC STARS  what they are, and what transformations and rotations can be applied to make more of these interesting and littleknown math puzzles.
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/alejandre/magic.star/
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HOW CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON 'COOPERATIVE LEARNING'?
Do you sometimes have trouble finding what you want on the Web?
For issues related to math and education, we suggest you start with the Math Forum searcher, found in the bottom menu bar of almost any page on our site:
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/grepform.html
Try entering the words COOPERATIVE LEARNING in the keyword space, select the radio button for 'that exact phrase', and submit your search.
You'll find handson cooperative math learning activities, discussions of pedagogical approaches, a unit for cooperative learning across the K5 integrated curriculum, excerpts and abstracts of presentations given at the joint math meetings in Orlando in January and the NCTM meetings in San Diego in April, and a discussion from our newsgroup archives.
(You may also notice as you browse that other good keywords to use in searching for information on this subject might be GROUP LEARNING and CONSTRUCTIVISM.)
But don't stop there  from the bottom of the page of items returned by your initial search, you can now send the same or modified keywords to another searcher simply by selecting one of the following links:
Math: Eisenhower Clearinghouse  Math Archives  MathSearch General: AltaVista  MetaCrawler  Yahoo  DejaNews If it's math, let us help you find it on the Internet!
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FROM THE EMAILBAG: FINDING MATH SOFTWARE
I desperately need to find a program for ALGEBRA II or higher for the MAC. Can you help me locate one?
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Your best bet for finding software is to look at one or more of the following sites:
UTK Math Archives: A collection of software, abstracts and reviews focused on indexing what's on the Internet. http://archives.math.utk.edu/software.html
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) Resource Finder A searchable catalog of curriculum resources particularly useful for print resources and multimedia. http://enc.org/rf.htm
HyperArchive (InfoMac) Downloadable science and math shareware sorted by name or by date, with direct links to the source. http://hyperarchive.lcs.mit.edu/HyperArchive/Abstracts/ sci/HyperArchive.html
K12 Mathematics Lessons and Software Database Lessons in mathematics all of which must use the Internet in some way, and programs related to teaching mathematics. http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/mathed/queryform.html
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Or consult these specific programs and companies:
Key Curriculum Press SimCalc http://www.keypress.com/ http://tango.mth.umassd.edu
MathSoft Mathematica http://www.mathsoft.com/ http://www.wri.com/
Hope this helps  good luck!
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