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Sarah Seastone

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Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News, No. 4
Posted: Oct 27, 1996 9:31 AM
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28 October 1996 Vol.1, No.4

Typing Math | MathMagic! | Alternative Assessment

THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/


TYPING MATH FOR THE INTERNET

- How do I send an equation with an exponent to Dr. Math?
- Why do my ASCII drawings get scrambled on the way to
the Geometry Problem of the Week?
- What's wrong with typing 1/2x ?

Answers to these questions and many more will be found at

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/typesetting/

It's not all that easy to write math for the Internet.
There's no standard method for representing math
notation on the Web, and there are even fewer ways of
communicating about math via e-mail.

We've put together a series of pages designed to help
you make the right choices for your particular needs:


- MATH FOR E-MAIL, NEWSGROUPS, WEB FORMS

ASCII Notation: 4 squared - 4^2
square root of 4 - sqrt(4)


ASCII Pictures: Not this... This!

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http://forum.swarthmore.edu/typesetting/email.html
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/typesetting/ascii.examples.html
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/typesetting/ascii.pictures.html


- MATH NOTATION IN WEB PAGES: Making math expressions into
images, working with HTML code, other proposed solutions:

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/typesetting/web.choices.html

Stay tuned - many people are working on ways to make
mathematical notation easier to display on the Web!


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FEATURED INTERNET RESOURCE: MATHMAGIC!

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/mathmagic/

"Tina has 3 shirts, red, blue, and yellow, and
2 skirts, black and white. Each day she wears a
different shirt with a different skirt. How many
days can she do this before she has to repeat?
Draw a tree." (K-3)

MathMagic is a K-12 telecommunications project designed
to motivate students to use computer technology while
increasing problem-solving strategies and communications
skills. Registered pairs of teams work together to solve
posted challenges in each of four categories - K-3, 4-6,
7-9, and 10-12. When an agreement has been reached, one
solution is posted for every pair.

The program is primarily for K-12 teachers and students,
but higher education teachers, librarians, technology
coordinators, computer teachers, and even home-schoolers
are joining to act as facilitators.

Any teacher with access to electronic mail via the Internet
can participate. The Math Forum hosts the MathMagic Web
site; find out how to register and subscribe at

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/mathmagic/subscribe.html


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FROM THE EMAILBAG - AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT

My high school is working on writing an authentic
assessment for each math course we offer. Can you
help us find Internet materials? Thanks!

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| 'You can't fatten a hog by weighing it.' |
| So said a farmer to a governor at a |
| public hearing in order to explain in |
| plain language the dilemma of educational |
| assessment. |
| - From "Measuring What Counts" |
| http://www.nas.edu/mseb/measure/exe.html |
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The Math Forum's MATH EDUCATION section features a
page on alternative assessment with links to the NCTM
Standards, sessions on assessment at the San Diego
and Orlando math meetings, and a bibliography of
Selected Books and Articles, many of them on the Web:

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/mathed/assessment.html

Look for more pages by searching our site for ASSESSMENT:

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/grepform.html

You'll find a Forum bibliography of materials on
alternative instruction and alternative, performance-
based assessment at

http://forum.swarthmore.edu/~sarah/Discussion.Sessions/biblio.assessment.html


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