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


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 email.
We've put together a series of pages designed to help you make the right choices for your particular needs:
 MATH FOR EMAIL, 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." (K3)
MathMagic is a K12 telecommunications project designed to motivate students to use computer technology while increasing problemsolving strategies and communications skills. Registered pairs of teams work together to solve posted challenges in each of four categories  K3, 46, 79, and 1012. When an agreement has been reached, one solution is posted for every pair.
The program is primarily for K12 teachers and students, but higher education teachers, librarians, technology coordinators, computer teachers, and even homeschoolers 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!
______________________________________________    '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  ______________________________________________
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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