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January 2000: Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics - Eric W. Weisstein and Wolfram Research
A searchable, browseable, comprehensive alphabetical encyclopedia of math terms, equations, and derivations, with explanations, examples, references, and much more. In addition to the alphabetical index, a subject index includes the following categories, each with a number of subcategories: Algebra, Applied Mathematics, Calculus and Analysis, Discrete Mathematics, Foundations of Mathematics, Geometry, History and Terminology, Number Theory, Probability and Statistics, Recreational Mathematics, and Topology. A hardcover version and a CD-ROM are available for purchase.

February 2000: CHANCE - J. Laurie Snell, Mathematics Dept., Dartmouth College
Materials designed to help teach either a "Chance" course or a more standard introductory probability or statistics course. A Chance course is a case study quantitative literacy course designed to make students more informed and critical readers of current news items that use probability and statistics, as reported in daily newspapers. The site includes: Chance News, a monthly newsletter with abstracts of articles from current newspapers and journals, and suggestions for discussion questions for class use, with an archive; video lectures and audio discussions of Chance topics; syllabi of previous Chance courses and articles that have been written about them; a Teacher's Guide and other materials useful for teaching a Chance course; and links to related Internet sources for teaching a probability or statistics course.

March 2000: Dynamical Systems and Technology - Robert L. Devaney; Dept. of Mathematics, Boston University
An NSF-sponsored project designed to help secondary school and college teachers of mathematics bring contemporary topics in mathematics (chaos, fractals, dynamics) into the classroom, and to show them how to use technology effectively in this process. There are several interactive papers available designed to help teachers understand the mathematics behind such topics as iterated function systems (the chaos game) and the Mandelbrot and Julia sets, with some JAVA applets for chaos and fractals. Features of the site include: JAVA Applets for chaos and fractals; an interactive paper describing some of the mathematical ideas behind Tom Stoppard's play, Arcadia; organizational information, and an online Fractal Quiz, from Boston University's Mathematics Field Day; animated gifs and QuickTime movies of simple fractals; and interactive papers on dynamical systems, including The Fractal Geometry of the Mandelbrot Set, and Chaos in the Classroom.

April 2000: Math Awareness Month (MAM) - JPBM, with support from Wolfram Research, Inc.; hosted by the Math Forum
This year's theme is Math Spans All Dimensions. An 'electronic' poster on this theme links to essays and Java applets which allow teachers and students to explore mathematics in all dimensions by investigating the contributions of eleven individuals who use mathematics in various dimensions in their work. Featured essays include: Introducing Dimensions and Scaling and Measurement, by Thomas F. Banchoff; Dimension, by Thomas F. Banchoff; A program for rotating hypercubes induces four-dimensional dementia, by A. K. Dewdney; and The Mathematician as a Child and Children as Mathematicians, by Thomas F. Banchoff.

May 2000: NCTM Standards (Standards 2000) - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics is the updated version of the 1989 Standards. The main feature of the site is the Standards themselves. (The document is also available on CD-Rom, which comes with the book or may be purchased separately.) The full, illustrated text is available online, along with a set of Java illustrations for each chapter. Other features of the site include: information about the process used in the creation of the Standards; information on the different formats available and how to obtain them; previous standards (their full text is available on the web); and related resources.

June 2000: Shodor Education Foundation, Inc.
A non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically through the use of modeling and simulation technologies. Interactive middle school lessons, aligned with curricula, are available through Shodor's Project Interactivate. For interactive models and curricular materials, the Foundation offers its MASTER: Modeling and Simulation Tools for Education Reform resources, such as a galaxy simulation, simulated annealing, biomedical and environmental models, and a simulation of Edgar Allen Poe's "Pit and the Pendulum." Also available are summer and Saturday programs and workshops for kids, including Explorations in Computational Science for Hearing-Impaired Students; professional development opportunities through the Shodor Computational Science Institute; and an online Braille instruction program.

July 2000: The JASON Project
A year-round scientific expedition designed to excite and engage students in science and technology, and to motivate and provide professional development for teachers. The project mounts a two-week scientific expedition each year. The team conducts research on location, and while doing so, makes live, interactive broadcasts to participants. The project's internet component allows teachers and students to exchange their experiences, data, and ideas with each other and with the research team; they may also hold live web chats with the team, and view photos and journals the team has posted. The project provides a rich, interdisciplinary, standards-based curriculum which gives students the opportunity to conduct "field research" mirroring the actual research. Professional development is available through the JASON Project, both in local workshops around the country, and through online course offerings. The workshops emphasize the incorporation of a wide variety of technologies in their classrooms, and hands-on, inquiry-based learning opportunities for students, making teachers into "co-learners."

August 2000: The Franklin Institute Science Museum
The online entry point for the Philadelphia science museum, featuring in-depth multimedia virtual exhibits and explorations, resources for teachers, and guides to the real-life museum and its programs. The website features a large selection of educational resources, including: online multimedia explorations of various scientific topics; Puzzling and Perplexing Problems (a monthly collection of seasonal math puzzlers); Wired@School (web investigations from The Franklin Institute Online Fellows); Minutes from ME (Margaret Ennis provides ideas for teachers who are using the web in their classrooms); and The Spotlights, collections of web resources on a single theme, such as on calendars, time, online projects, and electronic field trips, among many others).

September 2000: Web Units and Lessons - The Math Forum
Multimedia teaching materials from the Math Forum. Created by collaboration between the Forum and educators, these units combine hypertext, interaction, multimedia, and e-learning. A sampling: Magic Squares; Pascal's Triangle; Tangrams; Tessellation Tutorials; Varnelle's Primary Math - Introduction to Geometry; Geoboards in the Classroom; Polyhedra in the Classroom; Secondary Math Units; Exploring Data; Adventures in Statistics; Chameleon Graphing - an introduction to the coordinate plane; Math to Build On - basic math applied to the construction trades; Famous Problems in the History of Mathematics; Geometry Through Art.

October 2000: Animated Math Glossary - Harcourt School Publishers
A glossary of common mathematical terms for first- through eighth-grade. The words and definitions vary according to grade level: the same words defined more abstractly at later levels are defined more concretely at earlier levels. Each entry has an example or illustration, most of which are animated. A "Tables" section at the end of the alphabet gives tables of measurements, units of time, formulas, and symbols, for grades three and up. Check out the "Math Menu," too, for Harcourt Brace's Math Advantage, where you can find Java and Shockwave activities for kids, and resources for parents and teachers.

November 2000: George W. Hart
A playground of polyhedra on the web. Here you'll find: Encyclopedia of Polyhedra, with over 1000 virtual reality 3-dimensional polyhedra to explore, as well as Polyhedra in Art History, Zometool constructions, and making paper models; Pavilion of Polyhedreality, containing ray-traced images and geometry references (books, websites, and software); Hart's newly-available book, Zome Geometry, on using Zome kits in the classroom; a gallery of geometric sculpture; and more. Topics are easy to follow, and you can dig deep if you're interested. And the pictures are always pretty.

December 2000: The Guide to Math & Science Reform - Learner Online; Annenberg/CPB Projects
Interested in education reform? Find reform-based organizations, research projects, and other resources. Browse the over 1500 entries. Search by keyword, reform focus, type of technology involved, funding source, and more. Informative feature articles are available on the topics of assessment, collaboration, educational policy and research, funding, preservice education, professional development, special education, spotlighting education organizations, teaching strategies, and technology. There is also a calendar of upcoming conferences. Part of the rich and extensive Learner.org site.

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