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April 1996 Hot Spot: TEAMS Distance Learning for K12 Educators
A service of the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Offers information about TEAMS plus a wealth of other education resources. Classroom projects; conferences & events; resources for math, science, social sciences, language arts, art and more; lesson plans; K-12 school home pages; libraries; professional development; parent resources; Internet search tools; Internet support.

May 1996 Hot Spot: The Mathematics Archives
Goals: to provide organized Internet access to a wide variety of mathematical resources, with an emphasis on teaching materials. Currently the Archives are particularly strong in its collection of educational software and links to other sites of interest to mathematicians. These links provide access to electronic journals, preprint services, grant information, and publishers of mathematical software, texts, and journals. In addition, they currently provide a number of services to the mathematics community: we are home to Emerging Scholars Program, Electronic Proceedings of the ICTCM, abstracts of various MAA sessions, Project NEXT and the UTK Mathematical Life Sciences Archives, mirroring of several math packages and newsgroup (listservers) support for several groups. The Mathematics Archives strive to be a comprehensive site for mathematics on the Internet.

June 1996 Hot Spot: Eric's Treasure Trove of Mathematics
Comprehensive alphabetical on-line encyclopedia of math terms, equations, and derivations. Organized alphabetically, these cross-referenced factoids come fully equipped with explanations, examples, references and much much more. Everything from the abc Conjecture to Zsigmondy Theorem.

July/August 1996 Hot Spot: Lesson Plans - the Education Station
Over 2000 K12 lesson plans, by subject. Searchable, or choose from: Agriculture, American History, Anatomy, Art, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Culture, Earth Science, Economics, Energy, English, Environmental Science, Foreign Language, Geography, Geology, Health, History, Home Economics, Language Arts, Law, Life Science, Literature, Math, Meteorology, Miscellaneous, Multi-Subject, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Science, Social Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Writing, Other Sources.

October 1996 Hot Spot: ThinkQuest
ThinkQuest is a challenge for students ages 12 to 18 to "move learning from homeroom to homepage". Participating teams are eligible for awards and scholarships, and regional workshops are being offered for teachers and coaches. It is designed to encourage students from different schools and different backgrounds to work together in teams toward creating valuable educational tools on the Internet while enhancing their ability to communicate and cooperate in a global, interconnected environment. Proposals due January 31, 1997. Current list of 100s of entries includes many projects devoted to mathematics, including: Ideas for Making Math Easier; Appreciating Math Through Art; World Wide Mathematics Tutor; Interactive Mathematics Online; Cool Math Dudes; and the Storybook of Geometry.

November 1996 Hot Spot: Fractals Lesson by Cynthia Lanius
This lesson plan is designed for 4th through 8th grade students to explore fractals independently or as a class, and to be assessed innovatively. Students learn how to make a fractal by constructing two famous fractals: the Sierpinski Triangle and the Koch Snowflake. Math questions and challenges follow activities. "What's so hot about fractals?" explores why fractals are fun and useful to study. Also includes other fractals on the Web, and where to learn more about them.

December 1996 Hot Spot: Mathematics Problem Solving Challenges
The Vermont Portfolio Program - a site that invites students to use creative strategies to solve story questions. Students choose a problem to solve and send in the solution, showing how they found it; assessments of their efforts are returned via e-mail. Questions to help guide students toward finding a strong solution, suggestions for problem-solving and communication skills, and solution strategies are provided.

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