MATH TOOLS NEWSLETTER - MARCH 6, 2004 - No. 12 Happy One Year Anniversary, Math Tools community members! In the past twelve months, you and 3198 other registered users have helped the Math Tools site collect, discuss, and improve upon 2374 tools, lesson plans, and other resources. To build on the nearly one thousand posts to Math Tools discussions, Math Tools community leaders will select noteworthy conversations each week: Highlighted Discussions http://mathforum.org/mathtools/highlights.html Please suggest other discussions to highlight by writing Suzanne at suzanne@mathforum.org We've also overhauled our help pages: http://mathforum.org/mathtools/mytools/help.html And if you haven't already, check out Math Tools topics organized into courses: follow the link for the Site Map, now at the top of the right sidebar under the word BROWSE. http://mathforum.org/mathtools/sitemap.html A team from SRI International has published a formative study of Math Tools users in the February, 2004, issue of D-Lib Magazine. The article, by Nicole Shechtman, Mark Chung, and Jeremy Roschelle, provides demographics about our community, and synthesizes some of our concerns and priorities: Supporting Member Collaboration in the Math Tools DL http://www.dlib.org/dlib/february04/shechtman/02shechtman.html ***RESEARCH AREA http://mathforum.org/mathtools/research/march2004.html George Reese's article documents a discussion that illustrates the type of constructive conversation and growth that can go on around a math tool. ***FEATURED LESSON PLAN Chaos Shodor: Project Interactivate http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool.html?id=1587 Learn the concepts and applications of chaos theory. RELATED DISCUSSION: http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?id=1587&context=tool ***FEATURED ACTIVITY Algebra Tiles: Multiplying Binomials - 1 National Library of Virtual Manipulatives http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool.html?id=3731 Find the product of two binomials using algebra tiles. RELATED DISCUSSION: http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?id=3731&context=tool ***FEATURED TOOL Circle 3 National Library of Virtual Manipulatives http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool.html?id=3033 Position the numbers inside the circles and intersections of circles in such a way that the three numbers in each of the circles sums (adds up) to zero. RELATED DISCUSSION: http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html?id=3033&context=tool CHECK OUT THE MATH TOOLS SITE: Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ Register http://mathforum.org/mathtools/register.html Discussions http://mathforum.org/mathtools/discuss.html Research Area http://mathforum.org/mathtools/research/ Developers Area http://mathforum.org/mathtools/developers/ Newsletter Archive http://mathforum.org/mathtools/newsletter/ \`. .--------------.____________) \ |//////////////|____________[ ] `--------------' ) ( '-' The Math Forum -- 6 March 2004