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September

Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) (30 September 2000)
As the 2000-2001 school year began in the United States and the Math Forum resumed posting its six problems of the week, the service received more than 13,900 student responses to the five puzzles completed during August and September. The Middle School PoW received the most submissions with 4,719; the Geometry PoW was close behind with 4,234; Algebra received 2,273; Elementary 1,854; Trig/Calc 538; and Discrete Math 294.

September additions to the Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (30 September 2000)
230 new sites were added to the Math Library in September 2000, for a total archive of 7590 entries; in addition, more than 50 URLs or annotations were updated.

New T2T FAQ (29 September 2000)
Using Manipulatives: answers to a frequently asked question: What role can manipulatives play in the classroom?

Teacher2Teacher Home Page Updated (14 September 2000)
The T2T home page now includes a searcher and links to Highlighted Discussions: find timely ideas for math activities and lessons to use during the upcoming Olympic Games, and read creative suggestions for using journals in math class and for decorating math classrooms. The new page also shines a spotlight on other Math Forum areas, such as the Internet Math Library.

New Dr. Math FAQ (9 September 2000)
Loans and Interest: explanations of and formulas for interest calculations: simple interest, compound interest, annual percentage rate (APR), and installment loans. (Robert L. Ward)

Varnelle's Primary Math - Introduction to Geometry (3 September 2000)
A unit by Varnelle Moore, designed to introduce young children to beginning concepts in geometry: describing shapes, making patterns, building shapes, rotational symmetry, and line symmetry, with teacher support extension ideas. Lessons include interactive, manipulative-based projects, technology, paper/pencil practice, and literature connections.

T2T FAQ - Helping with Homework (2 September 2000)
From the Teacher2Teacher Service, a collection of answers to a frequently asked question: How can I help my child with math homework?

Apply to join the T2T Service (1 September 2000)
Teacher2Teacher is a question-and-answer service serving the needs of the mathematics teaching community. You are invited to apply online to become a member of the panel of Teacher2Teacher Associates, teaching professionals who answer questions received by the service.



August

August additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (31 August 2000)
130 new sites were added to the Math Library in August 2000, for a total archive of 7360 entries; in addition, 95 URLs or annotations were updated.

July-August additions to the Dr. Math Archives (31 August 2000)
140 new question-&-answer entries were added to the tables of contents during July and August of 2000.

Problems of the Week (PoWs) (28 August 2000)
The Math Forum's six Problems of the Week resumed on August 28 for the 2000-2001 school year. Students are invited to submit solutions to Elementary, Middle School, Geometry, Algebra, Discrete Math, and Trig/Calculus problems. A new PoW Discussion Group has been established to facilitate conversation around the Math Forum's Problems of the Week; input is invited from teachers who have used the problems in their classrooms, and from teachers who have questions concerning how they can implement the problems in their curricula. Teachers may also request accounts that will allow them to follow the activity of their students; see the Teacher Information page.

Chameleon Graphing, by Ursula Whitcher (17 August 2000)
A Web unit introducing the coordinate plane, for elementary and middle school students. With the help of Sam the Chameleon, learn to find points on a number line and graph points in the coordinate plane.

August Conferences and Workshops (17 August 2000)
- ESCOT, August 14-18, 2000: teachers and developers met in Swarthmore, PA for their second annual summer workshop, hosted by the Math Forum. The Educational Software Components of Tomorrow project explores a promising direction for innovation: assembling math education software from components rather than hand-crafting new programs or applications for each curricular need. The agenda included defining ESCOT Problems of the Week for the coming school year.
- PA Governor's Institute for Mathematics, August 16, 2000: Richard Tchen introduced The Math Forum to teachers at this institute held at Penn State University, State College, PA.
- Bridging Research and Practice (BRAP), August 5-7, 2000: The Math Forum's Bridging Research and Practice group gathered in Swarthmore, PA for its fourth workshop. The agenda included discussions around research reading and further development of the videopaper "Encouraging Mathematical Thinking," and conversations about outreach for the project.

Apply to join the T2T Service (1 August 2000)
Teacher2Teacher is a question-and-answer service serving the needs of the mathematics teaching community. You are invited to apply online to become a member of the panel of Teacher2Teacher Associates, teaching professionals who answer questions received by the service.



July

New Dr. Math FAQs (31 July, 22 July, 10 July 2000)
- Properties Glossary: What is an operation? an identity? What are the associative, commutative, and distributive properties? What is the property of closure? What is the inverse of something? (Ursula Whitcher)
- Russian Peasant Multiplication: What is Russian peasant multiplication? How do I use it? Why does it work? How is the Russian peasant algorithm connected to binary numbers? (Ursula Whitcher)
- Flying Between Two Trains: Two trains 150 miles apart travel toward each other along the same track, the first train at 60 mph, the second at 90 mph. A fly buzzes back and forth between the two trains until they collide. If the fly's speed is 120mph, how far will it travel? (Ursula Whitcher)

July Conferences and Workshops (31 July 2000)
- Math Forum Summer Institute: an invitational program for mathematics teachers committed to or experienced in the use of computers in the classroom. See Developing Mathematics on the Internet: A Summer Institute for Teachers, July 25 - August 11, 2000.
- PA Governor's Institute in Mathematics: Shelly Berman introduced The Math Forum - Your Personal Portal to Mathematics on the Internet to elementary, middle school, and high school teachers at this institute held at Penn State University, State College, PA, July 19, 2000.
- Math Forum/Rutgers/Lucent: in conjunction with a Rutgers/Lucent Allies in Teaching Mathematics and Technology grant, Shelly Berman and Annie Fetter offered a professional development workshop for teachers from the Newark, NJ area, July 10-13, 2000.
- WebCT 2000: Steve Weimar, Helen Plotkin, Suzanne Alejandre, Shelly Berman, Judy Ann Brown, Roya Salehi, Lee Smith, and Jody Underwood attended the second annual WebCT conference in Athens, GA, where Steve and Helen gave a presentation on Building Community in the Electronic Classroom and Online Learning Centers, and Judy presented a pre-conference overview of the Math Forum's services, July 9-12, 2000.

Additions to the Math Forum's Teacher2Teacher Service (31 July 2000)
More than 90 new question-&-answer entries were added to the T2T archives during June and July of 2000.

Additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (31 July 2000)
More than 95 new sites were added to the over 7,200 entries in the Math Library; in addition, 40 prior entries were updated during July of 2000.


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