October - December 1999

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Math Forum participation in meetings, conferences, institutes, and workshops, October-December 1999

- Computer Supported Collaborative Learning: CSCL'99 - 12-15 December 1999

Jody Underwood presented a demo, "A Community of Learners at The Math Forum," for this group of educational researchers, teachers, and software developers. The conference was held at Stanford University in Stanford, California.

- NCTM Western Regional Conference - 2-4 December 1999

Judy Ann Brown of the Math Forum presented "Mathematics Education on the Internet" for K-16 teachers of mathematics. The conference was held in Phoenix, Arizona.

- NCTM Central Regional Conference - 11-15 November 1999

Judy Ann Brown and Ethel Breuche introduced K-16 teachers to the Internet through three hands-on computer workshops: "Mathematics Communication through Problems of the Week," "Develop Mathematics Communication Using the Problems of the Week Mentor Program," and "Mathematics Education on the Internet." The conference was held in Topeka, Kansas.

- Delaware Country (PA) Intermediate Unit Inservice Day - 8 November 1999

"What the Math Forum Was, Is, and May Become" - an introduction to the Forum's services by Shelly Berman and Annie Fetter, for middle and high school math teachers from Delaware County, given for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Media, Pennsylvania.

- NCTM Eastern Regional Conference - 13-15 October 1999

Judy Ann Brown and Shelly Berman of the Math Forum gave two presentations for K-16 teachers of mathematics: "Mathematics Communication through Problems of the Week," and "Mathematics Education on the Internet." The conference was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

- Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) - 13-14 October 1999

Helen Plotkin and Dave Kershaw of the Math Forum participated in the Virtual Reference Desk consortium meeting on October 13, 1999 and the VRD-hosted conference "Reference in the New Millennium" on October 14, 1999. The VRD project links and supports Web-based ask-an-expert services, and is working to develop a global triage function that can be shared by many services. Helen Plotkin gave a presentation on the Math Forum's plans for enhancing and scaling the Ask Dr. Math service, which was presented with two Awards for Exemplary Ask-A Service, one for 1998 and one for 1999.

- The Kansas City Regional Mathematics Technical EXPO - 2-3 October 1999

A forum where mathematics instructors at the college and secondary levels demonstrate how they use technology successfully in their teaching, learn about new mathematics technology, and discuss the philosophy and future of technology in the mathematics classroom. Prof. Gene Klotz of the Math Forum gave two presentations: the Keynote speech, Using the WWW for Teaching Mathematics: What are we learning and where do we go from here?" and "Joining the World Wide Web Revolution in Math Education.

## December

- Additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (30 December 1999)
- Over 300 entries were added or updated during during December of 1999.

- Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (30 December 1999)
- Because of the holidays, the Forum's six problems of the week (Elementary, Middle School, Geometry, Algebra, Calculus/Trigonometry, and Discrete Math) posted three instead of the usual four problems in December. In all, more than 5,500 submissions were received during the month of December.

- December additions to the Dr. Math Archives (30 December 1999)
- More than 100 new question-&-answer entries were added to the tables of contents during December of 1999.

- Internet Mathematics Library: Word Problems (15 December 1999)
- A new subcategory, Word Problems, has been added to the Math Library's links to Problems and Puzzles pages.

Geometry Problem of the Week (6 December 1999)

December 6 marked the 6th anniversary of the first Geometry POW. As far as we know, this is the longest continuously running interactive student project on the Internet. Congratulations to Annie Fetter, its founder and still current administrator.

## October-November

- Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (30 November 1999)
- The Forum's problems of the week (Elementary, Middle School, Geometry, Algebra, Calculus/Trigonometry, and Discrete Math) received more than 8,400 submissions during the month of November.

- Additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (30 November 1999)
- Over 80 additions were made to the Math Library, and 180 other entries were updated during November of 1999.

- Submissions to the Math Forum's Problems of the Week (31 October 1999)
- The Forum's six problems of the week (Elementary, Middle School, Geometry, Algebra, Calculus/Trigonometry, and Discrete Math) received more than 10,780 submissions during the month of October.

- Additions to the Math Forum's Internet Mathematics Library (31 October 1999)
- 100 additions were made to the Math Library during October of 1999.

- ESCOT Problem of the Week (1 October 1999)
- The ESCOT Problem of the Week provides software tools to solve or explore a problem geared toward middle-school students. We are currently experimenting with these tools, and they are available to anyone who wants to try them. Problems are spread over 2-4 weeks and have several parts that build on each other. A special browser called the ESCOT Runner is used; eventually we hope standard Web browsers will be able to run our Java applications, but until then you must jump through a few hoops to participate.

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