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## Jan Garner

During the workshop, I'd like to learn how we are currently using the
Internet for secondary math and what other ideas might be feasible. I'd
like to see what you are thinking and bounce some ideas I have off of you.
I've seen some of the great resources at the Geometry Forum: *Problem of
the Week, * *Project of the Month * (educators posing problems for students);
*Ask Dr Math * (experts answering student questions). Would a site for
student posed/student answered challenges be feasible? Perhaps this would
fit in with the math chat room that Margret is suggesting. In fact a chat
room could even carry the idea further, students could share ideas and
information on larger projects (statistics comes to mind). I like the
other suggestions Margaret made as well. Also, how about web pages that
discuss applications of mathematics and then have links to web sites that
address the application fields?
Remote participation: I assume we could simply throw in our two cents
worth through e-mail.

Background: I retired from the Navy last summer. I started my Navy career
teaching precalculus to enlisted personnel and later switched to
meteorology (typhoon forecasting, climatology R&D, and too much admin).
Now, I'm pursuing secondary math certification at SUNY Potsdam (student
teach this fall).

Much of my use of math has leaned toward physical
science applications and most of the geometry I've done has been in a
cartesian coordinate system. When I start teaching, I hope to bring in
the connections of math to real world applications, but I'm also enjoying
getting back into a more academic "math is a toy as well as a tool". My
computer background has included recreational programming (Basic, Visual
Basic, Hypercard) and some professional work, such as a model output
statistics (translate that linear regression analysis) typhoon forecast
aid. I've also been playing with spreadsheets to apply them to secondary
level math problems. I have access to the Internet through SUNY Potsdam.

- Jan Garner

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