Your Portal to a Personal Mathematics Center

Shelly Berman & Annie Fetter

Goals for today's session include:

presenting an overview of the Math Forum services that are of special interest to teachers;imagining instructional uses of the Math Forum services; andhelping you think about using the Math Forum services to enhance your current situation.

The Math Forum- http://mathforum.org/An online community of teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators, and citizens at all levels who have an interest in math and math education.

Problems of the Week- http://mathforum.org/pow/A project designed to challenge students with non-routine problems and to encourage them to verbalize their solutions. There are Elementary, Middle School, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry & Calculus, and Discrete Mathematics problems.

Looking at Example #1 gives a sense of the problem and a good range of answers. Sometimes, we get outstanding work by budding mathematicians, such as Devin Duncan's response to Example #2.

Internet Mathematics Library- http://mathforum.org/library/The Library allows you to browse through a gold mine of archives, looking through the lens of Mathematics Topics, Resource Types, Mathematics Education Topics or Educational Level.

We can go to the Reference Sources of theResources Types. Note that this really immerses us in the sea of information that the Web represents.

Forum Web Units and Lessons- http://mathforum.org/web.units.htmlThe Math Forum is committed to being a resource built upon the activity of the teachers, students, and researchers who use it.

As an example, we have selected the exemplary "Tessellation Tutorials" of Suzanne Alejandre.

Ask Dr. Math- http://mathforum.org/dr.math/The Math Forum's question and answer service for K-12 math students and their teachers. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, together with a FAQ and Classic Problems section.

While some questions get a straight-forward answer that satisfies the questioner, other questions generate dialogs as the questioner and doctor communicate via the Internet to do some very good mathematical discourse. In these two examples, Angie and Dr. Teeple explore how to solve a word problem, and Sam, stimulated by a biblical reference, discusses rounding pi with Dr. Peterson.

Teacher2Teacher- http://mathforum.org/t2t/The panel of teaching professionals, Presidential Awardees for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, is available to answer questions. Topics can range from classroom teaching techniques to finding good Internet resources for professional development.

For example, let's look at one thread that began with the question of making the teaching of simultaneous linear equations interesting to students.

Math Resources by Subject- http://mathforum.org/math.topics.htmlRecommended resources by subject for K-12 students (Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability & Statistics, Discrete Math); College students (Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Probability & Statistics, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Modern Algebra, Analysis); and Advanced level (Modern Algebra, Analysis, Discrete Math, Geometry, Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations, Game Theory & Programming).

Math Forum Searches- http://mathforum.org/grepform.htmlWe have over 300,000 pages so this is quite an extensive search. You may also search each specific area, which may give you a more focused, and in the case of the discussion groups, a more thorough search.

Discussion Groups, Special Discussion Projects- http://mathforum.org/discussions/The Math Forum's discussion archives include mathematics and math education-related newsgroups, mailing lists, and Web-based discussions. (E.g., Math-Teach, Numeracy, Geometry-Pre-College, K-12 Math Education,Math History List, NCTM Standards 2000, etc.) Here we have the discussions hosted for amte, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Math Forum Internet News- http://mathforum.org/electronic.newsletter/An electronic newsletter sent out via e-mail once a week to those who subscribe, archived on the Web and as a Web discussion. It offers site tips (what we have at the Math Forum and how to find it), notes about new math onsite or on the Internet, questions and answers from the Math Forum's interactive math projects (Ask Dr. Math, Problems of the Week), suggestions for K-12 teachers and students, and pointers to key issues in mathematics and math education.

Forum Showcase- http://mathforum.org/showcase.htmlJust as its title suggests, this is a changing gallery of exemplary materials created by people in the extended Math Forum community.

An example is the set of pages developed around Exploring Data for use with teacher workshops in Philadelphia and San Diego.

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29 January 00