After lunch, everyone wanted to check their mail again, but we had to press on. The next topic was a quick introduction to Geometer's SketchPad. Annie gave the class a problem to work, and each group seemed to find a different approach to the problem.
The last subject of the day was NewsGroups. Each member of the group got to read articles and post their own biographies. It was amazing to see what kind of information was available at our fingertips.
Each participant came away today eager to see what is in store for tomorrow. We learned so much today, but we know that there is so much more left!
The only frustrating part of the day came when it took 20-30 minutes just to get connected, but all things considered, it was a productive, educationg day.
Tomorrow, the agenda includes MOSAIC. And we press on to expand our horizons.
In the afternoon, Dr. Susan Ross led the class in an activity that uses NCTM standards by connecting algebra and geometry. We also discussed how things learned this week can be taken back to the classrooms in the high schools.
Things are really coming together to build a firm foundation of resources that we can access. Everyone has learned a great deal.
(Just to demonstrate the dedication of these teachers, Walter and Annette Brooks, who are participants, celebrated their 25th anniversary today, with us! :-))
Annie Fetter led us in a 3-D Stella Octangula manipulative activity in which the class was put into pairs and discovered different relationships between certain solids. The conjectures that were made were extremely interesting. We also saw a video showing the use of the Stella Octangla materials.
Project 1 (Walter Brooks, Martha Carter, Kris Fitzgerald, and Trish Herndon) was on Total Solar Eclipses. They found data on the last and the next total solar eclipses, such as the speed of the moon*s shadow on the earth and the width of the path of the shadow. They found many resources including NASA experts, and maps that had been posted in the news groups.
Project 2 (Annette Brooks, Linda Connally, Larue Huckaby, and Julie Pollard) explored Soil Erosion. They recieved information on Internet about books to use, the different types of soil erosion (coastal, riverbed, etc.), and contouring programs.
Project 3 (Becky Joslin, Bev Millians, Jim Morgan, and Paul Myers) was a Baseball Project. By sending inquiries through email and newsgroups, they got information on the histories and dimensions of baseball stadiums around the U.S.
They all came up with interesting activities that students could do with these projects. They also had questions and problems that the participants could work. (To see more details on the projects, URL is http://mathforum.org/berry94/berry.html.(Underconstruction as of 7/1/94)).
After lunch, everyone logged on to netcom to change their passwords. Then we learned how to take it all home and wrapped up the workshop. Everyone was anxious to be able to use what they learned at home. We all decided that we would definitely benifit from this, and that we would all have to keep in touch.
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