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Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Mathematics Education on the Internet, March 24, 2000
Shelly Berman
Judy Ann Brown

Math Forum || Student Center || Teachers' Place

Goals for today's session include:
  1. presenting an overview of the Math Forum services that are of special interest to teachers;
  2. imagining instructional uses of the Math Forum services; and
  3. discussing search strategies for specific purposes.

The Math Forum -
An online community of teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators, and citizens at all levels who have an interest in math and math education.
Teachers' Place -
Here you will find what we consider to be the best resources for teaching math at all levels. This space is not only for teachers, but has also been built in part by teachers.
Problems of the Week -
The Problems of the Week are 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 of the Week. The Problem of the week is a mentored environment in which students submit solutions to a math challenge. Each submission is responded to by a mentor.

Internet Mathematics Library -

The Math Forum has collected, organized, cataloged and annotated thousands of math related web sites from diverse sources to create its Internet Mathematics Library. You can browse or search this gold mine of mathematics, organized under the headings of Mathematics Topics, Resource Types, Mathematics Education Topics or Educational Level. Clicking on any of these headings yields a hierarchical outline. Clicking on a category in the outline takes you to a page showing subcategories, selected sites, and all sites in the category. This format is consistent as you 'drill down'.

Web Units and Lessons -

The Math Forum is committed to being a resource built upon the activity of the teachers, students, and researchers who use it.

Teacher2Teacher -
Teacher2Teacher is like a virtual teacher's lounge in that people pose questions and share opinions about topics ranging from classroom teaching techniques to good Internet resources for professional development. The initial responses are provided by mentor teachers, most of whom are Presidential Awardees for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.

Ask Dr. Math -
Ask Dr. Math is an ask-an-expert service in which math questions at all levels are asked of our volunteer doctors. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, together with a FAQ and Classic Problems section.

Math Resources by Subject -
This service contains recommended resources by subject for:
Math Forum Searches -
We have over 300,000 pages, so this is quite an extensive search arena. You may also search a 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 -
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.) For example, we host discussions for AMTE, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Many of these groups are open to the public.

Math Forum Internet Newsletter -
An electronic newsletter is sent out via e-mail once a week to those who subscribe, and is 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 items on the site 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.

You might want to browse through an issue or two. You are welcome to subscribe to the newsletter as one immediate way to join the community.

Forum Showcase -
Just as its title suggests, this is a changing gallery of exemplary materials created by people in the extended Math Forum community.

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