The Math Forum: 1996 
Summer Institute - sum96

July 15-19, 1996 - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

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Sheila Talamo

E-mail: stalamo@epscor.phys.lsu.edu
Address:16102 Malvern Hill, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Phone: (504) 922-0690 (work); (504) 753-7944 (home)
School: LaSIP (Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program

Sheila Talamo's experience and training has been a mix of mathematics, education, and computers. A high school classroom teacher for 25 years, she has taught a wide variety of mathematics courses from junior high mathematics and pre-algebra to pre-calculus; she has also taught introductory computer science courses at the high school level. During the past year she has attended national and state conferences related to Internet usage, made a presentation at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics on Internet usage, made presentations to local MATHLINE participants related to Internet resources, and compiled a brief list of Internet mathematics resources to distribute to mathematics teachers. She designed and developed the initial LaSIP homepage.

Sheila is currently employed as mathematics coordinator for the Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program (LaSIP). As part of this program she has initiated Louisiana Lessons, a collaborative project (with Sylvia Bienvenu, a Curriculum Specialist for the Louisiana Challenge Grant Project, and Ray Camden, the Webmaster for the Louisiana Challenge Grant WWW site) designed to develop an online collection of resources, lesson plans, multi-disciplinary units, and collaborative projects that will integrate the Internet into Mathematics, Science, and Language Arts Curricula.

In addition to integrating technology tools, Louisiana Lessons will particularly spotlight Louisiana and its many resources: in a state that is sometimes seen in a negative light, this project will provide an opportunity to introduce Louisiana in a positive way to students and educators both in and out of state. Educators from across the state will be contributors to the project.

Sheila Talamo's role in LaSIP is to contribute to the development of mathematics lessons and online projects as they relate to Louisiana and to the new state mathematics curriculum frameworks. During the Math Forum's summer institute she hopes to develop specific some aspects of the project: (1) standards-based mathematics lessons for grades K-12 that focus on Louisiana, (2) on-line collaborative project models that focus on mathematics activities related to Louisiana, and (3) a Louisiana scavenger hunt that features a number of mathematical activities. She has begun researching, exploring and developing for possible use such topics as the Louisiana labor market, Louisiana forests, Louisiana historical buildings, and Louisiana natural resources.

Working Group: Interdisciplinary Resources

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