Evan Glazer - Onsite Participant
Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, Illinois
Evan Glazer (aka Dinoman) teaches mathematics and coaches cross country, math team, and scholastic bowl at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois. He belongs to the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He has been an instructor for the Fermilab National Laboratory high school honors program for particle physics, and a calculus teacher at University High School in Urbana, Illinois. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Evan hopes to share his experiences, understand network policies and guidelines, and expand his knowledge of networking and programming for the World Wide Web, believing that the opinions and suggestions expressed by the instructors and the diverse group of participants in the group could provide him with additional insight and ideas towards developing a deeper understanding of the value of the Internet within education.
Evan has given over twenty Internet presentations and workshops at local, state, national, and international conferences (see his Vita for details), and also "Internet Projects and Activities for your Classroom," a presentation given at the NCTM annual conference in Minneapolis. In these presentations, he has shared projects and provided references to other K-12 mathematics Internet resources. He has also taught introductory HTML in workshops and courses for participants interested in creating their own Web pages.
Over the past four years, Evan has designed nearly a dozen Internet networking activities and student projects that make use of real world applications, collecting data and making connections within mathematics. He says that "the utility of the World Wide Web has made these projects enjoyable, convenient, and rewarding for me and my students in mathematics classes spanning from low-level algebra to advanced placement calculus." This summer he would like to enhance these projects by finding additional sources where students can find information and data related to automobiles, weather, population, fractals, currency, and unit conversions. He is also interested in pursuing additional "real-world" data sources.
Evan would also like to investigate issues related to adopting Web policies and guidelines for his school, posing the question, "what issues are most relevant when promoting and prohibiting information placed on the Web?"
Evan writes that his favorite Web activities are "What a Steal! or What a Ripoff?" and "Only if Nice Weather Could Last Year Round." In these activities, students collect data from the Web and find a mathematical pattern that will help them make a prediction for a future outcome. Evan says "the students enjoy the activities because they use real-world information and apply it to their own interests. The finished product is often a creative story which entails a synthesis of useful mathematics." Evan is interested in exploring more Web activities that can foster these learning outcomes in the summer Institute.
Other Web pages by Evan include:
- A Geometer's SketchPad template, Holy Cow! which displays the trajectory of a ball as you change its initial height, velocity, and angle of elevation. An instructor's guide is included.
- If you are interested in Internet research, you can read an abstract of Evan's thesis, An Analysis of Discourse on an Internet-Based Listserv for Mathematics Educators.
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