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Good morning, and welcome to the Math Forum. We have three ambitious goals planned for our one-hour session this morning. They are:
- to give you an overview of our current program;
- to present a sample of the activities we have used or are planning to use with the teachers; and
- to discuss ways you can take advantage of the Math Forum's services.
Our tour begins with a visit to the main Math Forum-Strawberry Mansion Cluster page. From here you can access the summer schedule, a list of participants, and schedules for Saturday follow-up sessions. These links can be found at the tops of our project pages for easy navigation back to the main sections.
The teachers who participated in our summer program came to us with a wide range of computer and Web skills. There were teachers who did not know how to turn on the computer, and teachers who had already written html pages. We worked with the teachers at their own levels of expertise and were able to move everyone along to a greater depth of knowledge and understanding.
The Math Forum training for teachers includes:
Networking With Other Teachers
- Email allows you to communicate with individuals or groups of people.
- Mailing lists and public discussion groups allow you to search archives of valuable discussions:
- The Math Forum Internet News is a weekly electronic newsletter that can be read on-line or through Email.
- TappedIn Sessions with San Diego participants
Finding Math Resources
- The School District of Philadelphia Mathematics Standards
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics
- Ask Dr. Math
- Math Forum Searches
- Math Forum Teachers' Place
- Math Forum Student Center
- Math Forum Internet Resource Collection
- Exploring Data with an ocean theme
- A Tour of Fractions provides resources for teachers and students
- Tessellations created with ClarisWorks' paint program
- Problem of the Week Projects: Elementary, Middle School, and Geometry
- Geometer's Sketchpad Sketches
- Kwanzaa Math, created by participants Deborah Lewis and Catherine Wester
- Scavenger Hunt
- Problem-solving activities such as Traffic Jam
- Evaluating student work with Roberta Shorr
- Morse High School Magnet Program and Mathematics Connections
Learning To Use The Technology
Each Saturday session is built around a mathematical theme, as well as being designed to help teachers maintain their Web skills and learn new things. We encourage advanced teachers to continue to work on their projects. We host a weekly drop-in session at the Douglass School each Thursday afternoon for individual support or exploration.
- Reading and replying to email using Eudora Lite
- Saving pictures as gifs to include on a web page
- Writing Web pages
- Starting work on teacher projects
- ClarisWorks Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Painting, and Claris Home Page
- Geometer's Sketchpad
As we plan for the future, we would like your input for ways we can continue to support your teachers through inservice and on-line communications.
We would be happy to discuss your needs.
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