Learning is global and international. Internationally,
individual communities developed their own approach and have
many success stories, and no doubt, headaches and challenges.
We must bring these communities together to share their experiences
since learning happens everywhere globally. We will soon make
available a blog-like information sharing portal for teachers
and learners. In here, we briefly describe some of the ongoing
efforts to create a community environment for others to use
and contribute. By no means, the following is a complete list.
It is a starting list. If you have a site you believe it should
be included, please let us know (go
No doubt there are ongoing efforts of many to bring technology
into Mathematics Education. We will try here to begin a survey
of these efforts and tools that further the experiences of
learners and teachers. We will use some existing developments/projects
to begin our discussion (an AOLA blog will be great - a open
source Blogging software is in testing stage; anyone
likes to start a blog on related subjects will be welcome
to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A technology blog on mathematics
education will be great.).
The concept of 'online community' is new with respect to
its cyber existence. The social community phenomenon is being
realized via the Web with a global perspective - pockets of
localized micro-community fused into one (Lechner
and Hummel 2002). Here we just run through some community
- http://www.mathforum.org/- "a research and educational
enterprise of Drexel
University." The reference of joining the community
in the site brings the focus here for discussion. The T2T®
for Teacher2Teacher further brings the relationship closer
to what we like to do (T2T as Any2Any in a teacher community,
limited at this point to the online Web environment). The
key feature of the site is of course the 'MathTools' site.
In the site, there are three 'resources' we will discuss
Lesson Plans - associated with tools, providing
teachers guidance how the plans can be used
Activities - associated with tools, providing students
guidance how the plans/activities can be used to facilitate
their learning experience
Tools - interactive learning tools based on different
- http://matti.usu.edu - another NSF funded project called
"National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive
Mathematics" at Utah
State University. It covers Pre-K to 12 activities covering
"number and operations", "algebra",
"geometry", "measurement", and "data
anaysis & probability". Visiting a few of the lessons
on the 9-12 algebra, a consistent user interface (GUI) with
lesson plans on the right (for some), and a 'standard' button
that refers to 'principles and standards' as defined by
the "National Council of Teachers of Mathematics"
That is good as there are some gauges to measure the performance
and what the kids should be learning (from a perspective).
This should be considered in the design of AOLA.
Blogs, or web logs, or loosely coupled participants that
like to 'talk' about a subject or an event. There are many
blog software and thus many blogs. For a blog in the mathematics
community of e-learning nature, it must have the following
There are some blogs of interests:
- blogging on equations
- blogging on what ifs on equations
- blogging on what ifs by doing this
- and there are these 'math blogs'
they have 'chips' - social currency; similar to what
we are dealing with as 'credits' - info$, cyber currency
where information provided will add on the $ sign, while
information obtained will subtract or borrow on the
$ sign. Yes, they are cyber money with a possible street
value that is now tradable online, and maybe on real
concrete as you stand.