Tapped In Newsletter: May 2000

May, 2000
Issue 30

In This Issue
[1] Math Forum: Bridging Research & Practice Group (BRAP)
[2] Run away and join the Carnival!
[3] Technology Tools and Active Learning
[4] Targeting Librarians!
[5] Florida High School and DLRN back by popular demand
[6] More of the same old blah, blah, blah?
[7] Technology Tips - Archived Transcripts
[8] Technology Tips - TAPPED IN Partner Organizations (part 2)
[9] About ...On the TAPIS

Quote of the Month
"Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

[1] Math Forum: Bridging Research & Practice Group (BRAP) by Roya Salehi
Join the Math Forum on Wednesday, May 17, 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT/20:00 GMT, for a tour of the videopaper, "Encouraging Mathematical Thinking: Discourse around a Rich Problem". Bring your questions along to interact with two of the authors - Judith Koenig and Jon Basden.

In an attempt to integrate practice and research, this videopaper by the Math Forum's Bridging Research & Practice Group (BRAP) reports on findings culled from discussions of research articles and chapters, classroom practice, and videotapes of classroom teaching, noting links between these findings and research into student learning and instruction. It incorporates video clips from the teachers' classrooms, and provides a challenge Cylinder Problem with lessons for various levels and student predictions of outcomes.

[2] Run away and join the Carnival! by BJ Berquist
In the warm-weather tradition of communities everywhere, planning is underway at TAPPED IN for the second annual Summer Carnival on July 12. Bring your ideas from ringmaster of ceremonies to animal acts (virtual pets and exotic animals) to the May 17 WaterCooler Confab, 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT/00:30 GMT. We need planners, greeters, and leaders of sessions. Virtual cotton candy will be served. Red rubber noses and big floppy shoes are optional. For more information contact us.

[3] Technology Tools and Active Learning, by Pam Berger
Join Pam Berger, author of Internet for Active Learners: K-12 Curriculum Strategies,on Thursday, May 25, 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT/20:00 GMT, to explore new Web-based tools that can be used to encourage and support engaged, active learning. This month we will explore Filamentality.

[4] Targeting Librarians! by Lesley Farmer
Are you thinking about online training for your patrons -- or yourself? Are you a veteran (or survivor) of online training? Which end of the Web have you experienced: designer or participant? We bet you have advice for the other end! This real-time session will deal with issues related to online training: be it Web tutorials, online courses, or chat room discussion. The second of this series, Web Tutorials, will be Thursday, June 1, 4:00pm PDT/7:00pm EDT/23:00 GMT

[5] Florida High School and DLRN back by popular demand
Distance Learning Resource Network (DLRN) and staff from The Florida High School(FHS) a virtual high school invite you to this continuation of an exciting online event that occurred in early May. Florida High School is a virtual high school which officially began in 1996 for the purpose of creating a complete diploma granting high school online. This discussion should be of interest to K-12 educators and administrators interested in learning more about virtual high school models and how to support online high school student learning. Please visit the FHS site before this ASO on June 5 at 2:30pm PDT/5:30pm EDT.

[6] More of the same old blah, blah, blah?
If you think that online chats are superficial and shallow, think again! TAPPED IN knows that your time is valuable and strives to make sure that the topics that are offered will meet your educational/professional development needs. You can now visit our web page of links to past discussions and get an idea of what a TAPPED IN synchronous conversation looks like. Once you've taken a look at a couple of transcripts your hardest decision will be which discussion to join!

[7] Technology Tips - Archived Transcripts
Now that you've had a taste of what a transcript looks like on the Online Transcripts page, how about taking a look at the many archived transcripts in the After School Online room? Hectic schedules often make it difficult to attend a discussion, but you can view transcripts of many of the events that are on the calendar by going to the ASO emailers. If you don't know how to access the emailer, stop by TAPPED IN when a HelpDesk person is on duty and they will show you what to do.

[8] Technology Tips - TAPPED IN Partner Organizations Part 2
Take advantage of the many resources that the TAPPED IN Partner Organizations provide. To learn more about the partners visit their suites on the second floor of the main TAPPED IN building.

* The Middle School Math Suite - Co-sponsored by WebMath and MMAP/Pathways Implementation Center at WestEd, WebMath provides online math learning experiences that support middle school educators in learning to teach Standards-based math. More information and a website coming soon. The MMAP/Pathways Implementation Center (mmap.wested.org) provides outreach, professional development and technical assistance for schools and districts adopting the Pathways to Algebra and Geometry (formerly known as MMAP) program.
* Math Forum - vast resource for math related information
* Museum of Tolerance/Teaching Steps to Tolerance (TST) - offers workshops to help teachers and media specialists design lessons that lead to personal awareness of tolerance.
* National Institute for Science Education - mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) education research and development.
* New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD) - includes Union City and part of south Hayward, Alameda County, California
* Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology offers programs for experienced teachers partly through on-line instruction.
* Performance Assessment Links in Science (PALS) - an on-line, standards-based, interactive resource bank of science performance assessments.
* Schwab Foundation for Learning - dedicated to providing parents and teachers with the resources and support they need to improve the lives of kids with learning differences.

[9] About ...On the TAPIS
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