||Dennis Galway - Lead
A. Giles - Enrichment Teacher
P.O. Box 460
Bay Roberts, NF
Tel: (709) 786-0280
Fax: (709) 786-1243
||4 - 6
|Number of Students:
||45 - 50
|Project Start and
||1998 - 1999 School Year
Math Magic is coordinated by a University in Texas.
Basically it consists of groups of students from all over
the globe who solve math problems that are distributed by
a listserv and found on a web page. However, there is an
interesting twist. Each team of 3-4 students is partnered
with a similar group somewhere else in the world.
Students use Email to collaborate on the solution for the
posted problems before posting the mutually agreed upon
solution to the Listserv. Not only does this give the
students an opportunity to work with other students from
around the world to solve challenging mathematics
problems but it provides students with the opportunity to
exchange a great deal of information about themselves,
their country, province and community. This is a great
learning experience for the students and one of the most
useful ways that the net can be utilized in instruction.
It breaks down the walls of the classroom and creates a
virtual classroom without bounds where students with
common interests can interact.
In order for groups of students to be actively
involved in this project they require access to the
Internet. This permits them to access the Math Magic web
site and exchange E-mail with their Net partners.
- The main curriculum areas this
project would address are mathematics (problem
solving) and technology)
- Problem solving is one area that
students in our school performed poorly on in
Criteria Reference Test, Canadian Tests of Basic
Skills and other indicators of performance. This
project would give groups of students a unique
and highly motivating way to improve their
problem solving abilities.
- They would also learn from this
experience how to work in groups. The use of
computer technology would extend this experience
beyond the local group to encompass other groups
in remote locations. This experience would be a
valuable asset to students for their future
education and work.
- Students involved would also
become familiar with computer technology.
Especially its communication potential.
Intended Learning Outcomes
- Students will improve their
problem-solving skills. The Ability to solve
problems is one of the key components of the
- Students will learn to coordinate
group activities. The skills necessary to work in
groups and especially to extend these groups
using communications technology is a key
component in all curriculum areas.
- Students will learn how to use
Email. This implies that they not only learn to
use the technology but that they also learn
writing skills which are a vital component of the
- Problem solving and using computer
technology are integral components of the
Provincial Technology Education Policy.
This project can only work if students have access to
the Internet. This access will facilitate the
establishment of email accounts on our local server to
which email from the listserv will be sent. It will
enable the students to log on to the Math Magic web site
and communicate with their net team partners and to post
their final solutions.
___ Works productively in the group
___ Demonstrates the ability to use different problem
___ Uses computer word processor to state solutions to
___ Communicates effectively with net term partners
___ Composes email
___ Knows how to send and receive email
___ Knows how to subscribe to a listserv
___ Knows how to access a web site
___ Knows how to download information from a web site
Mathematics problems solving is an area of weakness
for many students. This project will give groups of
students the opportunity to improve their problem-solving
skills in a highly motivating manner. It will also give
students the opportunity to use computer technology and
to become more proficient in this vital area. Students
will also have the opportunity to improve their writing
skills as they use email to exchange information with
their net team partners. These writing skills will range
from technical writing as they exchange information on
the solution to their problems, as well as more
descriptive writing as they exchange information about
themselves, their communities, provinces and country.