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Goals


Project goals and objectives reflect multiple targets aimed at involving teachers and administrators in technology-enhanced mathematics reform. They link the epistemological, pedagogical, and logistical activities designed to support QCC and NCTM standards.

Goal 1: Promote innovative practices in the tool uses of technology in middle-grades mathematics teaching and learning.

  • To use technology tools to model and demonstrate standards-referenced mathematics content and pedagogy for the middle school.
  • To enable teachers to experience mathematics using various technologies to explore real world applications, engage in problem solving, and communicate about their investigations.
  • To use technology to understand the distinction between demonstration and proof in mathematics and to emphasize the value of each in the understanding of mathematics.
  • To use technology to engage in mathematics explorations, to form mathematics ideas, and to solve mathematics problems.
  • To use technology tools to construct new and personally meaningful ideas of mathematics.
  • To use general tools such as word processing, paint programs, spreadsheets to facilitate mathematics investigations and communication.


Goal 2: Revitalize middle-grades mathematics teaching and learning by modeling, then applying, innovative technology-enhanced approaches.

  • To develop effective mathematics demonstrations using appropriate technology tools.
  • To engage in independent investigations of mathematics topics from the middle school curriculum or from mathematics appropriate for that level.
  • To better communicate mathematics ideas arising from technology enhanced investigations.


Goal 3: Support reform of mathematics teaching and learning in middle grades mathematics classrooms.

  • To enable middle grade mathematics teachers to develop and adapt materials and goals from standards based curriculum to through the use of technology.
  • To model and explore collaborative instructional strategies.
  • To develop mechanisms and expectations of sharing instructional ideas, materials, and information among middle school mathematics teacher.
  • To support comprehensive standards-based middle school mathematics curricula and the implementation of Quality Core Curriculum and NCTM goals.
  • To utilize technology tools in the implementation of alternative assessment strategies.


Goal 4: Establish the human and technological infrastructure needed to sustain meaningful reform of middle grade mathematics instruction.

  • To develop confidence in technology use as teachers explore, practice, reflect, and become adept in technology-enhanced teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • To enable and encourage middle school mathematics teachers to collaborate by using technology support.
  • To support professional development opportunities for middle school mathematics teachers and other key personnel through a network of peer teachers.


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