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  1. What are the goals of InterMath?
  2. How can I learn more about InterMath?
  3. How do I get involved in InterMath?
  4. Is there any online professional development option?
  5. What technologies do teachers learn when they take InterMath?
  6. What is a "write-up?"
  7. Is there InterMath for elementary teachers?
  8. Is there InterMath for high school teachers?
  9. Why doesn't the dictionary include [a certain term]?

 

1. What are the goals of InterMath?

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

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

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

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

More information about the goals of InterMath is available here.

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2. How can I learn more about InterMath?

Considerable information about the InterMath site is available in the <link to About InterMath>About InterMath area <a/>. Feel free to peruse the site and check out the assortment of tools (dictionary, investigations, search engine, etc.). If you have questions about InterMath that are not answered on the website, please contact us at, intrmath@uga.edu .

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3. How do I get involved with InterMath?

All InterMath material on the web is completely free for you to use. If you are interested in offering a course or taking a course, please email us for more information at intrmath@uga.edu . Also, please share with us the ways you use InterMath materials – whether you use them for your students or in a college-level course. We want to know who finds them useful.

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4. Is there any online professional development option?

A big part of InterMath involves discussion of mathematical concepts derived form the NCTM Standards and pedagogical aspects of including open-ended problem solving and technology-based explorations in classrooms. We like to have these discussions in person during class time making online out of the question. Because of this, at this time, there are no plans to move InterMath to an entirely online format. There are efforts underway to adapt InterMath materials to a partially-online format that involves 3 or 4 all-day meetings with classroom-based work for the teachers between those sessions. This model will be tested in late 2003 or early 2004.

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5. What technologies do teachers learn when they take InterMath?

InterMath courses offered under the UGA model include a variety of technologies. In addition to word processing and spreadsheet software, participants also work with mathematic specific software including Geometer's Sketchpad and Graphing Calculator (software, not actual graphing calculators). Participants also learn some basic technologies related to creating and posting web pages because the product of the InterMath courses is an online portfolio. In some courses, there is also an introduction to Computer Based Laboratories.

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6. What is a "write-up?"

Participants in an InterMath course create write-ups, which can be considered the homework for the course. A write-up focuses on what the participant views important in an investigation. In a good write-up, all thoughts are explained clearly so that others who have not looked at a particular investigation can understand the process the participant engaged in.  The write-up may include how a problem was solved, the discovery of more than one solution, the discovery of no solution, paths taken that led to a dead-end, etc., and most importantly an explanation of the participant’s understanding of “WHY?” various approaches did or did not work.

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7. Is there InterMath for elementary teachers?

InterMath was created for the professional development of middle school teachers, but we are open to elementary teachers taking our courses.  Most of the investigations are too advanced for elementary age students, but many could be adapted for that classroom. We do believe strongly that open-ended investigations and technology-enhanced learning are valuable parts of an elementary mathematics program, however, we do not currently have the resources available to support teachers in the elementary grades.

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8. Is there InterMath for high school teachers?

There is not an InterMath built for high school teachers. However, high school teachers have taken InterMath in the past and found it to be a valuable experience. Unlike middle grades teachers, high school teachers tend to not learn as much mathematics, but do gain a strong understanding of how technology can enhance their classroom instruction. Further, high school teachers are often able to use many InterMath investigations without making many modifications because their students are further in their development than middle school students.

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9. Why doesn't the dictionary include [a certain term]?

The dictionary was designed to be used by students in the middle grades.  If a term is not included, it may be that the staff did not feel that it was appropriate for middle grades.  If there is a middle-grade appropriate term that you would like to see added to the dictionary, please email us at intrmath@uga.edu.

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