Department of Mathematics Education 

Course: EMAT 6680x Gwinnett COHORT

Instructor: James W. Wilson

Office Address:
105 Aderhold Hall
University of Georgia

Telephone: (706) 542-4552

Fax: (706) 542-4551

Email: jwilson@coe.uga.edu

Office hours: Daily, 8:30 am until Late in the day.

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Prerequisites:

You must be a middle school mathematics teacher or administrator to take this course. Teachers are expected to have basic knowledge about the operation and use of a computer. Teachers are expected to have mathematics technologies in their school or home in the form of a Graphing Calculator 3.0, Excel (or other spreadsheet), and Geometer's SketchPad. Teachers will need internet access and Netscape is recommended.

Objectives:

To become familiar with and operational with using technology tools in doing mathematics.
To use application software to solve mathematics problems.
To use application software to create mathematics demonstrations.
To use application software to construct new ideas of mathematics for yourself.
To engage in mathematical investigations using software applications.
To engage in some independent investigations of mathematics topics from the middle school curriculum or appropriate for that level.
To communicate mathematics ideas that arise from mathematics applications on a computer.
To communicate mathematics ideas using various technology tools.
To use general tools such as word processing, paint and draw programs, spreadsheets, and the Internet to facilitate mathematics investigations and communication about mathematics investigations.

Course Description:

This course will concentrate on using various software applications to solve mathematics problems, to organize pedagogical demonstrations, and to set up problem explorations. All materials for the course are maintained by an Internet Web page site and students will create and use web documents in the course.

The emphasis is on exploration of various mathematics contexts to learn mathematics, to pose problems and problem extensions, to solve problems, and to communicate mathematical demonstrations.

The following technologies will be used:

Hand Held Calculators such as TI-81, TI-82, or TI-83
Graphing Calculator 3.0 (from http://www.pacifict.com)
Geometers SketchPad (from http://www.keypress.com)
Spreadsheets (recommend Excel)
Web Page Browser (recommend Netscape 4.76)
Web Page Authoring Tool (recommend Netscape 4.76)
Time on computers -- in the workshop and at home or school

You can not expect to accomplish what you should from this course without time on the computers that is in addition to the time we have in class. The usual expectation of 2 hours study outside of class for every hour in class is probably a minimum.

Course Assignments:

There is no textbook. All assignments will be given and turned in via the Web. We will have access to and learn to use various network tools.

Grades and Requirements:

 
Grading is a necessary part of what we do and it is my intention to base grades on performance in meeting the requirements of the course. This performance includes the following:

1.Attendance
2.Participation

  • on the computer
  • working with others
  • class discussions
  • investigations

3.Write-ups
4.Lessons

A.There will be 13 Assignments, each corresponding with a different unit on the InterMath Web site. There will be a "Write-up" for each assignment.

B.Each person will develop a personal Web Page for the course.

C.There will be a set of "Write-up" projects. These are the "homework" for the course. Each Write-up will be prepared as an HTML document (i.e. a Web Page document) and linked to your personal web page.

D.The Lessons are the follow-on part of the course. They will be a part of your personal web site but eventually will be placed or linked to a library of lessons available to all InterMath participants. Some examples (not necessarily all "good" examples) are found at "Sample Instructional Units" on my web site.

E.What is a WRITE-UP?

The "write-ups" represent your synthesis and presentation of a mathematics investigation you have done --usually under the direction of one of the assignments. The major point is that it convincingly communicates what you have found to be important from the investigation. A write-up should communicate the essential material you have synthesized from your investigation. The format could be entirely in a word-processing document. After all, an HTML document is basically a word processing document with links. The HTML format, however, can combine narrative, pictures, and program applications in a dynamic document. Write-ups should be posted to your personal Web Page. If you work as a team on a write-up, post the write-up into each team member's Web Page but label collaborative effort. Criteria should include correct mathematics, use of technology, and how well you commuicate. "Solution" might be another word for "Write-up."

F. Lessons

The "lessons" are to be your creations of material to incorporate technology into classroom lessons. The material can be individual lessons or a unit of material. Your criteria should be on its usability in your classroom or in other peoples classroom and something you feel good enough about to share with colleagues over the web.

Gwinnett County Participants

Cindy Apley
Becky Brown
Doug Callahan
Elizabeth Crumpton
David Dimsdale
Mike Dumler
John Gay
Lesley Grimes
Deborah Hadaway
Jeff Harrison
Avis Hayes
Cami Heck
Rebecca Keeble
Susan Laviola
Teena Luce
Angela S Martin
Susan Opferman
Pamela Perkins
Jan Pruitt
Jennifer Rising

Michael Savage

Kimberly Seay
Kimberly Troha

 

Instructor

Jim Wilson

Oglethorpe County Participant

Jim Webb

Comer Schools Participant

Doug Wood