Teaching Mathematics with Technology

Professor Hlas
hlascs (@) uwec.edu
Drop-in times

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
—Arthur C Clarke

Course Information

"The mathematics and computer science program shall include competencies in both subcategories" (PI 34). To achieve this goal, we will use project-based learning to explore technology representations designed to help students understand mathematical concepts and procedures. These technologies will likely include:

More course information is available on Canvas.

Structure

Required Materials

  1. Growth mindset!
  2. Common Core State Standards-Math
  3. Graphing calculator (TI-84 recommended)

Recommendations

  1. Bring your own internet-connected device.
  2. Attend the annual WMC conference (in spring!)
  3. Join professional organizations (look for student memberships):
  4. Become a Math Lab tutor
  5. Follow mathematics teacher blogs

Recommendations


Grading

It is important to accurately show your mathematical thinking and to communicate clearly. On every assignment, the preservice teacher starts at zero then may earn "technology points" (TP) for demonstration of technology skills in their solutions. If any concerns arise regarding grading, contact the instructor outside of class in a timely manner.

Preparation activities

Preparation activities are intended to be completed before class and are designed to prepare preservice teachers for that day's in-class activities. These activities are more effective when everyone attends class fully prepared.

Weekly projects (7 × 20 TP)

Problems from class and discussion questions will be due most weeks.

Group technology activity (40 TP)

Groups will research, plan, and execute an activity for fellow classmates that focuses on a Common Score State Standard for Mathematical Practice.

Individual tech activity (44 TP)

Each student will develop a technology activity designed to introduce a mathematics topic from the Common Core State Standards-Math. This activity will include two parts, a screencast followed by in-class teaching.

* Special plagiarism note: Suspected plagiarism (copying from other students or from other resources like the Internet) will result in a zero for that assignment. Appeals will be handled through the Dean of Students office.

Fine print

Email is the best way to reach me. I typically respond within 24 hours, but do not check email in the evenings or on Saturdays due to family commitments.

Attendance A record of attendance will be collected. This is required by the University to maintain accurate class rosters and to assess the impact of attendance on student achievement. Attendance is not graded but poor attendance may impact group activities.

Absences If you are absent, please check the course schedule then meet with me (drop-in hours, Zoom, and/or email) so I can make sure you are caught up. Authorized absences (school functions, emergencies or illness) do not require explanation and may be made up for full credit. Other absences may be completed early for full credit, or late for 90% credit. Late work is expected to be completed in a timely manner (within two weeks of the original due date or by the last day of classes, whichever occurs first).

Entry-level switching The Department of Mathematics allows students within entry-level mathematics courses (i.e., 010, 020, 104, 109, 112, 114, or 246) to move up to a higher numbered course during the first two weeks of a semester or move down during the first three weeks. Please contact the instructor for more details.

*Grades Midterm grades will be based on percentage of points completed at the time of midterm submission. For final grades, total points will be rounded up to the nearest whole number to determine a letter grade. Individual scores or grades will not modified because they represent a student's progress in the class throughout the semester.

Student Accommodations Any student who has a disability and is in need of classroom accommodations should contact the instructor and the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in Centennial Hall 2106 at the beginning of the semester.

Academic Integrity Any academic misconduct in this course as a serious offense. The disciplinary procedures and penalties for academic misconduct are described on the UW-Eau Claire Dean of Students web site.

Civility As members of this class, we are members of a larger learning community where excellence is achieved through civility. Our actions affect everyone in our community. Courtesy is reciprocated and extends beyond our local setting, whether in future jobs, classes, or communities. Civility is not learned individually, it is practiced as a community.

Mandatory Reporter As a Wisconsin State employee, I am obligated to report any claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. Please know that any such information revealed to me will be forwarded to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students office may reach out to you to offer resources and support.