A presentation of the following article was given at the Joint Mathematics
Meetings, January 1013, 1996, Orlando, Florida.
A Teacher InService Course on Technology
Carl R. Spitznagel
John Carroll University
email: spitz@jcvaxa.jcu.edu
ABSTRACT:
As part of an inservice Master of Arts program for high school
mathematics teachers, John Carroll University offers a course
titled "Technology in the Teaching of Mathematics." In the
most recent offering, this course dealt with the TI82 calculator,
the TI CBL, the LOGAL Tangible Math software, Geometer's Sketchpad,
Derive, and mathematics resources on the Internet.
After a brief description of the structure of the master's
program, this talk will provide some details on the topics
of the course, with examples of assignments and student work.
THE MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM:
Designed for inservice secondary teachers
Typical completion: 3 summers
Courses chosen from:
Mathematical Structures
Discrete Mathematics
Modern Geometry
Curves, Surfaces and Space
Topics in Calculus
Quantitative Literacy
Great Moments in Mathematics
Mathematical Potpourri
Computer Science for H.S. Teachers
Problems in Mathematics
Chaos & Fractals in the Classroom
Technology in Teaching Math
THE TECHNOLOGY COURSE:
Although this particular course was designed for inservice teachers,
most of the material and activities could be easily adapted for
the preservice setting.
Topics Covered:
TI82 & Graph Link: 20 %
TI CBL: 20 %
LOGAL Tangible Math
software: 15 %
Geometer's Sketchpad: 20 %
DERIVE: 15 %
Math resources on
Internet: 10 %
Texts & Resources:
1. "Graphing Calculator Activities: Exploring Topics in Precalculus,"
Lund & Andersen, AddisonWesley
2. "CBL System Experiment Workbook," Texas Instruments
3. "Tangible Math Workbook," LOGAL
4. "The Geometer's Sketchpad User Guide and Reference Manual,"
Key Curriculum Press
5. "Teaching Geometry with The Geometer's Sketchpad,"
Key Curriculum Press
6. "College Algebra Laboratories Using DERIVE," Phil DeMarois, MathWare
Classes & Activities:
Introductions to each technology given by instructor
Critiques, reports & discussions
Individuals design worksheets
Lab work: pairs
Groups develop & present CBL experiments
Brainstorm on uses for technology
Pairs design worksheets & teacher notes
Critique of studentwritten worksheets
Inlab demonstrations by students
Student Comments:
"The assignments in the Graphing Calculator Activities book were great.
I would definitely use the activities in my classroom."
"I really enjoyed the time spent working on the CBL...I plan on
applying some of these experiments in my classroom."
"During the Sketchpad activities, I actually think that I learned some
things about geometry."
"With all the worksheets we developed in this class, I can almost use
one for each major topic in a geometry class."
"I plan to lobby hard when I return to school to have our department
purchase at least one classroom set of them [TI82's]."
"Now that I am aware of what is available, I will be better able to
convince higherups of its importance to mathematics education."
Additional Information:
Anyone wishing to receive more information about this course, such
as syllabus, assignments or exams, may contact me by email:
spitz@jcvaxa.jcu.edu. Please include your snailmail address.
I would also be very interested to hear what you have been doing
in similar courses.
