The Math Forum

ISTE 2011
International Society for Technology in Education
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 26-29, 2011

"Unlocking Potential"

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Part 1: Affordances of the Online Environment for Reflective Teaching Practices

[Concurrent Session: Lecture]
Ellen Clay
Valerie Klein

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
10:15 am - 11:15 am



Not for the faint of heart--Join us as we share how analyzing the records of our online courses has fundamentally altered our instructional practices.

Purpose and Objectives: We will share how technology afforded us the opportunity to continually improve our instruction at the post secondary level. We teach online courses using the Blackboard learning management system, taking advantage of the discussion board and blog features, and incorporating TechSmith's Jing for our students to make screenshots and screencasts. The courses we will discuss in this presentation were designed to prepare pre-service teachers as they began an alternative certification program in elementary or secondary mathematics education. ... read more >>

The Math Forum: A Portal to Mathematics on the Internet

[Learning Station Session: Poster]
Suzanne Alejandre

Session Handout

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Purpose and Objectives: This Web Poster session will provide a tour of the Math Forum @ Drexel resources and interactive services, showing ways that the Web can be an effective tool for mathematics education. Because of the wide variety of options the Math Forum has available, this session will interest classroom teachers, technology specialists, and mathematics specialists.

Outline: The goal will be to demonstrate how the Math Forum works together as an online community of teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators, and citizens:

  • encouraging communication throughout the mathematical community,
  • offering model interactive projects,
  • making math-related web resources more accessible,
  • providing high-quality math and math education content,
  • growing with the Web,
  • and how you can participate in and benefit from our resources.

Common Core: Dilation and Similarity with Dynamic Geometry Software

[Concurrent Session: Model Lesson]
Max Ray
Steve Weimar

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Session webpage and handouts



Purpose and Objectives: Participants will be introduced to a problem solving strategy development approach that we have been using in low and high performing schools in order to increase student engagement in math, structure student-centered inquiry, and foster more rigorous math talk. We will model the development of mathematical thinking in which students connect conceptual understanding with strategic thinking and procedural fluency with the aid of dynamic geometry software.

Outline: Introduction to:

  • the problem solving strategy approach,
  • the key features of the dynamic geometry software contributing to the lesson
  • the facilitation challenges of the teacher concerning the math content, technology integration, and effective groupwork
  • reflection on the experience as students and the ways in which teachers can prepare students to succeed in such a learning context

Lesson: a guided inquiry into the connections between similarity and dilations using real-world scenarios of crime scenes and photos. Introduce problem solving methods that enable students to solve non-routine problems and develop confidence in their solutions.

Observers: Noticing the teacher facilitation moves that support student engagement, constructive talk, and progressive conceptual development. Identify student behaviors that serve as indicators of success and diagnostics for differentiating instruction.

Debrief: What is the experience like for the student? For the teacher? What are pre-requisite habits of mind and knowledge and how can these be developed to support success with such a learning activity?

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