Marjorie Ader - Onsite Participant
Platte Canyon High School, Bailey, Colorado
Marjorie Ader teaches Algebra I, Algebra III, Computer Science, and Adventures in Supercomputing (AiS) at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, CO. Her classroom contains eleven Macs that are connected to the Internet.
Marjorie's Adventures in Supercomputing class, developed through a grant from the Department of Energy administered by Colorado State University, is based on the Internet. The main objective for students is to develop computational science projects and to design their own Web pages for displaying their work. Marjorie's involvement in this program since 1993 has provided her school and the school district with an Internet connection.
The Math Department at Platte Canyon has completely revised the 9-12 curriculum for better alignment with the NCTM Standards and the Colorado State Standards, writing its own curriculum for Algebra I, Algebra II, and Algebra III and receiving an award from the North Central Accreditation Team for this work. Only Algebra III has a textbook, which is used as a reference. The Geometry, Precalculus, and Calculus classes are also being revised and updated.
Marjorie would like to develop lesson plans using available Internet resources that would enrich the mathematics curriculum. Three years ago she participated in a program through U.S. West (the phone company) that promoted the development of lesson plans which use the internet. She looks forward to spending an uninterrupted week developing Internet projects and identifying Internet resources. Her current ideas include:
- In addition to using Internet mentors in the AiS class, having her math students communicate with professionals in the field of mathematics about topics covered in class. (Students are willing to listen to professionals and enjoy learning how topics discussed in class are actually applied.)
- Having students research math projects and possibly work with students from other schools on joint projects.
- Developing lesson plans for short enrichment assignments from math topics and resources found on the Internet.
- Experimenting with video over IP in the AiS class. With improved technology this may be another method of communicating with other students.
Marjorie believes the Forum can provide the time, tools, suggestions, and the support and encouragement of peers and colleagues who are involved in a common interest, saying "When you work with others, you gain from their experiences and you are able to share your own experiences as well."
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