John Goebel - Onsite Participant
The North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics
John Goebel has 27 years of teaching experience and has received both the Presidential Award and the Tandy Scholar Award. He currently teaches Calculus on campus at the NC School of Science & Mathematics, and offers two courses via distance learning to schools around the state of North Carolina. His Calculus course parallels the textbook Contemporary Calculus Through Applications, which was authored at NCSSM.
John plans to work on two projects this summer:
- "The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has been providing courses for students and inservice workshops for teachers across the state of North Carolina for the past five years. While we have been using two-way audio and video between our campus and up to three other schools simulataneously, we know that this technology is not only expensive, it is very restrictive. Scheduling several schools to all meet at the same time can be a nightmare. For this reason, we are moving toward putting courses on the Internet. My course, which is actually a team-teaching collaboration with current AP Calculus teachers, is the first course to already have extensive material on the internet.
"Currently nearly all of the material on this site is in the form of Mathcad files which students and teachers can open at their site to study or review lessons interactively. I would like to expand the site so that an individual student at a school in North Carolina that does not offer AP Calculus could access the site and take an AP course as a part of our distance learning effort.
- "The second project that I will work on is a site for the North Carolina State High School Mathematics Contest. This contest is in its twentieth year. Last year I started a Web site for the contest where students could learn more about the contest, find recent tests and results, and learn about the qualifying sites for the contest and colleges that offer scholarships. Students were even able to register online for the contest, if they qualified. I hope to find ways to make this site more useful to teachers, parents, and students."
John is contemplating adding a Problem of the Week project to this site.
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