EMAT 3500
Exploring Concepts (with Technology) in Secondary School Mathematics

Prerequisites for EMAT 3500 & 4680
MATH 2250, 2260 & 3000 and one of the following: MATH 3200, 2500 or 2700.
If you have not studied differential and integral calculus, and linear algebra you will not be able to enroll in these courses.

Course Overview
Students in EMAT 3500 will have the opportunity to:



Required Textbooks and Resources

Texts

Title: Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (with CD-ROM).
Also available via the NCTM web site (
click here for link).
Authors: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Publisher: NCTM

Title: Transforming Mathematics with The Geometer's Sketchpad
Authors: John Olive & Nicholas Oppong
Publisher: Not yet published.

Selected chapters available from the course outline web page.
The Outline and Introduction and chapters for Dr. Oppong's EMAT 4680 can be downloaded here:
    Outline
    Introduction
    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 4
    Chapter 5

Software and Technology

1. Access to the Internet and Email

2. Geometer's' Sketchpad Version 4, Student Edition
The student edition includes:

3. Fathom 2: Dynamic Statistics Software, Student Edition

NOTE: Items 2 and 3 are available in a bundle from 
the UGA Bookstore under EMAT 3500

4. TI-nSpire CAS handheld computer, TI-83 Plus or 84 Graphing Calculator (or equivalent)

We have a classroom set of TI-nSpire CAS handhelds for your use. 
You should be able to purchase a graphing calculator for under $100.00

Price compare at Best Buy, K-mart, Staples, Sam's, etc...
For more information go to:  http://education.ti.com/

5. (Optional) Graphing Calculator 3.2 for Mac or Windows
Order on-line from
http://www.pacifict.com/StudentDiscount.html
The student discount price is $40.  Make sure to order the correct version for your operating system (Mac or Windows).


Assignments

Weekly assignments will be provided. They will be discussed in class and due dates will be provided. One point will be deducted for each day that an assignment is turned in late (maximum point totals for each assignment are indicated on the class web-page).

Weekly assignments will consist of a variety of readings, writings, and mathematical & technological investigations.

The class will use fully ethernet networked computers in Aderhold Hall. All assignments will be given via the class web-page and turned in via upload to Dr. Olive's G5 computer via the local area network, or as an email attachment to Dr. Olive or his assistant(s). We will have access to and learn to use various network tools.

Portfolios

Each student will be required to create an electronic portfolio of work completed for this course. This portfolio will include selected readings, all assignments, and reflections. This portfolio will be reviewed and graded at the end of the semester.

Time on computers

You can not expect to accomplish what you should from this course without time on the computers that is in addition to the time we have in class. The usual expectation of 2 hours study outside of class for every hour in class is probably a minimum. There are several MacIntosh laboratories available in this building and across campus.

We are scheduled to hold this class in Aderhold Hall, room 112. A set of iBook G4 Macintosh computers will be available for use during class time. You may also bring your own laptop computer. Web access for the laptops is via the COE wireless network. For work outside of class, there are some additional PowerPC Macintosh computers in Room 233, Room 616, and in the EMAT Library. The Mathematics Education Macintosh Computer Lab (room 111/113) is also available when no classes are scheduled in it.

In general, the application programs we will use in this class will run on any of the Macintosh computers except the oldest machines. There are distinctions such as operating systems and hard disk drives that have to be accounted for. If you have your own Mac, or access to one, I will help you get set up to run these programs on it (if it is possible).

Most Macs today run with operating system 10.0 or higher. In general, as operating systems have improved over time, most people move to the newest system. Our machines in Room 111/113 and the laptops use System 10.5 (Mac OS X).

Most of our software is also available for Windows machines. The functionality of some other Windows software is similar to what we use. Certainly the Windows environment could be used for implementing this course. Students can work at home on a Windows computer and transport to these Macintosh machines via removable media (e.g. CD or USB drives) or the network (e.g. via email attachments).  Please note, however, that the Windows VISTA operating system can create problems for both running some applications and for transferring files.  If you have a choice, use Windows XP.


Attendance Policy

As part of being a professional teacher, regular participation in all course activities is required. On-time completion of assignments and arrival to class is expected. If at all possible, please notify me before missing a class meeting. All absences will be documented and attendance records will be used in calculating your final grade. Class attendance and participation will count a total of 30 points (one point per class period). Tardies will receive only half a point for each late attendance. Unexcused absentees will receive zero points. Excused absentees will receive half a point. Excused medical absences require documentation (a note) from your doctor or the Student Health Center. Other unavoidable absences must be approved by me BEFORE the time you will be absent. I may require written verification of the conflict.


Academic Honesty Policy

This course adheres to the honesty policy which states, “I will be academically honest in all of my academic work and will not tolerate academic dishonesty by others”. (UGA honor code) Details are available at http://www.uga.edu/honesty/


Grades and Requirements

It is my intention to base grades on performance in meeting the requirements of the course. This performance includes the following:

Class Attendance and Participation.......10% (30 points)

Assignments ..........................................40% (120 points)

Midterm Exam ......................................20% (60 points)

Portfolio.................................................10% (30 points)

Final Exam Project.................................20% (60 points)

Percentages will be based on a 300 point total for the course.


Academic Accommodations

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations need to contact the Disability Resource Center located in Clark Howell Hall or phone 706 542-8719 and also let Dr. Olive know of any required accommodations.


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