The purpose of the course project is to synthesize what you have learned about secondary school curriculum topics, teaching mathematics, learning mathematics, and the appropriate use of technology to enhance these topics and processes. The following project and presentation will serve as your cumulative final exam and are worth 60 points of your final grade.
An Overview
of the Project
The project will be a group effort.
You will form into groups of 3 based on your chosen mathematics
topic. You and your partners will plan and create a 23
day (assume 6070 minute class periods) investigation of a mathematics
topic that utilizes at least two technology tools explored in
this course. This project will include a clearly written lesson
plan and student materials, if needed. In addition to the investigation,
you will need to write a paper (one per group) that supports the
methods used in teaching the topic and how technology is extending
or enhancing the learning of this topic. You should use the NCTM
Principles and Standards document and, if appropriate, any other
readings from books or journals to support your methods. Your
paper will also include a reflections section about what you learned
in creating your course project.
Each group of students will share the investigation in a 30 minute class presentation. Approximately 15 minutes of that presentation should engage your classmates in a "glimpse" of the investigation you have planned. The remaining time should be used to discuss your rationale for the methods and technology used, personal reflections, and questions/comments from the group. Each member of your group should have a role in the presentation.
Suggestions
for Getting Started:
Choose a "big idea"
in Algebra that interests you (e.g., functions, modeling, conics,
statistics, formulas, matrices, trigonometry, data analysis, etc.).
Make a list of some of the major concepts and skills within that
"big idea". As you review the sources listed below,
you should further refine and focus your "big idea"
into a topic for a solid 23 day investigation at the grade level
of your choice.
Look through the website supporting the
NCTM Principles and Standards for suggestions related to your
topic of study, including the Illuminations site and the Electronic
Examples. You will need to cite which of the 6 Principles and
10 Standards you address in your investigation. These Principles
and Standards can be linked to your project in LiveText by using
the NCTMS standards (NOT the NCTM Standards) in LiveText.
You should also link your project activities to the relevant Georgia
Performance Standards (GAGPS).
Do a search on your topic both on the internet and/or in print journals such as Mathematics Teacher, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, and Learning and Leading with Technology (we have these journals in the math education library). Look for suggested ways to teach your topic. Look through textbooks and workbook materials for suggested activities that address your topic (look in Room 111/113 and the 2nd floor curriculum library) . You are required to reference at least 2 sources from which you found ideas, examples, etc.
And, most importantly, keep asking yourself critical questions about HOW and WHY technology enhances or extends the teaching and learning of your topic. Remember, you need to formulate a solid rationale in support of the teaching methods and technology you will use in your 23 day investigation of this mathematics topic.
I. Lesson Plans, Rationale, and Reflections


1. Describe your "big idea", the important concepts and skills related to that big idea, and the focused topic for your investigation. For whom is this unit designed? Describe the grade level and course where your investigation could be taught. Also describe the prerequisite skills and concepts that are essential for students to be successful in your investigation. (23 paragraphs) 

2. List and briefly discuss the NCTM Principles and Standards and the Georgia Performance Standards that are addressed in your investigation and that support the methods and technology used. (1 page max) 

3. Provide a lesson plan that includes classroom procedures, guiding questions for students, and an outline of what you and the students will be doing throughout the investigation. The format of this plan is flexible. Be sure to also include samples of any worksheets or handouts that would be used by students. 

4. Discuss a wellformulated rationale in support of your methods and technology used for investigating the mathematics topic. The rationale should contain evidence of a synthesis of the information you learned from the NCTM Principles and Standards, textbooks, and literature, as well as other sources you may have referenced. (13 pages) 

5. Write a reflection on developing the investigation. What did you and your partners learn about the mathematics topic? What did you learn about teaching this topic and students' understandings of this topic? What did you learn about the use of technology for this topic? (1 page ) 

TOTAL POINTS 

II. 30minute class presentation


Provide a clear understanding of the "Big Idea" and the target group, including assumed prerequisite skills and where this unit fits in the curriculum. (~ 5 minutes) 

Provide a clear "glimpse" at the investigation that actively engages the class in using the technology. (~10 minutes) 

Provide a clear concise summary of your rationale for the methods and technology used. (~10 minutes) 

Provide a brief "glimpse" at your personal reflections on developing this investigation. (~5 minutes) 

TOTAL POINTS 

III. Assessment of Individual Contributions to the Group Effort.
One issue
with group work is determining the contributions that individual
members made to the group project. We shall use an anonymous
rating sheet where each member of the group will assign
a percentage to each group member that indicates that member's
contribution to the group project (including their own contribution).
I shall then sum these percentages for each member of the
group. Ideally these summed percentages would add to 100%
for each member. This anonymous procedure allows group members
to assess their own contribution relative to the others in the
group. Some people may feel that they did the lion's share
of the work, while others may realize that they didn't pull their
weight. I shall use these summed percentages as scale factors
for each member of the group when assigning individual points.
For example, if the group project results in a total of
60 points, and the summed percentages across the three members
of the group are as follows: student A  110%, student B  90%,
student C  100%, then A would receive 60x1.1=66, B would receive
60x0.9=54 and C would receive 60 points.