**Computers in Mathematics Education, Spring Semester, 1999.**

January 7 - May 5

8:00 - 9:15 a.m. Tues., Thurs

**Instructors**: John Olive, 105F Aderhold Hall, 542-4557

Keith Leatham, 105H Aderhold Hall, 542-4543e-mail: jolive@coe.uga.edu kleatham@coe.uga.edu

**Office hours**: John: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and
by appointment

Keith: by appointment

(Borrowed freely from Dr. James W. Wilson's course description)

This course will concentrate on using various software applications to solve mathematics problems, to organize pedagogical demonstrations, and to set up problem explorations. The students will use application software owned by the Department of Mathematics Education and will carry out the course using primarily Macintosh computers.

The emphasis is on exploration of various mathematics contexts to learn
mathematics, to pose problems and problem extensions, to solve problems,
and to communicate mathematical demonstrations.

The required text for this course is the Student Edition of
** The
Geometer's Sketchpad, **available from the UGA bookstore. This will
be the primary software used during this course and EMAT 4690. The student
edition costs approximately $40 and includes everything that is in the
full-price individual package except for a three-ring binder! This will
be the students' very own copy that they can use on their home machines
or on one classroom machine when they are in schools. (It should be removed
from the school machine when they leave the school.) More importantly,
this will provide students with full documentation on the program and thus
allow them to explore the capabilities of the software in much greater
depth than any course handouts can provide.

The class will use fully ethernet networked computers in Room 111/113. Most assignments will be given and turned in via the network. We will have access to and learn to use various network tools. All students will be required to have an active e-mail account as electronic mail will be the primary mode of communication outside of class.

Students will need a few High Density (HD) 2 Mb capacity 3.5" disks.

For those who can not resist killing off a few trees, there is a printer . . .

**Electronic Portfolios**

All work for this course will be kept in Electronic Portfolios. These will be saved on students' floppy disks as well as in the instructor's shared folder on his hard drive. Each week there will be challenge or follow-up investigations based on the classroom explorations. At least one of these follow-up investigations will be written up and saved in the students' electronic portfolios along with the results of the classroom explorations.

**Reports on the Standards and other readings**

Students will be required to write a report on how the new NCTM *Standards*
documents provide for the use of technology in the mathematics teaching
and learning enterprise. These reports will be included in their electronic
portfolios and should include example activities to illustrate the recommendations.
Short reflections on other assigned readings will also be included in their
portfolios.

**Final Project**

The Final Project for this course will be the development of a teaching unit that makes use of at least one of the technological tools that students have been using in this class. This unit will be a group effort and should cover at least four lessons with students. At the midpoint of the semester students will form into groups of four to choose a topic for their final project. The intent is to implement this project with high school students during the next semester (as part of EMAT 5360).

**Final Exam/Presentation**

The final exam will be the presentation of the groups' Projects to the rest of the class, including class participation activities. These presentations will take place during the final exam period: 8:00 - 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 5, 1999.

Grading will be based on the following criteria:

- Participation in class activities and discussions . . . . (10% of total grade)- Electronic Portfolios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (50% total)

Classroom investigations (5%)- Final Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (25% total)Follow-up activities (20%)

Reports on the

Standards(20%)Reflections on readings (5%)

Group effort (15%)- Final Presentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(15% total)Individual effort (10%)

Group effort (10%)Individual effort (5%)

Students can not expect to accomplish what they 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.

**A note on computers**

We are scheduled to hold this class in Room 111/113 with a laboratory
of Macintosh Power PC computers. The Power PCs are in the family of the
most advanced computers in the Macintosh line. There are some additional
Macintosh computers in Rooms 228, 229, 615, and in the EMAT office area
(Rm. 105G). *MS Windows* versions of some applications are available.