Course Description (freely adapted from Dr. Jim Wilson's Course).
This course was originally designed as a follow-up course to EMAT 4680/6680 and EMAT 4690/6690. EMAT 6700 is an extension of the previous two courses. We will continue to develop more depth with the use of various software applications to engage in mathematical investigations, to organize pedagogical demonstrations, and to set up problem explorations, and we will continue to emphasize the development of material that might be used with middle and secondary school students.
The change from EMAT 4680/6680 and 4690/6690 is that each student, or possibly pairs of students, in the course will select, develop, and carry out a major web-based project.
The students will develop their project using appropriate technology and place it on their web page on the Mathematics Education server. The emphasis is on exploration of various mathematical contexts to learn mathematics, to pose problems and problem extensions, to solve problems, and to communicate mathematical demonstrations. Use of multiple technologies is encouraged and direct connection to issues of school mathematics instruction is expected.
There will also be several readings from the current research literature on technology in mathematics education. You will be asked to write brief reaction papers to these articles and be prepared to discuss issues raised in the articles during our class time and/or post your ideas to a web-based discussion group.
Click here for details of the Major Project and grading criteria.
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The following software will be available for use:
The Geometer's Sketchpad, v. 4.06
Fathom v. 2
Graphing Calculator 3.0
Adobe PageMill 3.0 (for Web-page construction)
Netscape Composer (for web-page construction)
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Alert! For those of you who have not yet taken EMAT 6680 or 6690, we shall introduce the basic (and some advanced) functions of the listed software during the first week of classes. I shall require all participants who do not already have copies to order student versions of The Geometer's Sketchpad and Fathom 2.
Communication will be facilitated via e-mail and the course Home Page and each student should have an e-mail account.
Requirements for the Course
Attend classes as requested by the instructor.
Engage in mathematical explorations using a variety of software tools.
Read and respond to articles provided by the instructor.
Develop and carry out one major project. This must be carefully planned and approved by the instructor.
Objectives for the Course
To become familiar with and operational on modern computer systems.
To use application software to solve mathematical problems.
To use application software to create mathematical demonstrations.
To use application software to construct new ideas of mathematics for yourself.
To engage in mathematical investigations using software applications.
To engage in some independent investigations of mathematical topics from the middle or secondary school curriculum or topics appropriate for those levels.
To communicate mathematical ideas that arise from computer investigations using word processing and web technologies.
To communicate mathematical ideas via the computer applications.
To become familiar with recent issues in the literature regarding the use of technology in mathematics education.
To use general tools such as word processing, paint programs, web page construction and spread sheets to facilitate mathematical investigations and communication about mathematical investigations.
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UGA Academic Honesty Policy
The University of Georgia seeks to promote and ensure academic honesty and personal integrity among students and other members of the University Community. A policy on academic honesty has been developed to serve these goals. All members of the academic community are responsible for knowing the policy and procedures on academic honesty.
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Links to prior students' projects:
Roy Jones, 2005
Michelle Greene and Cheryl Self, 2005
Katherine Huffman & Brooke Norman, 2005
Margaret Sloan, 2005
Mary Beth Wiggins, 2004
Kyungsoon Jeon and Larry Shook
Links to some web resources (these will be updated periodically, so check back often!)
The Math Forum
David Arnold's Introduction to Fathom
Links to On-line Data Sources (for import to Fathom)
Fathom Data Sets
Fathom Survey Login
Steve Benson's "Ways to Think About Mathematics"
Trigonometry at McCallie
Michael de Villiers' Web Page
JavaSketchpad Example (Eccentric Conics)
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics
NRICH Mathematics Entertainment Club
Logo Programming Languages
Logo for Windows machines
StarLogo and Connected Mathematics
State and National Curricula and Standards
Georgia Performance Standards (mathematics)
UK National Curriculum in Mathematics
NCTM Principles and Standards Online
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