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Technology and mathematics

  1. 1. Technology in Mathematics<br />Using technology to help meet the needs of developmental students.<br />
  2. 2. Examples of Technology<br />Graphing calculators<br />Instructional videos<br />My Math Lab, ALEKS<br />Smart boards<br />Tablets<br />Clickers<br />Microsoft Mathematics Add-in to Word<br />
  3. 3. Technology Innovations in Developmental Math<br />American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges reports that in order for curriculum to be up-to-date, technology is essential.<br />2005 OVAE report recommends: more technology use in the classroom in order to supplement instruction, integrating classroom and lab instruction, variety of instructional methods, and accurate student placement into courses. <br />
  4. 4. Acceleration<br />Moving students through the developmental sequence at a faster pace.<br />Community College of Denver allows students to complete two levels of developmental classes in one semester using a self paced approach with My Math Lab. <br />
  5. 5. Fully Online Accelerated Developmental Math<br />Colorado Community Colleges Online allows students to take two levels of developmental mathematics in one semester fully online. SmartThinking is available to students for extra support.<br />
  6. 6. The Open Learning Initiative<br />Carnegie Mellon University offers web based courses using intelligent tutoring services, virtual labs and opportunities for assessment and feedback. Students work through the open and free OLI learning environment.<br />
  7. 7. Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI)<br />Supplements classroom instruction using commercial products such as My Math Lab, ALEKS, and Plato.<br />Allows students to address individual weaknesses using math tutorial/practice software.<br />
  8. 8. Web 2.0 Technology<br />Many instructors have integrated Web 2.0 technology into courses.<br />Examples include blogs,videos on You-tube, lectures on Second Life, My Space and Facebook pages.<br />
  9. 9. San Jacinto College<br />This semester we are piloting 6 sections of developmental mathematics at the Central Campus that are self paced using My Math Lab. The instructor and a tutor are available to the students for assistance and support during class time. <br />
  10. 10. Challenges<br />Traditional formats are often preferred by instructors.<br />Large number of adjuncts teaching at the community college level.<br />Funding.<br />Lack of professional developmental.<br />
  11. 11. Improvements needed in Developmental Education<br />Simply using technology as an add-on will not make dramatic improvements in developmental education. <br />Course redesign is needed in order to adequately prepare students for college level courses and the work force.<br />
  12. 12. Resources<br />Epper, R. M. & Baker, E. D. (2009). Technology <br /> Solutions for Developmental Math An Overview<br /> of Current and Emerging Practices.<br />