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Math in Your Hands


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Integrating the Use of Maple with the Collaborative Use of Wireless Tablet PCs. Workshop on the Impact of Pen-Based Technology on Education (poster session), Purdue University, October 16, 2008.

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Math in Your Hands

  1. 1. <ul><li>Goals </li></ul><ul><li>foster student engagement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>active learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>integration of Computer Algebra System (Maple) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>present students with an example in Maple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>send it to students’ tablets wirelessly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>permanent record for students to replay dynamically </li></ul></ul><ul><li>experimentation during class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>students can change different aspects of examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>send results back to instructor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students don’t need to know Maple syntax </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Acknowledgments </li></ul><ul><li>Summer support and other assistance through RHIT Office of Institutional Research and Development </li></ul><ul><li>MapleNet Software generously contributed by Maplesoft </li></ul><ul><li>Considerable design advice provided by Richard Layton </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Tablet PCs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>always present in classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pen-enabled </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DyKnow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>send information from instructor to student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and student to instructor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students and instructor can annotate and synchronize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>allows embedded web pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MapleNet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maple worksheets translated into web pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can embed into DyKnow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2D and 3D graphs and animations become java applets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphs and animations come with controls students can manipulate </li></ul></ul>Integrating the Use of Maple with the Collaborative Use of Wireless Tablet PCs Math in Your Hands <ul><li>Selected References </li></ul><ul><li>A. Chidanandan, R. DeVasher, P. Ferro, D. Fisher, S. Mitra Kirtley, L. Merkle, D. Mutchler, M. Simoni, S. Sexton, and J. Williams, “Evaluating the Symbiosis of DyKnow Software and Pen-Based Computing in the Rose-Hulman Classroom,” The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technology on Education 2007: Beyond the Tipping Point , ed. J. Prey, R. Reed, and D. Berque, Purdue University Press, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>J. R. Hubbard, “Use of Pen-based Technology in Calculus Courses,” The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technology on Education: Vignettes, Evaluations, and Future Directions . Ed. D. Berque, J. Prey, and R. Reed. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue UP, 2006. </li></ul>Daily “concept question” polls can be conducted with DyKnow. Students can manipulate animations and 3D graphs on their Tablet PCs. Maple calculations can be effectively presented using DyKnow. Students can use DyKnow to create and return group work. Much integration can be done with existing tools! “ Tablet PC's are fun and effective in class, but only if the teacher takes full advantage of the tablets to do things that normal laptops cannot do. Personally, I like the ability to annotate graphs and personalize notes and figures. Also, the ability to submit slides and to make concept questions are really interesting methods of teaching are ensuring that concepts are being absorbed by students.” --- Anonymous student comment (But pedagogy is still up to the instructor.) Notes regarding answers --- appear on students’ tablets Results of poll added to slide Question sent to students Original question sent to students Answers and work returned by students Corrections and notes made by instructor Students can also cut and paste work from Maple (not shown) Further notes added by instructor Maple calculation prepared by instructor Answer provided by Maple and pre-inserted by instructor Animation with toolbar and menus; students can play and manipulate 3D graph with menus; students can rotate, scale, pan, etc. Purple “private ink” --- appears on overhead but not on students’ tablets Joshua Holden Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology