The goal of this assignment is for you to deepen your understanding of a technological application and its use in mathematics instruction. Tasks include (1) choose a technology in which you have some prior skills, (2) develop expertise in using the technology, (3) create an instructional application that demonstrates your expertise, and (4) present the results to your peers.
II. TASK DETAILS
Rationale Statement – 10 points
Type a 250-400 word statement that addresses each of the following:
- Give an overview of your teaching role, such as teaching experience and grade level.
- Describe your prior experience with both the technology and the mathematical topic in which you focused your project efforts.
- Explain why learning about this topic is beneficial to you on a professional level.
- List the goals of your instructional application.
Application – 40 points
Create your instructional application to illustrate both your new expertise in the technology application and your understanding of good mathematics instruction. Desirable features of the instructional module include:
- Mathematical Content – the application should support at least 2 hours of math learning
- Advanced Technology– extends beyond typical features of content from the technology
- Integration of Technology – technology supports increased mathematical understanding
Presentation with Reference Guide – 30 points
Talk to the class for 8-12 minutes about your learning process and how others can use what you’ve learned to be better math teachers. During the presentation, hand out a 1-page Reference Guide. The guide should include (a) the goals of your application, (b) the intended users (e.g., teachers, students), and (c) a brief description of your application. Choose a visually appealing format for the guide, and include at least one image or diagram.
Reflection – 20 points
Type a 350-500 word statement reflecting on the process you went through for the project. Describe the (a) obstacles you faced, (b) challenges you overcame, (c) problem solving skills you used, and (d) extensions you might want to consider in the future.
III. “HARD” DEADLINES
- Be prepared to present to your peers during class on Wednesday, April 20th.
- Submit your completed Rational Statement, Application, and Reflection by Monday, May 9th at 11:59pm
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