eLearning Tools for STEM

Oct 6, 2009 by

For anyone who has ever had trouble convincing your administration to give you the proper tools to teach online, I give you this little gift: eLearning Tools for STEM, published today in eLearning Magazine.


The tools for STEM eLearning

  1. Tablets
  2. Recording & editing software
  3. Jing
  4. Equation software and training
  5. Synchronous communication system
  6. Online homework system

Other head-turning resources for STEM

  • Wolfram Demonstrations
  • Digital libraries (a lengthy list)
  • Video collections (another list)
  • TI-SmartView

Other tips (about accessibility, computer labs, etc) can be found at the end of the article.

You can read about all the tools, and why I recommend them, by going to the article, eLearning Tools for STEM.

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Trends in Reform Instructional Strategies for Math

Apr 9, 2009 by

I spent most of the day yesterday compiling data from the last four CBMS reports to get a sense of how widely adopted reform instructional practices are being used in mathematics.  The graphs are interesting.  You will probably want to view these with full screen to see all the graph details.

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Some general trends:

Community College math faculty adopt reform instructional strategies at higher rates than 4-yr instructors.

PhD faculty at 4-yr schools have the lousiest adoption rates for everything except for Online Resource Systems (can you say online homework in large lecture sections?).  To be fair, they tend to teach more large lecture hall sections, and may find it more difficult to use strategies like writing and group assignments with 100+ students.

Graphing Calculators are the most-widely adopted reform instructional strategy.

Use of Group Assignments, Writing Assignments, and Computer Assignments has been sliding backwards.  Since community college faculty seem to be more willing than 4-year instructors to adopt instructional innovations, and they are rejecting these, it should be interesting to see why.

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History of Tools in the Teaching of Math

Mar 25, 2009 by

Somewhere around hour #28 of dissertation research, I began looking for the answer to this question:

Anyone know a resource where someone has documented a timeline of math technologies for teaching or math innovations (pedagogical) that have been introduced?

Today (at hour #53) I stumbled across a possible answer to this question. Yes, there is a book (with a 2008 copyright) that outlines tools of American Mathematics Teaching.  I’ve got it ordered, so I can’t review it yet, but for those of you intrigued about technologies (computer-based and other) I thought I would at least pass along the resource!

toolsamericanmathteachingIn Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800–2000, Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, Amy Ackerberg—Hastings, and David Lindsay Roberts present the first systematic historical study of the objects used in the American mathematics classroom. They discuss broad tools of presentation and pedagogy (not only blackboards and textbooks, but early twentieth—century standardized tests, teaching machines, and the overhead projector), tools for calculation, and tools for representation and measurement. Engaging and accessible, this volume tells the stories of how specific objects such as protractors, geometric models, slide rules, electronic calculators, and computers came to be used in classrooms, and how some disappeared.

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TI Calculator featured in SNL

Dec 7, 2008 by

Just in case you don’t always watch SNL, here’s the video from Saturday’s show, which included two brothers, being really excited to get a TI calculator. I wonder if this qualifies SNL with points for the TI-Volume Purchase Program?

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