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Using Technology to Engage Today’s Math Students : 

Using Technology to Engage Today’s Math Students Maria H. Andersen Muskegon Community College www.teachingcollegemath.com

where I began : 

where I began

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computer-based learning (in 1984)

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we’ve learned many other technologies along the way

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MathCad and ChemCad

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in grad school, I learned to teach with TI calculators

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fast forward to today

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teaching calculus online

Using Technology to Engage : 

Using Technology to Engage Online Homework LMS Discussion boards Jing Interactive materials Synchronous online communication Wolfram Alpha YOUR videos Web 2.0 Games

Technology-rich courses that engage students start like this ... : 

Technology-rich courses that engage students start like this ...

and then we build a shell : 

and then we build a shell

even though the courses might be different, the foundation is similar : 

even though the courses might be different, the foundation is similar

Using Technology to Engage : 

Using Technology to Engage LMS

now we need to free up some time : 

now we need to free up some time

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Algorithmically-generated problems

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Instant Feedback

Video Game Culture : 

Video Game Culture = ?

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Quest for Points

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homework motivates viewing and reading the lessons and essentially sets the course schedule

now for the confession : 

now for the confession

[ we no longergo over homeworkin class ] : 

[ we no longergo over homeworkin class ]

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Using Technology to Engage Online Homework LMS

Give students a place to collaborate, discuss, and ask questions : 

Give students a place to collaborate, discuss, and ask questions

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Math students will participate in a “social” environment.

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Math students will participate in a “social” environment

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Each “topic” consists Of multiple posts

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Each “topic” consists Of multiple posts

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two secrets of successful discussion boards

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email questions in office questions before class questions after class hints study tips for tests

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points

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Using Technology to Engage Online Homework LMS Discussion boards

Give students tools that allow them to create and contribute : 

Give students tools that allow them to create and contribute

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If you can get the mathematics to your computer screen, you can share it.

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How are you going to see their work? Some images from: http://www.sxc.hu

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let’s take a look

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Students can also record and share short videos of up to 5 minutes

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http://tinyurl.com/nkz84h

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http://tinyurl.com/mxg3a7

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http://tinyurl.com/mavmdo

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Using Technology to Engage Online Homework LMS Discussion boards Jing

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Wolfram Demonstrations

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http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/

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http://nlvm.usu.edu/

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Textbook Interactives

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TED Talks http://www.ted.com

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http://web.monroecc.edu/calcNSF/

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http://tinyurl.com/7rdr33

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Using Technology to Engage Online Homework LMS Discussion boards Jing Interactive materials

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Did I mention this is free?

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and on every computer that has Internet access?

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To see a graph of this function, go here.

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Inquiry-based Learning

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Louis

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Synchronous time can be initiated by the instructor.

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Louis Marcus

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Louis

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Enter ... Marcus.

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Marcus is actually working on the same problem (page) as Louis. Marcus would not have gone to the discussion board because Marcus wasn’t having any trouble with the assignment.

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Louis and Marcus can SEE that each other are there.

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What Louis sees.

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What Marcus sees.

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Louis and Marcus now have several options for communication … text chat audio chat audio and video chat writing on screen sharing desktop using calculator using equation editor taking screenshots

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Louis Marcus Zelda

Using Technology to Engage : 

Using Technology to Engage Online Homework LMS Discussion boards Jing Interactive materials Wolfram Alpha Synchronous online communication

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i record video lessons In short, bite-sized “chunks”

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links to Screencast videos

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http://tinyurl.com/mdabnb

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students teaching each other http://tinyurl.com/lgt8sk

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http://tinyurl.com/ktdclr

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http://tinyurl.com/nj5abm

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http://tinyurl.com/my6udz

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http://tinyurl.com/lcmka5

Using Technology to Engage : 

Using Technology to Engage Online Homework LMS Discussion boards Jing Interactive materials Synchronous online communication Wolfram Alpha YOUR videos

Using Technology to Engage : 

Using Technology to Engage Online Homework LMS Discussion boards Jing Interactive materials Synchronous online communication Wolfram Alpha YOUR videos Web 2.0

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well, if you aren’t shocked yet ...

Using Technology to Engage : 

Using Technology to Engage Online Homework LMS Discussion boards Jing Interactive materials Synchronous online communication Wolfram Alpha YOUR videos Web 2.0 Games

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avoid the urge to be an academic zombie

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Signs of academic zombification apathy instead of creativity mindless conformity “All I have to do is turn this on And it does the teaching for me!”

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in the end, the zombies are always eradicated

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how do you start?

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you start

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