Using Technology

to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics and Science

SMED R729

 


I. Descriptive Information

A. Course Title: Using Technology to Enhance the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics and Science

B. Course Description: This course is designed to enable teachers to learn to use technology to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science at the middle and high school levels. Technology will include graphing calculators and handheld data collection devices (the Calculator Based Laboratory and the Calculator Based Ranger).

C. Course Credit: 3 graduate hours

D. Intended Audience: Middle school and high school mathematics and science teachers.

E. Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth (Betty) Gasque; e-mail bgasque@aol.com

F. Dates, times, and location of class meetings: Mondays, January 13 - May 5, 2003 (January 13, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April, 14, 21, 28, and May 5, 2003)

G. 4:30 - 7:30 PM, RPSEC Room 218, USC Aiken / Course Fee: $150

II. Course Goals and Objectives

A. Goals

1. To familiarize teachers with the recommendations of the South Carolina Mathematics and Science Curriculum Standards with respect to the use of technology in the classroom.

2. To familiarize teachers with technologies that can be used to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science, including graphing calculators, the Calculator Based Laboratory, and the Calculator Based Ranger.

3. To familiarize teachers with Internet web sites that contain data sets appropriate for mathematics and science classrooms.

4. To develop instructional strategies and techniques needed to effectively integrate the use of technology in the mathematics and science curriculum.

5. To encourage the use of interdisciplinary activities in the classroom and cooperative work among teachers from different disciplines.

B. Objectives

The professional teacher will be able to:

1. demonstrate proficiency with the use of graphing calculators, the Calculator Based Laboratory, and Calculator Based Ranger in the context of activities appropriate for the teacher's teaching assignment;

2. develop lessons designed to develop mathematics and science concepts through the use of graphing calculators and hands-on activities.

3. develop lessons designed to develop mathematics and science concepts through the use of graphing calculators and real world data.

 

III. Major Topics To Be Addressed

1. Recommendations of the South Carolina Mathematics and Science Curriculum Standards with respect to data analysis and the use of technology in the mathematics and science classroom

2. Using graphing calculators, the Calculator Based Laboratory, and the Calculator Based Ranger to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science concepts

3. Using the Internet to access "real data" to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics and science concepts

4. Examining data for patterns and representing patterns with graphs, tables, words, and symbols.

5. Using graphs and tables of data to illustrate the relationship among variables and to describe trends of growth and decline

 

IV. Required Texts and Materials

1. South Carolina Mathematics Curriculum Standards or the South Carolina Science Curriculum Standards (student will bring from his/her school)

2. Handheld Graphing Technology at the Secondary Level:

Research Findings and Implications for Classroom Practice (provided)

3. Calculator Based Laboratory and Calculator Based Ranger Activities (provided by the instructor)

4. Student Activities (provided by the instructor)

 

V. Administrative Requirements - Attendance Policy and Tardiness Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes, arrive on time, and participate in class discussions.

 

VI. Academic Requirements

1. Proficiency Demonstrations. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the graphing calculator to collect data with the Calculator Based Laboratory and the Calculator Based Ranger.

2. Technology Research Readings and Research Article Précis. Complete reading assignments from the publication Handheld Graphing Technology at the Secondary Level: Research Findings and Implications for Classroom Practice and be prepared to discuss readings in class. Locate an additional research article in a mathematics or science publication. Write a précis of the article and share the major findings of the research with the class

3. Lesson Development (Lesson template will be provided.). Teachers are encouraged to work in teams on the development and presentation of one lesson.

(a) Lesson One: Develop a lesson designed to develop mathematics and science concepts through the use of graphing calculators and hands-on activities. Lessons should incorporate two or more strands of the South Carolina Mathematics or Science Curriculum;

(b) Lesson Two: Choose one of the following options:

Option One: Develop a lesson designed to develop mathematics and science concepts through the use of graphing calculators and Calculator Based Laboratories or Calculator Based Rangers. Lessons should incorporate two or more strands of the South Carolina Mathematics or Science Curriculum;

Option Two Develop a lesson designed to develop mathematics and science concepts using data from an Internet web site. Lessons should incorporate two or more strands of the South Carolina Mathematics or Science Curriculum;

4. Class Lesson Presentation. Present one of the lessons developed to address the third Academic Requirement to the class. Presentation time is approximately 15 minutes. If two teachers developed a lesson, they may present the lesson together. Copies of the lesson should be provided for all class members.

 

VII. Evaluation of Students

Assignments will be graded with a traditional 100-point grading scale. The final grade will be the weighted average of the assignments below.

Assignment

Percentage of Final Grade

Proficiency Demonstrations

15%

Technology Research Readings and Research Article Précis

20%

Lessons 1 and 2

50%

Class Lesson Presentation

15%

Grading scale:

A (4.0): 90-100

B+ (3.5): 85-89

B (3.0): 80-84

C+ (2.5): 75-79

C (2.0): 70-74

NC: Below 70

W (Withdrawal)

IN (Incomplete)


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