tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.comments2017-11-15T13:29:50.118-05:00CLIME ConnectionsIhor Charischakhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comBlogger196125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-69511169454894748802017-10-04T12:13:57.837-04:002017-10-04T12:13:57.837-04:00I too feel bad for the Math Forum. They had a very...I too feel bad for the Math Forum. They had a very comfortable situation and they helped a lot of teachers at conferences. But I liked the old Math Forum when they were doing those "radical" CWACs in the 90s well before NCTM had any strong interest in computer labs. Hopefully they will rediscover their roots and come up with something interesting in the future.Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-78283526824775852812017-10-04T11:54:32.667-04:002017-10-04T11:54:32.667-04:00I have mixed feelings about it. See my reply to Ge...I have mixed feelings about it. See my reply to George. (I'm writing it after I post this.)Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-48923207210746955102017-10-03T17:41:29.880-04:002017-10-03T17:41:29.880-04:00Yes, this is indeed a sad turn of events. I listen...Yes, this is indeed a sad turn of events. I listened to the webinar by Matt Larson last week. Does not seem that anyone is feeling good about how this played out. GeorgeRhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04299245462520101075noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-32591568857689585402017-10-03T12:34:35.267-04:002017-10-03T12:34:35.267-04:00This is truly unfortunate (in my humble opinion). ...This is truly unfortunate (in my humble opinion). The Math Forum has always been a well-spring of fresh ideas.Toddhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/12597358300656741716noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-79202635789572085952017-08-27T15:33:24.614-04:002017-08-27T15:33:24.614-04:00Hi Ihor, I wonder if there's a tipping point o...Hi Ihor, I wonder if there's a tipping point on this when phones and computers become ubiquitous, teachers are going to have to find a way to use them or be replaced by them?<br /><br />In some of the classrooms I visit, I see teachers in competition with devices. They lose. Unfortunately, what the lose to is of little educational value. <br /><br />My hope is that out of this dire situation we can create new contracts for learning with young people and adults to create better learning for all concerned. <br /><br />I like you too, Ihor! <br />For those interested, you can see some of our stuff at<br />https://ctrl.education.illinois.edu/ltec <br /><br />-George<br />GeorgeRhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04299245462520101075noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-71155197663183449902017-08-25T12:16:30.981-04:002017-08-25T12:16:30.981-04:00I enjoyed reading your blog! CS should rule the da...I enjoyed reading your blog! CS should rule the day. I tried to tell Matt Larson that Math education is NOT necessarily STEM education. (See http://www.clime.org/2017/07/math-education-is-stem-education-really.html) But the powers that be at NCTM resist it (CS) as if it were a plague. I assume the new president-elect will not be any different than all the presidents that came before him. I talked with George Reese recently. His project involves using Scratch a great deal and he thinks that all the subjects will start to blend together and eventually schools will be hybrids and CS will become prominent. I like George a lot! :-)Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-79603290777776245192017-08-25T11:52:12.012-04:002017-08-25T11:52:12.012-04:00You have been working on solving this problem as l...You have been working on solving this problem as long as I have been working on using computer science (coding) to practice problem solving. Retired now and keep trying to flip math instruction, but getting very frustrated. What are you doing to solve this problem? See http://teachertech.rice.edu/Participants/knorth/algebra/index.htm and http://knorth.edublogs.org/ for my research.Karen Northhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06182672108577105321noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-58105117513348671972017-07-31T11:09:00.118-04:002017-07-31T11:09:00.118-04:00MTBoS (mtbos.org) came to the rescue!MTBoS (mtbos.org) came to the rescue!Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-55551179517600558862017-07-31T10:57:45.476-04:002017-07-31T10:57:45.476-04:00I didn't have to bring up the issue, David, it...I didn't have to bring up the issue, David, it was the theme of the conference. I'll be posting about it soon.<br />Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-52544166847190653762017-07-20T10:45:11.935-04:002017-07-20T10:45:11.935-04:00I'll definitely bring up this issue at the Aff...I'll definitely bring up this issue at the Affiliates Conference in Baltimore this weekend.Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-88640181744122056022017-05-09T16:23:12.608-04:002017-05-09T16:23:12.608-04:00Yes, let's make that another CLIME to do. How...Yes, let's make that another CLIME to do. How shall we phrase it? How does this sound? CLIME shall focus on issues related to how CLIME can incorporate ideas around equity and access to technology. Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-33574931445823101882017-05-09T13:10:50.926-04:002017-05-09T13:10:50.926-04:00I'm interested in how we can incorporate ideas...I'm interested in how we can incorporate ideas around equity and access to technology in our work? How can we make sure that ALL students have appropriate access to technology and time to learn how to use it?Davidhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08098221991466148258noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-77321482654209374762017-02-05T11:24:22.681-05:002017-02-05T11:24:22.681-05:00I actually was influenced by Bruce and Will's ...I actually was influenced by Bruce and Will's white paper to post this blog. May this spirit of renewal gain traction.Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-4293432021840795632017-02-04T18:49:26.930-05:002017-02-04T18:49:26.930-05:00Re-envisioning school resources is a passion of mi...Re-envisioning school resources is a passion of mine (along with discarding the idea of "textbook"). The process is starting and will gain momentum as more people get better devices and are more comfortable with constructing their academic space rather than having it given to them.<br />It was interesting that you posted about the need to start-afresh at the same time Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon released their white paper : http://modernlearners.com/10-principles-schools-modern-learning/ Cal Armstronghttps://www.blogger.com/profile/02642522526193382560noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-61611348127057630302016-05-22T14:29:51.142-04:002016-05-22T14:29:51.142-04:00Ihor,
I recently presented a session at the NCTM c...Ihor,<br />I recently presented a session at the NCTM conference in San Francisco. I used dynamic geometry to illustrate how the Pythagorean Theorem could be extended. I happened to use the TI-Nspire CX calculator for this session but I mentioned that any dynamic geometry package could do the same thing. The focus of the session was on the mathematics involved, not the technology. I can't imagine trying to do this presentation without technology. Dynamic geometry makes Transformational Geometry easy to use and immediately gets to the mathematics involved.<br /> <br />Ray KleinIhor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-69305795808324549842016-05-18T19:59:17.153-04:002016-05-18T19:59:17.153-04:00I'm going to add to the mix: I want an opportu...I'm going to add to the mix: I want an opportunity to USE the technology, not sit around and watch someone else use it. Almost every piece of technology I know really well I had access to the technology and an instructional manual (or Google) when I got stuck and I'm usually able to answer 99% of my questions that way.<br /><br />I know that most people want to know a little bit about WHY they would want to use some technology so my guess is that a tech-focused session should start with why. "Why does this help kids learn math?" "Why would I use this technology and not some other technology?"<br /><br />Then I want a chance to ignore the presenter while they show other people some basic stuff in the tool and play with the tool myself. Ideally at some point I get to see what other people have created with the tool and hear how they solved the problems they had.Davidhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08098221991466148258noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-84710005413538128412016-05-09T18:05:53.327-04:002016-05-09T18:05:53.327-04:00Of course, I agree with all the comments. Math and...Of course, I agree with all the comments. Math and pedagogy is what it's all about. However I have to say that in my experience, many teachers want and need help with how to use specific tools, be they electronic or low tech (manipulatives). <br /><br />So for example, as an attendee at a conference, if I see a talk with "Desmos" in the title, I would be drawn to it, because this is a great tool I don't know much about. At the Northern CA meeting last December, it turned out I was not the only one: those sessions were completely sold out and I couldn't get in. That tells you something.<br /><br />Meanwhile, as a presenter, I have found that I can get a lot of ideas about math and pedagogy in a tool-centered workshop. <br /><br />All this to say that this is not an easy question to answer. I would not venture to make a list of do's and don'ts as people's needs are varied, presenters have many options in preparing their talks, and many roads lead to where we'd like to go.Henri Picciottohttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06875198126877279937noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-71717981345306475682016-05-09T14:11:37.127-04:002016-05-09T14:11:37.127-04:00Math teachers have to sell a subject that most of ...Math teachers have to sell a subject that most of their students are not fond of, so I will use anything that will create interest. At conferences, I attend sessions to get ideas to make math more interesting to my students and will help me become a better teacher. I will use any tool at my disposal to make the subject more palatable (and fun) for my students, pique their interest, and make the math come alive. <br /><br />Technology is one tool that can help me accomplish this goal and make mathematics more accessible to students. It is a means, not an end. As stated in the Standards for Mathematical Practice, “Use Appropriate Tools Strategically,” using technology is not about mouse clicks or calculator keystrokes. It should be used effectively enhance learning.<br /><br />If technology is used by a presenter, I want to know how technology can be implemented effectively, how it relates to the topic of the presentation, why it is pedagogically sound, and what the long term benefits of its use are. I am not interested in bells and whistles. As a presenter, I may mention in my opening remarks that graphing calculators will be used, but that the focus of the session is on the math, not on the calculator. I share classroom-ready materials. I include instructions (aka keystrokes or screen shots in the case of a graphing calculator) to help connect observations from an exploration to understanding the mathematics behind the situation. As teachers, we want students to be able to answer the question, “What does the tool (i.e. graphing calculator, computer) enable me to do?” <br /><br />A quality technology session will integrate the tools with the content, demonstrating how the power of visualization enables students to generalize properties and consequently understand concepts more quickly and effectively. Examples of how to interpret the output of technology to demonstrate understanding and computational fluency should be included. After all, the goal of teaching with technology is to help students what tool is appropriate to make mathematics meaningful no matter whether it is a calculator, computer, or pencil.Tom Beatininoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-30036785138231687892016-05-09T00:02:53.065-04:002016-05-09T00:02:53.065-04:00No matter what, the session has to have as a main ...No matter what, the session has to have as a main focus, how to help students learn mathematical concepts. If technology is the tool being modeled for attendees, then it should be a tool that serves the purpose of the learning objective. The learning objective has to be the focus.Unknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06873327740187177517noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-13445857404845660992016-05-07T09:36:00.872-04:002016-05-07T09:36:00.872-04:00Couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for the p...Couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for the post.Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-65207743242908041002016-05-06T17:56:01.920-04:002016-05-06T17:56:01.920-04:00I appreciate your persistence here, Ihor. IMO, I n...I appreciate your persistence here, Ihor. IMO, I never feel cheated by a tech session if the tech session focuses on larger themes that transcend tech brand or even technology itself. If it's a technology session I want to know what the big pedagogical ideas /before/ you show me how a particular tool can realize them.Dan Meyerhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11323257310042023350noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-26817472194627553732016-04-25T16:48:29.590-04:002016-04-25T16:48:29.590-04:00I'm going to contact Sarah Bush who is chairpe...I'm going to contact Sarah Bush who is chairperson of the San Antonio NCTM conference next April and share this blog with her. I'll report back about her reactions.Ihor Charischakhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09311015215728634606noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-11176059440761084502016-04-03T20:59:58.966-04:002016-04-03T20:59:58.966-04:00Visited at a conference a decade ago and still fol...Visited at a conference a decade ago and still follow you. Hoping to get some the $4B in the CS for All, https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/01/30/computer-science-all initiative to motivate math teachers to using coding (note my picture at the bottom). See http://codemathteks.edublogs.org/ for ideas. Presenting at CAMT in San Antonio on this sponsored by http://www.thetrc.org/cs-summit-2016/. Thanks for continuing this advocacy in math conferences. Unknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04573153486527969268noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-23128696864558957052016-04-03T19:27:02.311-04:002016-04-03T19:27:02.311-04:00So sorry I can't make this important meeting. ...So sorry I can't make this important meeting. I'm required to be at another event at that time. Unknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00403704244991580183noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1695871120398977027.post-42867485958807415322016-03-03T11:47:37.598-05:002016-03-03T11:47:37.598-05:00Max Ray-Riek did an Ignite talk at Asilomar called...Max Ray-Riek did an Ignite talk at Asilomar called "Tweet Me, Maybe?" to expound on the wonders of the #MTBoS. Folks might want to check it out if they haven't seen it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fvGN5njHno And who knows what our Ignite teams will talk about at NCSM and NCTM??Annie Fetterhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08514065108316890542noreply@blogger.com