"...Still, for the most powerful and popular dynamic mathematics programs to be so poorly represented raises questions about our commitment to helping our students become proficient in the technology tools that allow them to construct their own mathematics and/or conduct their own independent investigations. In today's technology-infused world, we seem to be sending a message that the top math technology tools available to our students, the ones that best encourage mathematical autonomy and creativity, are not important enough to use in math class."
I didn't track the sessions in Dallas earlier this month but I did for the Hartford NCTM Regional conference happening this week October 24-26, 2012. I counted 38 tech related sessions which is only 16% of the total sessions. I like to doing a wordle (wordle.net) of the key words in the descriptions of the sessions because it gives me a perspective of what technologies are significant. (See image on left.)-Scott Steketee (taken from previous post)
|Wordle of all tech related key words|
Sketchpad was mentioned once and Geogebra apparently didn't make the cut. Here's a pdf listing of the tech sessions.
If you are going to Hartford please report on your experience of the conference the tech sessions you attend. We need to collectively voice our thoughts about this lack of constructionist type learning. Twitter (hashtag #nctm) is excellent way to voice your thoughts about the conference.
Here are my choices from the list of 38 that I would attend if I was there.
- The Virtual Revolution of Teaching and Learning -Jeremy Balenson - Keynote speaker.
- Using Technology to Increase Conceptual Understanding in Algebra and Geometry -Annie Fetter
- Technology and Mathematics: The Right Angle -Frank Sobierajski
- I Tweet, Therefore I Learn -Max Singerman Ray
- Websites, Wikis, and Webcasts, Oh My: Web 2.0 Tools -Jennifer McDougall
- An iPad-Based Dynamic and Visual Introduction to Function Concepts -Scott Steketee and Daniel Scher
- Freeze Frame: Snapshots of the Mathematical Meaning in Everyday Life -Lorie C. McFee
- Calculation Nation: Game On! -Sarah DeLeeuw
Listing of all sessions.
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