Course Description

Course Name

Computers in Mathematics Education

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


I. Course Description
Technology is essential in teaching and learning mathematics because it influences the mathematics that is taught and affects what is learned (NCTM, 2000). In this course, we will pay particular attention to the effective use of technology in mathematics classrooms. MATE 307 is designed to prepare you as a prospective secondary teacher to construct mathematics teachers? knowledge and capacity for using technology in mathematics classrooms. For these goals, you will read papers on how to use technology in mathematics education and you will also investigate the use of Geometer?s Sketchpad (GSP) as a tool for teaching mathematics.
II. Students? Rights and Obligations
1. Expectations: Classes will be a mix of lecture, small group and whole class discussion. You are expected to take notes, to participate in class activities, and to ask questions about what you do not understand. Attendance is important. Do not let yourself get behind the class!2. Late work: I will not accept late work unless arrangements are made with me in advance. If you have extraordinary circumstances, please come discuss them with me.
3. Policy on academic integrity: Students shall not steal, change, or destroy other students? work. In addition, students shall not engage in conduct that obstructs or disrupts any instructional activity. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to: 1) conversation with others during lectures or instructional exercises, 2) unauthorized or inappropriate use of computing resources, 3) operating electrical or communication devices in a disruptive manner, 4) engaging in verbal or physical conflict, 5) failing to enter class on time and remain during
the entire scheduled period, and 6) failing to comply with directions from an instructor to cease disrupting any instructional activity.
III. Assessments
Our class will draw on readings, problem explorations, personal reflections, and collaborative and independent work in class. Your participation in our class activities and discussions is important not only for your own learning but also the learning of others. Experiences during the class cannot be duplicated by reading a textbook. You are expected to treat our class as part of your professional experience; that is, you are expected to take responsibility for your learning and act in a professional and collegial manner. This includes attending class on time, coming to
class prepared, and being a collaborative participant in the work of the class. Notice that I reserve the right to exercise professional judgment in determining final grades. Your grade in the course will be based on the following:
Reading Papers and Quiz (20%): Based on reading papers, you are going to be asked five questions about the paper assigned every Wednesday for about five minutes. This should be your independent work. After the quiz, you are going to have your group discussion to raise some issues in the paper that your group agrees upon. Then we are going to have a whole class discussion at the end of class. Missed quizzes count as 0 points.
Attendance (10%): Attendance will constitute 10 percent of your final grade. After an absence it is your responsibility to obtain missed material from your classmates. More than two unexcused absence during the semester will affect on your final grade. I counts two unexcused tardies as an unexcused absence for the purpose of determining your final grade.
GSP Projects (20%): This assignment is based on a collaborative work with your group members. Every Thursday, you are going to have opportunities to investigate the use of GSP in mathematical contents. At the end of class, I am going to assign some project which will be due the end of the assigned day.
Collaborative Course Projects (40%): The main goal of the project is to develop an education tool (contrasted to an artifact) for students? better understanding of mathematics. The application can be in any fields or areas of your interest in mathematics. You are required to write a brief report with the tool as an attached file which can be employed in classrooms like a GSP file. Your group has to decide on a particular topic to work on. Your project consists of two parts. One part is a written report and the other is a technology file like a GSP file, each of which is graded on a basis of 20 points. Your group presentation will be on an assigned date between June 4th and June 12th. Your report due is by June 18 (Detailed information will be provided).
Peer Evaluation (10%): Peer evaluation will be conducted twice during this semester. One evaluation is based on your class participation in group discussions and GSP projects. The other is on the basis of your final course project.
MATE 307 will follow the relative grading system in Korea University.
Detailed Course Schedule:
March 5 and 6: Syllabus and introduction to GSP
March 12 and 13: Teaching strategies for developing judicious technology use
March 19 and 20: Interactive Geometry software and mechanical linkages
March 26 and 27: An anthropological account of the emergence of mathematical proof?
April 2 and 3: Using technology to foster students? mathematical understandings and intuitions
April 9 and 10: The spreadsheet
April 16 and 17: Using spreadsheet software to explore measures of central tendency?
April 23 and 24: Using the internet to illuminate NCTM?s Principles and Standards?
April 30 and May 1: Laptops in the middle school mathematics classroom
May 7 and 8: The role of technology in representing mathematical problem?
May 14 and 15: Using technology to show prospective teachers the power of many points
May 21 and 22: Investigating mathematics with technology
May 28 and 29: Technology in mathematics education: Tapping into vision of the future
June 4 and 5: Group Presentations
June 11 and 12: Group Presentations
June 18: Collaborative Course Projects

*Course content subject to change