Educators: Study Collaboration and Dynamic Mathematics this Fall

Would you like to learn dynamic mathematics software? Promote student collaboration and problem solving? Take an online course?

If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then the Rutgers-Newark Department of Urban Education’s Collaboration and Dynamic Mathematics in Middle and High Schools course is right for you. This three-credit, online graduate class is being offered for the Fall 2012 semester.

  • Investigate how the teaching and learning of mathematics in middle and high schools can be enhanced with appropriate use of collaborative problem solving and dynamic mathematics software.
  • Collaborate in small groups within an online environment—developed as part of the National Science Foundation funded project, Virtual Math Teams with GeoGebra (VMTwG)—to explore tasks from the middle and high school curriculum, and to solve open-ended mathematics problems.
  • Review logs of your online interactions to identify key moves that contribute to significant mathematical discourse and to reflect on noteworthy issues in mathematics learning and teaching (such as task selection and design, discourse and collaboration with and without teacher guidance, justification and proof, effective use of technology, and more).

Course activities will include small-group, mathematical collaboration, readings, online discussions, and mathematical task designs. This course involves both synchronous and asynchronous activity on a weekly basis. Participants will select preferred days and times and be placed in groups with classmates with similar preferences.

For more information, contact Loretta Dicker by email at loretta.dicker@rutgers.edu.

 

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