MAT 141 Computers for Mathematics Teaching

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Revised Course Description

This course is aimed at prospective mathematics teachers. Students learn how to use technology to enhance the acquisition of mathematics concepts, principles, and procedures; how to use technology to enhance problem solving abilities; and how to establish an information-rich mathematics learning environment. The programs used in the course include: LOGO, Geometer's SketchPad, MS Excel spreadsheet, and MS PowerPoint.

MAT 141 meets for three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisites

Fulfillment of the ELM requirement

Objectives

After completing MAT 141 the student should be able to use the following equipment and software in effective ways to enhance student learning in mathematics classrooms

Expected outcomes

Students should be able to demonstrate through written assignments, tests, and/or oral presentations, that they have achieved the objectives of MAT 141.

Method of Evaluating Outcomes

Instruments for assessing the above outcomes include software performance tasks, homework, projects, papers, class presentations, short tests, portfolio of total work for the semester, and/or scheduled examinations. Assessments cover students' understanding of personal computers, monitors, printers, projections systems, the Logo Program, Geometers' SketchPad, MS Excel Spreadsheet, MS PowerPoint, their use in enhancing mathematics instruction, and related topics that are covered in MAT 141.

Text

Logo Works: Lessons in Logo (PC version). Portland, ME: Terrapin. , by Cory, Sheila, and Margie Walker (1995).

Contents of Text and Handouts

Grading Policy

Students' grades may be based on software performance, homework, projects, papers, class presentations, short tests, portfolio of total work for the semester, and/or scheduled examinations that test students' understanding of the topics covered in the course (see "Method of evaluating outcomes"). The instructor determines the weight of each of these factors in the final grade.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance policy is set by the instructor.

Policy on Due Dates and Make-Up Work

Due dates and policy regarding make-up work are set by the instructor.

Schedule of Examinations

The instructor sets all test dates except the date of the final exam. The final exam is given at the date and time announced in the Schedule of Classes.

Academic Integrity

The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students who have questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their professors or the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the University Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under "academic integrity".)

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary and permanent disabilities. If you have a disability that may adversely affect your work in this class, I encourage you to register with Disabled Student Services (DSS) and to talk with me about how I can best help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly confidential. Please note: no accommodation may be made until you register with the DSS in WH B250. For information call (310) 243-3660 or to use telecommunications Device for the Deaf, call (310) 243-2028.


Revision history:

Prepared by J. Wilkins 2/17/00. Revised 7/6/01, 7/25/06 (G. Jennings)