# 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

• personal computers, monitors, printers, and projections systems
• the Logo Program
• MS PowerPoint

### 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

• Logo-Ch 1: Getting started
• Logo-Ch 2: Repeat
• Logo-Ch 3: Writing procedures
• Logo-Ch 4: Polygons
• Logo-Ch 5: Circles
• Logo-Ch 6: Problem solving
• Logo-Ch 7: Variables and recursion
• Logo Handout: Arithmetic Operations Revisited
• Logo Handout: Arithmetic Procedures
• Logo Handout: More Recursive Procedures Involving Arithmetic
• Geometer's SketchPad Exploration of all the tools in the program.
• MS PowerPoint for presentations

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.