How do teachers create a curriculum based in projects for a subject grounded in discrete skills? What does project based mathematics look like? How can meaningful projects serve to not only demonstrate student comprehension of key concepts, but also provide an opportunity for students to apply skills and knowledge to practical situations? What role do traditional assessments play in a project-based math curriculum?
Seymour Papert's work has defined the frontiers of education for 40+ years. Gary will share what Papert's ideas mean for the future of learning through personal anecdotes, Papert's words and video clips.
What can be done when students require additional support beyond the classroom? How can we offer support for students while balancing a full teaching load? How can resources be made available to effectively offer differentiated support? This conversation will focus on creating a structured set of mathematics resources both inside and outside of school.
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The only session I attended where I thought the full power of Elluminate was used was a math one in session 5. They had the slides online and were monitoring questions from the online audience quite closely, but it was obvious the preseneters use Elluminate in school and so were very comfortable with screen sharing etc.
I was impressed with what the students were able to do, but felt the speakers should have known more about the process from the online side. I just felt there wasn’t enough rehearsal. A couple of the kids really took to their roles and moved the camera and mike so we could hear. Others were more fearful and stayed with the as/was set up. I’m not surprised they were reluctant to tell the presenters what to do; they were kids after all.
In some ways I think the organizers didn’t think through what the experience would be like for an online participant. That’s the hard part of blending experiences like that. All in all, it was a great weekend for me.
I think they did an amazing job considering that there was no charge to attend the conference remotely.
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