Friday, April 5
ent of Modern
y: Pascal, Fermat and
Scintillating Software and Amazing
Apps for Teaching Math (7)
Michael Stranz, Cengage
Improve Learning Outcomes
with Developmental Course
Tour the new state
Health Professions & Student
Commonwealth's first state
owned Zero Net Energy
Darling Normality Test
Roland Cheyney, W.H. Freeman Publishers
Motivate Your Students with Media (18)
The Key to Success:
My experiences with
interactive technology in the classroom. (19)
Speaker Jim McCallister at the Tapley Memorial Hall
Saturday, April 6
Registration, Exhibits and Continental Breakfast until 10:00
The Challenges of Starting a
New Life in Developmental
Concepts of Numbers: Teaching
Algebra using the Discovery
Inquiry Based Learning
in Mathematics (5)
Get off to a good start
with Project ACCCESS
New Faculty Wanted!
Differentiated Instruction via
Problem Solving (3)
How ARE Students Learning
Math with a Web
Stats: If not Intermediate
Algebra, then what? (13)
That Works (10)
MyFoundationsLab and the
Knewton® Partnership (22)
Virtual Reality (8)
Dedicated Exhibit Time
Raffle and Featured Speaker, Phil Mahler
Perspectives on our Curriculum
Comic Books and Graphic
Novels in the Mathematics
An Introduction to R
Hawkes Learning System
Mastering Math, Not the System (4)
A Successful Innovation for
the Developmental Math
Schriefer, Wolfram Research
Mathematica 9 for Education
Course Redesign Revisited
Business Meeting, Elections and Door Prizes
Perspectives on our Curriculum
Highlights from my perspective on two important issues in our typical two
year college math curriculum: Too many students do not achieve
goals because of developmental mathematics sequences and too much of our curriculum is not focused on student needs. What is
being done, and
what should we be doing, to make our math programs "a pump and not a filter".
1. The Anderson
ality Test Using Excel
While Minitab lists three (3) separate Tests for Normality, Excel lists none.
However, Excel will be used to calculate and demonstrate the
Darling Normality Test.
2. Historical Development o
f Modern Probability Theory: Pascal, Fermat, and Bayes
This research presentation illustrates the historical development, philosophical foundations, and mathematical perspectives o
f the modern
probability theory through (1)
one of the greatest correspondences in the history of mathematics between Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat,
and (2) how Rev. Thomas Bayes invented and established the methods in quantifying personal probability called Bayes' Theorem.
The author will
ent a couple of pedagogically relevant yet challenging questions and explain how Pascal and Fermat approached and derived the
and discuss how Bayes would have done it using his method.In a typical classroom situation, such topics are rarely men
tioned and covered.
3. Differentiated Instruction via Problem Solving
Plymouth State University
To differentiate instruction does not necessarily mean to offer different sets of questions to different groups of students.
differentiate instruction by allowing everybody to participate, yet challenging everyone at some point. Come to experience th
is approach. We will
solve a problem of this kind working together, and will reflect on the learning process.
Mastering Math, Not the System
Hawkes Learning Systems
You know the scenario: Students seem to be doing well on homework, yet are performing poorly on exams. With Hawkes, students
the system” to get through assignments. Ins
tead, they are held accountable for mastering the material without relying on learning aids. Discover
how Hawkes motivates students to succeed!
We will end the presentation with a little fun and raffle off a $50 Amazon gift card!
5. Inquiry Based Learn
ing in Mathematics (Workshop)
Westfield State University
Our group "Discovering the Art of Mathematics" offers several free books for empowering your students in the liberal arts to
in an inquiry
based way. We c
onnect the beauty of mathematics and the process of discovery with the arts and the humanities throughout all our
activities. We believe that this is the key in motivating and enabling liberal arts students
to engage with mathematics. This workshop will
experience what mathema
tical inquiry can feel like,
investigate particular content areas that might
connect with your students,
and practice ways for creating a classroom environment where productive, safe, and deep mathema
ry can take place,
reflect on the
interaction of teacher, student, investigations, mathematics, and inquiry materials in
Several actual activities will be investigated,
including the game Nim to introduce students on a
ll levels to binary nu
6. An Introduction to R
University of Saint Joseph
R is an extremely powerful statistical software package used at many leading research universities and the New York Times to
analysis and produce graphics. In this
presentation, I will show that R is also suitable for use in elementary statistics courses.
Since R is an
exceptionally large system, the focus will be on the subset of R commands needed for an elementary statistics course such as
those needed for
cal summaries, frequency tables, graphs, regression analysis, probability distributions, simulations, confidence intervals an
One of R’s best features is that it is free!.
7. Scintillating Software and Amazing Apps for Teaching M
This session will provide a brief overview of useful iPad apps for teaching mathematics at the postsecondary level.
The main focus of the
presentation will be FluidMath, which is a unique and innovative tool for tea
ching algebra, pre
calculus and calculus; it works on iPads, tablets,
This software converts handwritten symbols to text, simplifies and solves equations, creates graphs and tables from equations
and allows for linked manipulation of rep
FluidMath enables the study of function families and functional behaviors in a way that is
intuitive, seamless, and dynamic.
Face to Virtual Reality
During the Spring 2013 semester, I ha
d to develop two new Online courses: an undergraduate Algebra course and a graduate Biostatistics course.
Teaching online courses was entirely novel for me, and each course presented its own challenges.
This presentation will show a series of
used to teach the courses at the MCPHS University.
I will describe effective online teaching methods, and, in contrast, I will also
illustrate what does not work or is difficult to put into practice when teaching mathematics in a virtual environment.
thermore, I will invite all
participants to engage in discussing methods available to college professors that could facilitate the process of improving t
9. Concepts of Numbers : Teaching Pre
Algebra using the Dis
Berkshire Community College
Concepts of Numbers is an innovative redesign of a traditional arithmetic course emphasizing concept development and collabor
This workshop will present the promising findings
from Berkshire Community College’s first semester of implementing Concepts of Numbers for
its classroom based developmenta
10. Sharing Session
Something That Works
North Shore Community College
In the spirit of t
he Project ACCCESS popular session
“Something that Works”, the presenter will share quick activities that enhance student
learning, icebreakers that foster a positive classroom atmosphere and group activities that encourage cooperative learning.
encouraged, however, not required, to bring a simple activity that they have found useful in the classroom.
Many of the activities involve few
materials and minimal preparation time.
Those in attendance will take home a packet of activities; s
ome may even
be used in your next class!
11. How ARE students learning math with a web
based homework system?
Computer software programs provide students with a variety of resources to aid them in their learning.
such, students actively learn by
seeking knowledge while they develop their math skills.
This presentation will focus on my recent research study which investigated how
developmental math students solved problems and acquired knowledge and skills while th
ey accessed the help resources in MyMathLab.
observations were conducted with the screen capture software, CamStudio and a Livescribe Smartpen.
up interviews were also
conducted to glean what, if any learning strategies were developed by t
he participants when they used the web
based homework system to solve
12. The Challenges of Starting a New Life in Developmental Math
A new developmental course called “Mathematical Literacy for College Students” was
created at our college to give non
STEM students an
efficient pathway toward transferable, college level math courses like Statistics, Quantitative Reasoning, and Liberal Arts M
ath. Explore the
curriculum and pedagogy used during the first year of implemen
tation and learn about the ups and downs in scalin
up this “New Life” course.
Stats: If not Intermediate Algebra, then what?
Mary Kehoe Moynihan
Cape Cod Community College
Schools are looking at their Pre
Stats and Pre
nonSTEM tracks and askin
g themselves if it needs major revision. Many agree that there are
algebraic manipulations in Intermediate Algebra that aren't essential to the nonSTEM track
manipulations such as combining radical and
rational expressions. Should we just drop Intermedi
ate Algebra as a prerequisite? I say no and will share how I'm incorporating the rule of four in
my Intensive six credit “looks a little like Intermediate Algebra”/Statistics to make the pre
nonSTEM track material more appropriate to Statistics.
mic Books and Graphic Novels in the Mathematics Classroom
This talk will explore the use of comic books and graphic novels in the math and science classroom. Through examples and anal
ysis we will
explore the advantages of using comics and
like media as a replacement of or supplement to traditional math text books, and how comic
books are an especially effective medium for communicating ideas to a generation raised on new media.
nnovation for the Developmental
Manchester Community College
Manchester community college is having a great success by utilizing classroom / computer lab for the developmental sequence.
The college has
increase students success and retention while red
ucing college cost by reinventing the delivery platform for all developmental courses.
classes are 50 to 55 students will multiple faculty assigned.
Faculty provide support, lectures and testing in a single dedicated space.
ts to complete more than one course per semester or maintain placement for a partially completed course.
16. Course Redesign
Henry, Bristol Community College
Bristol, Middlesex and North Shore have implemented modified emporium model co
urse redesigns, where students work in a computer
lab setting with
line instructional platforms with an instructor embedded in the classroom for just
time instruction. These schools have years of experience with
this methodology and implementation. P
anelists will share the results of their efforts and offer best practices for those interested in learning more about
17. Get off to a good start with Project ACCCESS
Henry, Bristol Community College
If you are in your first three years of full
time instruction at a two
year college, AMATYC offers an outstanding professional development opportunity
Project ACCCESS (Advancing Community College Careers: Education, Scholarship and Service). Th
e project's goal is to provide experiences
that will help new faculty become more effective teachers and active members of the broader mathematical community. Former Fe
llows will talk about
the benefits of the program and how to build a successful applicat
ion package. The best part is you get to attend AMATYC two years for free!
18. Motivate Your Students with Media
W.H. Freeman Publishers
Media, used both inside the classroom and in homework, is a unique tool to demonstrate that mathe
matics and statistics provide analytic and
visualization skills that students will need in their future coursework and careers
This presentation will show new media resources including real world
videos, applets, formative assessment, and dynamic illustr
ations from statistics, liberal arts mathematics and calculus.
These resources promote skills,
concepts, and student motivation that are expressly promoted in national standards including the Common Core, GAISE and in ot
r efforts in STEM
The Key to Success:
My experiences with interactive technology in the classroom.
Interactive software promotes increased retention and success for students in mathematics courses.
Students are engaged in learning
at home and at
The impact of the software in the curriculum will be explored through discussions of implementation, software options, studen
t feedback and
comparisons of student performance.
Improve Learning Outcomes with Developmental Co
Course redesign of developmental math curriculum is improving learning outcomes as it reduces the time students spend in basi
c math courses. In this
presentation we will show how
with faculty across North Carolina to develop a learning system, focused on identified
learning outcomes, that integrates conceptual understanding by presenting problems in meaningful context. The program utilize
s a highly customizable
online homework syst
em that includes assessment tools, personalized study plans, and algorithmically generated problems to reinforce learning. Th
system promotes the mastery of mathematical concepts correlated to the specific learning outcomes established by the North Ca
na Redesign Task
Mathematica 9 for Education
Schriefer, Wolfram Research
level learning and make your classroom interactive. Faculty can quickly learn how to get started with Mathematica, thanks to
form input and the new Predictive Interface, which anticipates your next steps and helps you quickly build up a series of
calculations. Understand how Wolfram|Alpha, the technology behind Apple’s Siri assistant, can empower students to discover th
ta in everyday life
world examples. Finally, learn how real
world applications of Wolfram technologies can improve workflow and what that means for your
graduating students. Whether or not you use technology in the classroom already, come hear h
ow Mathematica can enliven and empower learning in
TITLE: MyMathLab, MyMathLabPlus, MyFoundationsLab and the NEW MyMathLab
Kevin Obrien, Pearson
Since 2000 MyMathLab and MathXL have been used in New England to
help college students learn mathematics.
Over the past 12 years MyMathLab
has changed and so have the needs of math departments.
With the advent of course redesign, readiness boot camp programs, and larger classes, online
self tutoring has become a crit
ical part of what students need to succeed.
This presentation will cover a quick overview of MyMathLab with a
concentration on new features.
Then examples of how MyMathLab, and it’s variants, MyMathLab, MyMathLabPlus, MyFoundationsLab and the NEW
Knewton® partnership, can accommodate readiness programs, traditional lecture setting and cours
e redesign, will be given.