90722 NSM 6600 - Technologies for Research and Instruction
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This is the syllabus for NSM 6600 for Fall 2008. As the course moves forward, students should return to this page frequently for updated material.
NSM 6600. Technologies for Research and Instruction
This course will explore ways in which technology can enhance both the research and pedagogical capabilities of the high school teacher of science and mathematics. The focus of the course will be the World Wide Web and the Internet, but other more discipline-centered technologies may be examined. Students will be required to present papers that demonstrate the use of technology in their disciplines or in their classrooms. Prerequisite: 18 credits of undergraduate mathematics or science.
The Fall 2008 section is:
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Times||Bldg||Room|
|90722||NSM||6600||0||3.00||Tech for Research and Instruct||Oakdale|
|Sep 02, 2008||Dec 18, 2007||R||07:30 pm - 10:11 pm||BROOK1||A203|
|Instructor(s): Herbert J. Bernstein|
The hours on this page start on Tuesday, 2 September 2008.
There is no schedule on days on which Dowling is closed and on:
*** NOTE: Dowling College is revising the schedule for 29 September 2008 -- 1 October 2008.
This class will meet on Wednesday, 1 October 2008, but not on Wednesday, 8 October 2008.
Students are responsible for all assigned readings even if the material is not discussed in class. Students are advised to bring the required texts to every meeting of the class to help them in classroom discussions and in answering the daily quiz questions.
Keeping clear written records is an important part of working in any scientific field.
Students are expected to have their text books no later than the second week of class.
This is a graduate course. It meets only once per week. Absence from any class meeting may cause the student to miss a significant portion of the material of the course. Therefore:
Attendance will be taken at all class meetings. All absences must be explained in writing (or via email). Students who miss one or more lectures must meet with the instructor to review their progress in the course. A midterm warning will be issued for any student who misses one or more lectures before the midterm, and such students will be advised to withdraw. Grades will be reduced for unexcused absences (see grading policy, below).
Arriving late disrupts the class for other students. To encourage and reward timely arrival, there will be a short quiz at the start of each class meeting. There will be no makeups for these quizzes.
All students will be required to participate actively in classroom discussions and to lead discussions related to the assignments. All students will have to establish and maintain a course web page, and many assignments will require additions to that web page. All students will be required to communicate with the instructor and will other students via email, and many assignments will require work to be submitted via email.
As noted above students will be given daily brief quizzes. Quizzes will often be based on the assigned readings, asking questions that have not yet been discussed in class. This is intended to encourage students to do the assigned readings. Even though the quizzes are open-book quizzes, you are more likely to be able to find the answers if you have done the readings before coming to class. There will be no makeups for these quizzes.
Every student will be required to maintain a contemporaneous hardbound notebook recording all significant activities related to this course. The notebook should record the major topics discussed, questions about the subject matter of the course and the answers when they are found, and all activites related to the course project (see below). The instructor will borrow the notebooks several times during the semester and grade them for thoroughness, clarity and relevance to the course. Only the portions of the notebook that are dated, written in the student's own hand and on the permanent pages of the notebook will be considered in the grading.
As noted in the catalog description, "students will be required to present papers that demonstrate the use of technology in their disciplines or in their classrooms." These papers will be partly the result of individual efforts and partly the result of group efforts. Each student will choose a content topic and related pedagogical topics for their papers. Assignments will be used to help students explore issues that may prove to be helpful in writing the papers. A preliminary version of the paper will be due for the midterm, and the final version of the paper will be due for the final.
There will not be an in-class midterm exam. The mid-term evaluation will be based on classroom attendance and participation, the notebook, assignments, the web page and quizzes.
An open-book, open computer/calculator final will be given. In general, no assignments will be accepted late and no makeups will be given for missed quizzes or examinations. Requests for exceptions to this policy will be considered only for the most pressing reasons (illness requiring hospitalization, death in the family, reserve call-up, etc.), must be submitted in writing in a timely manner, and will be granted only if the instructor has sound reason to believe that the student is highly likely to master the material of the course within the current semester.
This course will explore ways in which technology can enhance both the research and pedagogical capabilities of the high school teacher of science and mathematics. The focus of the course will be the World Wide Web and the Internet, but other more discipline-centered technologies may be examined. Students will be required to present papers that demonstrate the use of technology in their disciplines or in their classrooms.
There will be an ungraded diagnostic quiz given during the first lecture to help students understand how well prepared they are for the work in this course.
Please consult the course assigments page frequently.
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