BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Funded by the Bronxville School foundation, Bronxville High School math teachers Cynthia Maupin and Zhanna Cabrera spent a week at the Anja S. Greer Conference on Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Phillips Exeter Academy last summer, for an intensive learning experience.
Their goal was to explore the potential application and impact of new technologies in the classroom and the math curriculum along with other independent and high school educators from throughout the U.S. and beyond.
At the conference, each participant selects two courses that meet each day throughout the week. In addition to these two primary courses, participants can also attend a range of 45-minute workshops on a variety of topics. At last summer’s conference, Maupin and Cabrera’s primary focus was to learn a graphing application for the iPad called FluidMath and also to explore ways that e-book technology might be incorporated into the curriculum during the school year.
FluidMath runs on the iPad and has a very powerful handwriting recognition feature; once an equation or function are written on the screen, the graph is created nearly instantaneously and can be projected from the iPad onto the SmartBoard. It serves as a valuable teaching tool in that it enables real-time inquiry by the students as well as comparisons across functions and equations.
Maupin and Cabrera have begun introducing the app in some classes already. Once it is fully rolled out, they expect to use FluidMath as a tool in teaching nearly the full range of Bronxville High School math classes, including algebra 2, precalculus, and calculus.
“Exeter is where we regularly go to recharge our batteries as math teachers," said Maupin, summing up the sentiment.
Many conference leaders and participants attend regularly and have had the opportunity to establish relationships and candidly share their own experiences about the advantages and/or limitations of integrating certain new technologies into the classroom and curriculum.
They also learn how other teachers at the best schools have been integrating the technologies, including practical applications and problem sets most suitable for reinforcing the concepts.
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