The Dynamic Number Project Comes to NCTM Philadelphia

It’s time for the NCTM Annual Meeting!

For the past two and a half years, my colleague Scott Steketee and I have been collaborating with elementary teachers in New York and Philadelphia as they field test curriculum materials for the Dynamic Number project. We’ll be showcasing our work at three sessions during the upcoming NCTM conference in Philadelphia.

NCTM Annual Meeting 2012
Image courtesy of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

I’ll be presenting with Janice Manning, Matt Silverman, and Sonal Malpani from the School of Discovery and Exploration in Brooklyn, NY. Our talk focuses on students’ understanding of fractions and the impact of using a variety of Sketchpad fraction models. We’ll be bringing classroom videos with us to give the audience an up-close look at students’ conceptual understanding.

In another session, Scott will be presenting with Kristen Johnson, Anna Varano, and Maryann Milewski-Moskal from the Penn Alexander School in Philadelphia, PA. Their talk focuses on another central topic in the elementary curriculum—multiplication—and will also include classroom video.

Separately, Scott is presenting a session on function composition that treats this often misunderstood topic by combining a geometric approach with the usual symbolic one.

Finally, you can learn more about the Dynamic Number project and KCP Technologies’ other NSF-funded project, Data Games, at the Technology User Group from 7:00–9:00 on April 26 in Salons H/I/J at the Philadelphia Marriott on 1201 Market Street.

The User Group, sponsored by Key Curriculum, is a great opportunity to chat with other users of Sketchpad, Fathom, and TinkerPlots and see their latest creations. And if that’s not a big enough selling point, how about this: The Dynamic Number project will unveil at the User Group the most complex Sketchpad model ever made. No kidding!

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