SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 14
January 16, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Satellite Algebra Techniques Course for Teachers|
The Department of Education through the Virginia Satellite Educational Network and in cooperation with Prince William County Schools will offer a graduate level mathematics course for middle school and Algebra I teachers in the Fall of 1996. The course, Math Connects, will increase teachers' understanding of the structure of mathematics and the instructional use of technology, particularly in the Patterns, Functions, and Algebra strand of the Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning. The course will be presented by a team of Virginia teachers via satellite. The format will be an interactive one giving participants the opportunity to communicate with instructors and each other via telephone, fax, and the Internet. Lessons will address topics in number sense, probability and statistics, geometry and algebra, with emphasis placed on how knowledge of these topics will lead to increased understanding of and success in Algebra I. Opportunities to work with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards, as they relate to the Virginia Standards of Learning, and to review current literature in the field will be provided. Training in the use of graphing calculators and in the use of computers for instruction and research purposes will be an integral part of the course. During the course, participants will use local and worldwide network communications systems to access and retrieve information. Participants will also develop skills in networking with other participants, encouraging support groups to form across the state of Virginia. Follow-up ideas and opportunities for communication via the Internet will be essential components of the course. The course will begin in the Fall of 1996 and will be a three credit graduate level content course that can be used for recertification purposes. Registration information and further details will be distributed in late Spring through the Department's Technology Division. If you need additional information, please contact Greg Weisiger, VSEN Administrator, at (804) 692-0335. Content questions should be directed to Patricia Wright, Principal Specialist for Mathematics, at (804) 225-2894. WCBJr./psw