SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 79
May 9, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Satellite Algebra Course for Teachers|
Virginia Tech, in partnership with the Department of Education and Prince William County Schools will again offer a graduate level mathematics course for middle and high school math and Algebra I teachers in the fall of 1997. 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 be broadcast in the fall of 1997 as a three credit graduate level mathematics content course from Virginia Tech. The course will be broadcast through the Virginia Satellite Educational Network (VSEN) and can be accessed at schools with satellite dishes or through educational cable channels. Virginia Tech is offering this course at reduced tuition. Contact Susan Vest at (540) 231-4669 for Virginia Tech registration information. For satellite transmission information and receive locations contact Greg Weisiger, VSEN Administrator, at (804) 692-0335. Content questions should be directed to Dr. Patricia Wright, Principal Specialist for Mathematics, at (804) 225-2894.