SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 181
December 5, 1997 |
TO: | Division Superintendents |
FROM: | Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction |
SUBJECT: | Graphing Calculator Staff Development |
The Department of Education will make available to Virginia teachers an eight hour televised staff development course on using the Texas Instruments TI-82 graphing calculator. This course will be broadcast on the DOE Hour during the month of February. This course is an updated version of the course the Department broadcast in December 1995. Teachers of all mathematics disciplines will learn the essentials for using the graphing calculator to enhance their teaching of mathematics. The first three sessions explore some basic functions of the TI-82 calculator and how to access menus. The third session will introduce the programming capability of the calculator. Sessions three through six focus on the use of graphing calculators in Algebra I. Topics include patterns/relations/functions, algebra, measurement, geometry, and statistics/probability. Activities involve connections, problem solving, and mathematical modeling. Session seven addresses business applications and session eight introduces peripherals such as Graph Link software and the Calculator-Based Laboratory (CBL) system. This course will be broadcast beginning February 3, 1998 and continue each Tuesday and Thursday on the DOE Hour during the months of February and March. The last lesson will be broadcast on March 24, 1998. The DOE Staff Development Hour is broadcast from 2:00 - 3:00 pm on public television. A comprehensive workbook is included and can be obtained by calling (800) 246-8736. The course and materials are available at no charge to Virginia teachers. Schools may also record the course for future training. For more information call Greg Weisiger at (804) 692-0335 or Jim Calleran at (804) 225-2972. RTL/emt