In this session, Dr. Cheng-Yao Lin and Dr. Jerry Becker will discuss weaknesses they have found in preservice teacher’s computational skills and understanding. To assess students’ computational skills, they administered pretests the first day of class on the basic addition facts, multiplication facts and computational facility on the whole numbers, fractions, decimals and integers. The results they found were astonishing and worse than ever before, and they have found that they get worse each succeeding semester.
Theodore Brown is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and a former Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His support was instrumental in starting the MSTE Office in 1993.
From 2003 to 2012, the Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School (BBCHS) worked with the MSTE Office in the College of Education to improve mathematics and science instruction and integrate technology into classroom teachings. This panel discussion will look particularly at the intervention in the mathematics classes as BBCHS, lessons learned and lessons lost.
Helen Boehrnsen was the Curriculum Director at BBCHS during this time
Renee Williams is the Mathematics Department Head at BBCHS and continues in this role today.
NetMath is a successful online computer-based mathematics program based on the Calculus & Mathematica (C&M) project created by mathematicians Jerry Uhl, Horacio Porta, and Bill Davis. The C&M courseware was born out of the early calculus reform movement, which coincidently coincided with the launch of the powerful computer algebra system, Mathematica. This talk will discuss the authors’ thoughts on teaching calculus, and how NetMath has partnered with MSTE over the past 25 years.
In September, 1989, Ed was a principal at a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school. He was visiting with parents whose students were starting at UIUC. They began to describe a way to make a local phone call on their TRS80 home computer that would allow them to use their computer to send a letter to their student at UIUC - free of charge, much less than the cost of a LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALL. They called this "thing" electronic mail. Everyone in the room shook their head and asked, "Why?" and the overwhelming answer was, "Who knows?". Electronic mail was about as useless as "Pong."
It's been said that we are living in exponential times, based on how rapidly (exponentially) technology is changing, and how equally rapidly society is changing. What are the qualities we should look for in teachers to ensure students are prepared for the world they're facing?
Mikkel Storaasli is a graduate of the University of Illinois and was a student of Ken Travers, MSTE Director Emeritus. He is now the superintendent at Grayslake.
Can AP Statistics be taught, learned, and mastered without doing an ounce of what traditionally is called homework? The answer is a resounding yes!
Amar Patel worked at the MSTE Office while he was a student at the University. He is now a mathematics teacher at James B. Conant High School.
4-H is the youth outreach program of the University of Illinois. Implemented through a network of land-grant universities in every state, 4-H is the largest youth development program in the country. This presentation will share how 4-H is seeking to fill the current gap in preparing youth for STEAM careers and the 21st century workplace.
The St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy is an educational outreach program targeted at underrepresented fourth and fifth grade students. In this presentation Joseph Gamez, Program Director, will give a brief history of Brady STEM Academy and reflect on his experiences doing STEM outreach--particularly its impact on students and their families as well as on himself.
Chris Kloeppel is the President of the School Board for the Champaign Unit 4 School District. Chris will be discussing a bit of his background, explaining the process of running for a position on the School Board, and some of the issues he faces now that he has been elected President. There will be a Question & Answer segment after the talk.