In this webinar, we will explore how to use both Sketchpad and TinkerPlots to develop a conceptual understanding of rate of change and slope, leading to a formal definition of slope and how it is calculated. Through the use of dynamic mathematics software, students will be able to connect a real-world understanding of rate of change to the graphical and symbolic representation of slope. This webinar will focus on Grade 8 Common Core Standards of Equations and Functions.
I have been in the math education field for over 20 years—the first 15 of those as a middle and high school math teacher, 2 of those years as a district math specialist, and the last several years working as a professional development provider. I am incredibly interested and motivated by technology in education, for teachers and students, and ways to incorporate technology effectively into mathematics so that students experience and explore math in dynamic ways. I am continually trying to learn about how to improve teacher instruction so that students can learn and understand mathematics better. I have a math degree from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction (Math focus) from Virginia Commonwealth University and am currently ABD (all but dissertation) in Educational Technology from the College of William and Mary. I currently work for Key Curriculum as their Director of Education Technology Outreach—a dream job, working for the company that helped me through years of teaching...I have to pinch myself most days!