The Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts require elementary and middle school students to interpret information presented visually and quantitatively in charts and graphs. Using TinkerPlots, students can easily create and tinker with their own representations, preparing them to analyze and interpret the representations they see in their textbooks and in the news media. We'll explore data sets from social science and science to see how dynamic, linked representations can help students make connections among disciplines and bring mathematics into other subject areas.
I worked as a high school math teacher for nine years at James Logan High School, a huge (over 4000 students!) public high school in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was fortunate to start teaching during an exciting time in math education––I had the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues on implementing an NSF-funded curriculum, and I worked as a technology coach, helping math teachers integrate Sketchpad and other engaging programs into their teaching. Before teaching, I worked at one of the early educational software companies, Computer Curriculum Corporation. I've been at Key since 2004, first as an editor, and now as Mathematics Product Manager.