Spring 2021 Virtual Conference

Saturday, March 6

9:00am: Conference opens
9:30am - 10:30am: First Breakout session
10:30am - 10:45am: Break
10:45am - 11:45am: Second Breakout session
11:45am - 12:30pm: Lunch Break
12:30pm - 1:45pm: Business Meeting and Keynote Speaker
1:45pm - 2:00pm: Closing and Door Prizes

Keynote Presentation

Speaker: Dr. Ivona Grzegorczyk

Title: Magic Tricks and Activities Supporting Active Learning in Mathematics

Abstract: We will involve you in interactive tricks promoting activities learning, experimentation and algebraic modeling. The activities are designed for introductory algebra courses to generate engagement, complexity and advanced mathematical thinking.

Speaker Profile: Dr. Ivona Grzegorczyk received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California Berkeley. Her current includes the fields of Algebraic Geometry and Mathematics Education. She has designed numerous active learning activities, puzzles, student research projects and mathematical magic trick inspiring critical thinking. She is the author of several educational books including "Mathematics and Fine Arts "(2000), "Al Zebra explains Algebra" (2010), "Art Dragon teaches Arithmetic" as well as many research papers in the areas of algebraic geometry, educational games and mathematics education. Currently, Dr. Grzegorczyk is a professor of Mathematics at Cal State Channel Islands. She has worked at numerous universities, lectured nationally and internationally, traveled widely and speaks several foreign languages.

Breakout Session Presentations

First Breakout Session (9:30am - 10:30am)
Breakout Room Presenter Topic Description
1 Tuyetdong Phan-Yamada Interactive Online Tools for Distance Learning In a face-to-face classroom, instructors show an example and then ask students to do a similar problem. Instructors would go around to check if students do it correctly. These interactive tools can help instructors do the same in their virtual classrooms. Instructors can monitor individual or group work and provide feedback to students immediately without go in and out breakrooms. Zoom in to see how to use the following tools: GeoGebra classrooms, MyOpenMath, Jamboards and Google doc in a remote learning environment. Attendees will get a copy of ready-made apps to use immediately.
2 Daniel Haiem The GIFs that Keep on GIFing We will learn how to use the right tools and websites to turn math visuals into GIFs that can then be easily integrated anywhere - whether Google docs, your LMS or tests. The presentation will focus on Kap (Gif software), ClassCalc (Lockdown Calculator with strong visualization tools) and 3B1B (Youtube).
3 Albert Natian My First Covid Problem! As we go from point A to point B, how should we navigate our path so that in the least amount of time we reach point B while maintaining at all times a minimum distance of 6 feet from someone who is already walking along the line segment BA from B to A?
4 Fred Feldon No Chalkboard, No Whiteboard, No Paper, Where's the Math? The holy grail of learning is student-to-student interaction. Teaching remotely often relies on computer-based homework questions and a learning management system. How do we incorporate interaction, active learning, small group work, and collaborative teaching online? How can remote students communicate mathematically with each other? Why is that even important?

Second Breakout Session (10:45am - 11:45am)
Breakout Room Presenter Topic Description
1 Allan Rossman Teaching Introductory Statistics: Ask Good Questions I will present questions that help students to learn introductory statistics. These questions follow GAISE recommendations about teaching statistical thinking, emphasizing conceptual understanding, using real data, and making effective use of technology. Both in-class activities and summative assessments will be included, some of which use freely available interactive applets.
2 Albert Natian Fibonacci Stravaganza! Who is Fibonacci and what are the iridescent gems that the Fibonacci Recursion gives rise to?

Note: Albert's amazing artwork can be seen below!
3 Mark Hugen Concepts Come to Life Through Animation Desmos and GeoGebra animations created by the presenter to illustrate some of the theorems and concepts of mathematics will be shared. Topics will range from Algebra 1 to Multivariable Calculus. Links to the animations will be provided.
4 Hannah Johnson Virtual Courses Require Mastery-Based Solutions In the virtual landscape, how do we ensure students truly grasp content? Competency-based learning sets realistic goals and provides resources for students. Discover how Hawkes’ mastery-based, 3-step approach fosters competency by removing learning aids, adapting to individual skills, providing corrective remediation, and compiling reports for quick intervention. Win a gift-card!

Last updated March 14, 2021