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PIMS-CECM Workshop on Emerging Java Technologies for Math Education

Centre For Experimental and Constructive Mathematics logo

A Workshop at the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics sponsored by:

the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

Simon Fraser University, August 5,6 1999


Related Sites:

The Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences

ESCOT: Educational Software Components of Tomorrow

The Geometer's Sketchpad





IES Middle School Applets


Workshop outline and Schedule:

Drawing on a repository of components from the Escot project this workshop will introduce teachers and others invoved in math education at the secondary level to Java based technologies for creating interactive web applets for math education. While the Escot repository encompasses three major components, JavaSketchpad, SimCalc (or MathWorlds) and AgentSheets this workshop will focus on the use of one of them: JavaSketchpad. JavaSketchpad is a companion to Geometer's Sketchpad that allows educators and students to take simulations developed in Geometer's Sketchpad and convert them into applets. The history of the CECM's involvement with Java components for math education includes two major initiatives: the Centre's participation with Island Pacific School in a middle school geometrical transformations unit and the Centre's recent association with the ESCOT group based at SRI in the states. The structure of this workshop follows ESCOT's "integration team" model for software development.

IPS Experience:
using javabeans to create a suite of learning activities for geometrical transformations; working with students to create their own games, activities, and learning resources. http://wayback.cecm.sfu.ca/~sinclair/Transformations/

Escot project:

component architectures, modular software, middle school focus, interdisciplinary trend, internet and applets, Math Forum POWs, Show-me center, JavaSketchpad, Agentsheets, MathWorlds, Educational object economy. http://www.escot.org/

Integration teams:

second workshop, first in Canada. working as teams (researchers, programmers and teachers) to develop effective, reuseable, flexible learning resources. http://wayback.cecm.sfu.ca/~tstanway/java_wshop.html

Tentative Schedule
Thursday, August 5th
Friday, August 6th
9:00 - 10:00 
9:00 - 10:00 
Demo of Escot activities (pirates, licorice, paper-folding, family-planning)
10:00 - 10:30 
Escot activities tour (nctm, squarebowling, spinnerPOW)
10:00 - 10:30
What makes a good activity?
10:30 - 10:45 
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:30 
Geometer's Sketchpad, JavaSketchpad
10:45 - 12:30
How does the Builder work? 
12:30 - 1:15
12:30 - 1:15
1:15 - 1:30
1:15 - 4:00
Building and sharing activities
1:30 - 3:30 
Designing activities
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3:30 - 4:00
Sharing activities
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Tips on working with the builder
JavaSketchpad ideas


Jill Britton
Walter Britton
Alan Cooper
Wayne Matthews
Steve Funk
Carleton Chan
June Lester
Malgorzata Dubiel
Yolanda Yuen
Terry Stanway
Nathalie Sinclair

July 30th, 1999
Nathalie Sinclair

Contact: Nathalie Sinclair or Terry Stanway

Pacific Institue for the Mathematical Sciences

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