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Developing content knowledge, pedagogical expertise, and skill in using technology for discrete and continuous modeling, geometric modeling, and spatial reasoning
Modeling and Spatial Reasoning(Modspar) is a yearlong Advanced Teacher Capacity professional development program for mathematics teachers in Grades 9-12. Modspar 2013 begins with a 2-week summer institute at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, 8-19 July 2013, with follow-up during the 2013-2014 school year. See related article: Of Note: Research News Briefs: Cool Tools, page 6 of 44.
Modspar focuses on discrete and continuous modeling as well as geometric modeling and spatial reasoning. Participants explore these concepts in-depth using TI-nspire handheld computers, TI-nspire software, and other tools for teaching and learning. In addition, participants develop and enact plans to use rich instructional activities and assessments in their classrooms. The summer institute is followed by ongoing online support and two face-to-face workshops during 2013-2014.
The Modspar program provides participants with $400 worth of materials, access to additional resources, plus food and stipends. Optional graduate credit is available at a reduced tuition rate. A free residential option is available for participants who live more than 45 miles from Ohio University. For Modspar questions, contact Mary Harmison.
Here's what past Modspar participants have said:
"The institute gave me new ideas and new approaches."
"I gained a greater depth of understanding of the material and a broader range of applications and examples from which to build."
"As a result of this institute, I used more technology in my classroom than I have ever used in the past."
The Modspar program is supported by the Advanced Teacher Capacity (ATC) grant. The total estimated costs for the 2013-2014 ATC project are $320,689, which includes a $179,625 grant of federal funds from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents, covering approximately 56% of the total costs.