EMAT 3500
Topics and Technology in Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum

Lisa A. Sheehy 
105D Aderhold Hall 
Telephone (706) 542-4573
FAX (706) 542-4551
e-mail: lsheehy@coe.uga.edu

Prerequisites for EMAT 3500
MATH 2210. If you have not studied inferential and differential calculus,discuss the situation with me.
Course Overview
Students in EMAT 3500 will have the opportunity to:

Required Textbooks and Resources


Title: Mathematics, Pedagogy, and Secondary Teacher Education
Authors: Thomas J. Cooney, Stephen I. Brown, John A. Dossey, George Schrage, and Erich Ch. Wittmann
Publisher: Heinemann

Title:  Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (with CD-ROM) 
Authors: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 
Publisher:  NCTM                 

Software and Technology                      
Geometers' Sketchpad Student Edition 
TI-83 / 83 Plus Graphing Calculator 
Microsoft Office       
Suggested:  Gaphing Calculator



Weekly assignments will be provided. They will be discussed in class and will be due one week later at the next class meeting.

Each weekly assignment will be worth 100 points and will consist of 3 parts:

1. Readings and Reaction Papers (30 pts)

2. Mathematical Investigations (30 pts)

3. Lesson Planning Portfolio Additions (30 pts)

4. Chat Room Discussions (10 pts)




  Possible Points
 Weekly Assignments

 Final Exam


 Total Points


Course Grade

A = 1000 - 900 pts

B = 899 - 800 pts

C = 799 - 700 pts


Attendance Policy

As part of being a professional teacher, regular participation in course activities (e.g., class meetings, chat room, discussion groups) and on-time completion of assignments is expected.

Grades and Requirements

Grading is a necessary part of what we do and it is my intention to base grades on performance in meeting the requirements of the course. This performance includes the following:

Class Attendance and Participation......15%


Midterm Exam....................................10%


Final Exam..........................................15%


Course Description.

This course will concentrate on using various software applications to solve mathematics problems, to organize pedagogical demonstrations, and to set up problem explorations. Students on campus will use application software owned by the Department of Mathematics Education and will carry out the course using primarily MacIntosh computers. All materials for the course are maintained by an Internet Web page site and students will create and use web documents in the
course. Students off campus who have access to their own server have an option put their web productions on their own server and link to the course page.

The emphasis is on exploration of various mathematics contexts to learn mathematics, to pose problems and problem extensions, to solve problems, and to communicate mathematical demonstrations.

The following software will be used:

Graphing Calculator 2.7

Graphing Calculator 2.7 is the new version of a computer program, Graphing Calculator, that comes bundled with PowerPC computers. It is available on all machines in our laboratory in Room 111/113. Version 2.7 will graph relations (implicit functions) as well as functions and can be used for parametric equations, polar equations, 3D graphs, and more. See http://www.pacifict.com. It is available for purchase from the web site for eitherMacintosh Power PC computers or Windows computers.


Geometer's Sketchpad.

GSP is a dynamic geometric construction package with features that include construction tools,
measurement tools transformation tools, and animation tools. Geometer's Sketchpad is published by Key Curriculum Press



Excel is a second generation spreadsheet program that allows creation and manipulation of a data array and the immediate graphing of selected subsets of the array.



xFunction is a freeware program for graphing functions, displaying information on functions, and other utilities.


Tool programs for word processing and drawing.

It is useful to be able to go from any application program to present output within a discussion and to print that discussion on the printed page. Microsoft Word is one of several word processing programs available. Various "paint" programs provide useful drawing capabilities.


PageMill 3.0.

Pagemill is one of many utility programs available for creating HTML documents for Web sites. It is our choicefor the computers in Room 111/113. Other such utilities, such as Microsoft Word, Netscape Composer, or Clarisworks can be used. Any HTML editor will be okay.


A note on EMAT 4690

EMAT 4690 is a follow-up course to EMAT 4680 offered usually Spring semester and it is an extension of EMAT 4680 in two senses. First it allows more advanced use of these software packages as well as other applications. Second, it emphasizes the development of units of material (e.g. sequences of lessons) that might be used with secondary school students.


Course Assignments

The class will use fully ethernet networked computers in Room 111/113. All assignments will be given and turned in via our class Web Site or placed on the student's own web server and linked to this Web Site. We will have access to and learn to use various network tools.


Time on computers

You can not expect to accomplish what you should from this course without time on the computers that is in addition to thetime we have in class. The usual expectation of 2 hours study outside of class for every hour in class is probably a minimum. There are several MacIntosh laboratories available in this building and across campus.

We are scheduled to hold this class in Room 111/113 with a laboratory of Macintosh G3 and G4 computers. The G3 and G4 are in the family of advanced computers in the MacIntosh line. There are some additional PowerPC Macintosh computers in Room 228, Room 615, and in the EMAT office area (Rm 105G).

In general, the application programs we will use in this class will run on any of the Macintosh computers except the oldest machines. There are distinctions such as operating systems and hard disk drives that have to be accounted for. If you have your own Mac, or access to one, I will help you get set up to run these programs on it (if it is possible)

Most Macs today run with operating system 7.6, 8.6, or 9.0. In general, as operating systems have improved over time, most people move to the newest system. Our machines in Room 111/113 use System 9.0.

Most of our software is also available for Windows machines. The functionality of some other Windows software is similar to what we use. Certainly the Windows environment could be used for implementing this course. Students can work at home on a Windows computer and transport to these Rm 111/113 machines via removable media (e.g. floppy disks) or the network. It is also possible to set up FTP access to the server so that your web productions can be implemented from a remote site. Expect to experience a few hang-ups but it will work. Further, software or hardware with similar functionality is available on many hand-held devices.