The MTA Inaugural conference will be conducting the following workshops in parallel on Friday, 4th January 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Brief descriptions of the workshops are given below. Participants are requested pre-register for one of the workshops only (as seats are limited in both) by entering their choice while registering for the conference.
Workshop I: Technology in Mathematics Education (W1)
In a world where technology is constantly evolving, it is imperative that mathematics teachers and educators develop an in depth understanding of the potential as well as challenges of integrating various technology tools in mathematics teaching and learning.
The workshop session will begin with an overview of various technology tools available for exploring mathematical concepts and will highlight specific examples of how these have been used in classrooms. This will be followed by two sessions where participants will be given hands – on experience in exploring problems in a Dynamic Geometry Software such as GeoGebra and a spreadsheet such as MS Excel/Calc. The workshops will be conducted by Dr. Ajit Kumar, Ms Sangeeta Gulati and Dr. Aaloka Kanhere. The workshop will end with a question-answer session/interaction with the audience.
Participants who wish to pre-register for this workshop, are requested to bring their own laptops in which they can access Excel and GeoGebra Classic 5. The steps for loading GeoGebra Classic 5 are as follows:
Step 1: Go to https://www.geogebra.org/download
Step 2: Click on App downloads on the left hand side of the screen.
Step 3; Scroll down to GeoGebra Classic 5 on the right hand side of the screen and click on DOWNLOAD.
Workshop II: Bridging School and College Mathematics (W2)
There are multiple facets and complexities when we delve into the topic of the workshop. We plan to explore this through two lectures and a panel discussion. The lectures by Professors Kumaresan and Shobha Bagai, will take up topics in Mathematics that students find difficult to handle when they move from school to college. Our panelists Dr Anisa Chorwadwala, Dr Revathy Parameshwaran and Prof Vijayakumar Ambat will shed light on the many aspects related to bridging the gap from their experiences in School, Undergraduate and Postgraduate mathematics teaching experiences. As part of the Panel discussion we will also have a question answer session/ interaction with the audience.