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McSiip at the CSM STEM Center of Rowan University is offering a wide variety of engaging, hands-on workshops this year with a focus on technology in mathematics and science education. A brief description of each workshop is provided below. Be sure to click on the link in the description to view a full color flyer for each workshop (they will be up shortly), or click here for a brochure with all of our workshops listed!

All workshops are $149 per day, run from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm (unless otherwise stated), and will be held at Rowan University with room locations to be given in your confirmation email.  All participants will receive a certificate for 5 PD hours (upon completion) and will only have a few short breaks, but no long lunch break. Please bring snacks with you.

Please note that registrations via phone, fax, mail, or e-mail will NO LONGER be accepted. (Please note: Submitting school paperwork does not constitute registration on our website; you must submit the online registration form with your contact information in order to receive a confirmation from us via email.) For more information please contact Mary Hartman at (856-256-4827). Please register early – those who have been on our waiting lists know - space is limited!

Mathematics, Science and Technology Workshops: Spring 2017

Introduction to Simple Machines using Lego Mindstorms
The goal of this workshop is to provide Middle School teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to introduce Simple Machines to their science students. Examples of Simple Machines include levers, pulleys, wedges, inclined planes and gears. Participants will learn to build at least one example of each machine using parts from the Lego Mindstorms kit, and will also learn the basic mathematics behind each machine. This workshop will be especially useful to teachers who are serving as mentors for First Lego League teams.

Grades: 5 to 8, Date: 3/14/17, Facilitator: Dr. Eric Constans

The Standards and Statistics
The Standards now put an emphasis on statistics and probability starting in Junior High continuing through high school. Many teachers have had only one course (at most) in statistics and probability. We will review the standards for each grade, reviewing vocabulary for everyone, but we will mostly work on using manipulatives that you can use in your classroom to introduce or reinforce the concepts of the Standards. Bring that TI calculator and come prepared to have fun!
Grades: 7 to 12, Date: 3/16/17, Facilitator: Douglas Smith

Mathematical Mindsets; The work of Dr. Carol Dweck and Dr. Jo Boaler
This workshop will look at issues of mathematics education in the United States and how teaching mathematics for a growth mindset can unleash students’ potential through creative mathematics, inspiring messages, and innovative teaching. During the workshop, we will identify what’s going wrong in our classrooms, examine more effective classroom approaches, the power of mistakes and struggle, the importance of flexibility with numbers, and assessment techniques that encourage learning.
Grades: K-8, Date: 3/23/17, Facilitator: Bill Smith

Algebraic Thinking and Making Sense of Algebra in Elementary and Middle School
Too many people, teachers included, view arithmetic as teaching students to perform an algorithm to get an answer to a computational exercise. In the same way, algebra is seen as manipulating symbols to arrive at an answer to some algebraic exercise. In both instances the essence of mathematics is completely lost. Further, we teach algebra as if it has little relationship to the mathematics that came before it. Brain research clearly indicates that long-term learning in mathematics requires learners to make sense of the mathematics and attach significance to it. This workshop for elementary and middle school teachers and supervisors will look at algebra as patterns and sequences, as functions and modeling, as generalizing and proof, and as problem solving. Through this view of mathematics, students can see the mathematics in elementary school and middle school as a unified whole that makes sense.
Grades: K to 8, Date: 3/28/17, Facilitator: Bill Smith

Drawing Students into Math through Game Making
Many students play video games, but few understand or respect the incredible need for strong math skills in linear algebra, geometry, and vector mathematics. In this workshop, we will use the free Unity engine to create fun, fast and easy game examples using the scripting language C#. We will tour Rowan’s Virtual Reality Center and experience a one of a kind 10-sided VR system, a 4-sided VR system, the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. It is recommended to bring a laptop and to install Unity ( before attending. There will be live lecture and live coding opportunities.
Grades: 6 to 12, Date: 4/5/17, Facilitator: George Lecakes

Statistical Insight for High School Teachers
This workshop will cover topics including teaching statistical thinking regarding tendency and variability using graphs and writing exercises, using simulation to teach the concepts of sampling distributions and the central limit theorem as well as the meaning of a confidence level, using simulation results to teach the concept of the p-value. Throughout the workshop, we will use free data analysis software that is available via the Web. Instructors will receive instruction in using the software along with learning the statistical methodology. Participants will be given insight on using technologies used in statistics.
Grades: 9 to 12, Date: 4/7/17, Facilitator: Dr. Chris Lacke

Good Questions for Inviting Learning in Mathematics
This workshop will look at a variety of questions in specific areas of mathematics. The goal of the questions is to excite student interest, raise concepts that students can discuss with their peers, and allow all students to participate. In each mathematical content area, we will look at questions from elementary and middle school, truly open questions, and more standard questioning that requires deeper thinking.
Grades: K to 8, Date: 4/11/17, Facilitator: Bill Smith

Building Engaging & Innovative Problem Solving Lessons - Elementary
This workshop showcases innovative lessons from 3 act videos to numberless word problems in which students are engaged in mathematical problem solving and word problems unlike traditional lessons. Teachers will also explore innovative warm up activities and computational games.
Grades: K to 5, Date: 5/15/17, Facilitator: Dr. Eric Milou

Building Engaging & Innovative Problem Solving Lessons - Secondary
This workshop showcases innovative lessons from 3 act videos to numberless word problems in which students are engaged in mathematical problem solving and word problems unlike traditional lessons. Teachers will also explore innovative warm up activities and computational games.
Grades: 6 to 12, Date: 5/16/17, Facilitator: Dr. Eric Milou

Formative Assessment with Technology
This session will have teachers engaging in several formative assessment tasks using free technology from Desmos and Peardeck. The tasks will demonstrate that we can engage students in their learning and assess their understanding in real time using such technology.
Grades: 6 to 12, Date: 5/17/17, Facilitator: Dr. Eric Milou

Nothing but Desmos – the most amazing math app on the Internet
This workshop will explore the free online graphing calculator Desmos and demonstrate innovative inquiry based lessons and formative assessments with Desmos.
Grades: 6 to 12, Date: 5/22/17, Facilitator: Dr. Eric Milou