Michigan NExT at the 2011 Annual Meeting  

Michigan NExT Coffee Break 
Friday, May 6
2207/2209 Rood Hall, Western Michigan University
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

The 2011 Michigan NExT Symposium 
Saturday, May 7
2207/2209 Rood Hall, Western Michigan University
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Innovations in Teaching: using technology in and out of the classroom
& Titles
Matt Boelkins (Grand Valley State University): Geogebra: Easy, Elegant, and Free
Gavin LaRose (University of Michigan): How, or if, Web Homework is Effective
Randall Pruim (Calvin College): How computation can (should?) change the way we teach

Registration:  We ask that colleagues who are planning to attend the symposium (but not give a talk) please email David Murphy (dmurphy@hillsdale.edu) no later than Wednesday, April 27, to register for the symposium.  By registering before this deadline, MiNExT participants are eligible to have their meal provided by the Michigan MAA at the annual meeting's Saturday luncheon immediately prior to the symposium. In your email correspondence, please indicate whether you will be able to attend the Saturday luncheon. On your Annual Meeting registration form, you still need to register and pay to attend the meeting, but for Saturday's luncheon you should mark your number while leaving the cost line blank.

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Speakers, Titles and Abstracts for the 2011 Symposium 
Matt Boelkins (Grand Valley State University)
Geogebra: Easy, Elegant, and Free
There are dozens of reasons you and your students should use Geogebra. Three are that the program is easy to use, elegantly programmed, and free to anyone with an internet connection to use. In this presentation we'll demonstrate some of the remarkable features of the software, including its simultaneous three-pronged perspective using algebra, graphs, and a spreadsheet, and also discuss some of the many possibilities for ways students can use Geogebra in their work.
Gavin LaRose (University of Michigan)
How, or if, Web Homework is Effective
What are the arguments for (or against) on-line homework? What data support the idea that it is effective at promoting student learning? In this presentation we will explore the positive aspects of on-line homework, what evidence we have of its effectiveness, and discuss some ideas of how it may be best used to enhance students' understanding and aquisition of course material. We will also consider the different options that faculty have for incorporating on-line homework in their courses.
Randall Pruim (Calvin College)
How computation can (should?) change the way we teach
Examples using R (for statistics) and some in Python and/or Sage will be discussed.

Michigan NExT is a forum for pre-tenure faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduate mathematics, although all faculty are invited to attend the symposium.   To become involved in Michigan NExT, or to nominate a speaker for this year's symposium, please contact David (dmurphy@hillsdale.edu).