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Technology in Mathematics Instruction Conference 2010

June 8, 2010


The City University of New York and the Center for Digital Education are proud to host the Technology in Mathematics Instruction Conference 2010, which will be devoted to the use of technology in undergraduate mathematics instruction.
This NO COST event will explore the latest tools and advances and investigate technology's role in:

• Tutorials
• Assessment: homework, quizzes, etc.
• Classroom pedagogy
• Online learning
• Resource-sharing
• And more!

The Technology in Mathematics Instruction Conference 2010 will provide CUNY mathematics faculty, department chairs and administrators an opportunity to interact with one another and meet with sponsors.

Designed to address current issues in technology and mathematics instruction, this event offers a unique occasion for members of the CUNY community to network with and learn from each other.




8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibits

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

Alexandra W. Logue, Executive Vice-Chancellor and University Provost
Robert Feinerman, Professor and Chair, Council of Math Chairs

I.  Assessment (e.g., homework, quizzes) and Tutorial Technology (Student Use of Technology)

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Paper Panel on Software Applications

Chair: John Verzani, College of Staten Island

April Allen-Materowski and ShermanWong, Baruch College
WeBWorK and the 24/7 Math Classroom
Regular implementation of WeBWorK, The University of Rochester’s interactive online homework system, has improved student involvement, attendance and comprehension in precalculus and applied calculus at Baruch College. The presenters will show unique ways in which it is implemented in courses – and how it is different from other online homework systems. The presenters will also answer technical questions, including how to write problem sets tailored to your course and how to implement WeBWorK at your own campus.

Michael George, Borough of Manhattan Community College

MyMath Lab: Introduction and Rationale

This talk will introduce faculty to the Web homework system known as MyMath Lab. MyMath Lab is an effective means of motivating students in remedial classes to complete homework assignments. This effectiveness is a result of the interactive nature of the software, which helps students reflect upon the problem-solving process.

Dale M. Dawes, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Implementing WebAssign in the Classroom

The implementation of WebAssign in the classroom will be discussed. With Elementary Algebra classes as a case study, the benefits and challenges in using this new technology are described. The use of WebAssign as a tool to enhance the classroom experience by transforming the class into an environment where students are constantly engaged and are able to receive one-on-one assistance, if necessary, will be discussed.

Frank Wang, Chancellor’s Award Winner / Luis Gonzalez, LaGuardia Community College
LaGuardia’s Contextualized Math Curriculum with Online Learning Supplement

Recognizing that math basic skills courses present a barrier to students’ academic success, LaGuardia launched several initiatives to enhance student learning. In Project Quantum Leap, which contextualizes curriculum, students are made aware that math is ubiquitous and relevant in our lives. With ECUCO online learning system, students use the online tool to practice skills until mastery. EDUCO also allows instructors to track students’ time-on-task and weaknesses, so as to adjust their classroom strategy accordingly.

Leonard Presby, Queens College
Utilizing an Intelligent E-Learning System (ALEKS) in Math

This paper examines a unique approach that was applied in learning math principles. It looks at a new way to extend the traditional classroom to its non-traditional student body with regard to learning and reviewing required math. The results show an increase of learning using this system. Students stated they were more motivated and interested using this method. Outcomes of this study have strong implications to help reduce the problem of students dropping courses.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Morning Break and Exhibits

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Individual Papers on Assessment and Tutorial Systems

Chair: Edward Grossman, City College

John Velling, Brooklyn College

MathLynxTM as Mathematics Pedagogy Environment

MathLynxTM is a MAPLE-based series of interactive texts, tutorials, problem walk-throughs, homework sessions, quizzes and tests for the precalculus-calculus sequence. It includes interactive illustrative Excel spreadsheets for probability and statistics classes. It has been used successfully by faculty members at several CUNY colleges on an experimental basis. Current work is creating a purely online environment for CAS-based interactive material for creation of text, tutorial and evaluation tools.

Stanley Ocken, City College
Using Graphics for Graphing: A Moving Experience

Dynamic graphics are typically the most captivating feature of user interaction with computers. With new software development tools, it is possible for a non-expert programmer to develop visually engaging experiences. These can be used to enhance mathematics instruction at critical points in the curriculum. A sampling of Flash applets will be presented that can be used in the classroom and accessed over the Web to provide opportunities for enhanced teaching and learning in precalculus and calculus.

Thomas Mormino, Chancellor’s Award Winner, College of Staten Island
Elementary Algebra, Self-Instructional Software

A series of 36 brief, animated, self-instructional modules in Elementary Algebra will be
discussed. They mimic what a professor presents on white-board. Instructional support now expands from the usual 4 hours per week to 24/7, from anywhere. Students can adjust presentation speeds to their preference and learn EA at their own rate. The modules are particularly helpful to students who missed a lecture, who didn’t fully understand what was presented in class or who need additional instruction.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch and Exhibits

II. Technology in Pedagogy (Faculty Use of Technology)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Paper Panel on “Computer Algebra Systems”

Chair: John Velling, Brooklyn College

Arnavaz Taraporevala, Nadia Benakli and Satyanand Singh, New York City College of Technology

Using Technology to Stimulate Interest and Enhance Understanding of Mathematics

A variety of examples that span undergraduate level courses in mathematics, such as calculus, probability, statistics and linear algebra, will be displayed. The presenters will show how to visualize and enhance math concepts by simulations that can lead to a better understanding of the subject matter with different Computer Algebra Systems.

Terrence Blackman, Medgar Evers College / David Stone, Brooklyn College

Perspectives from the Front of the Class: Using CAS in situ

Perspectives on what works and what doesn't relative to CAS MAPLE and automated homework/evaluation tools will be discussed. Topics include:

(1) difficulties encountered in getting students to adapt to CAS
(2) generational issues
(3) whether computer access has been a barrier
(4) advantages of giving such a class in a lab versus a pure lecture setting
(5) the evolving role of the instructor
(6) some of the philosophical issues arising in computer-based pedagogy

Christopher Hanusa, Queens College
Where Mathematica Betters My Instruction

This talk will focus on recent uses of Mathematica in the presenter’s instruction of advanced undergraduate courses. Many examples of static and dynamic content will be presented and the benefits that their inclusion brings to instruction will be discussed.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Paper Panel on “Online Mathematics Courses”

Chair: George Otte, Office of Academic Affairs and School of Professional Studies

Glenn Miller, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Comparing Online and "Seated" Statistics Students

This presentation will compare and contrast characteristics of students and students' performance in the presenter's online and traditional sections of the Introductory Statistics course at BMCC. Improving the instruction in either or both modes of instruction delivery will be discussed.

Alla Morgulis, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Personal Approach in Teaching a Distance Learning Mathematics Course

This presentation will emphasize the importance of a personal approach in teaching a distance learning mathematics course. Sometimes students feel lost in a distance learning course because they do not see the professor on a regular basis, unlike in any on-campus course. In this situation, meeting in a virtual classroom is a very useful and valuable tool that helps students to communicate live with the professor and ask all questions that they may have.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon Break and Exhibits

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Individual Papers on the Use of Specific Forms of Technology

Chair: Annie Han, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Sarah Harney, Baruch College

Using the Tablet PC with “one note” in the Classroom

The presentation will demonstrate how this technology is being used in class by a group of Baruch College mathematics instructors to display lecture notes. Techniques shown include pasting external material into the notes during a lecture, using the virtual TI-89 calculator, capturing screen shots and posting the resulting lecture notes on Blackboard for student use. Advantages of this approach and possible extensions will be highlighted.

Andrea Marchese, City College
Going Digital in the Classroom with a Graphics Tablet and Graphics Editing Software

For classes requiring an interactive and dynamic presentation of material, standard presentation software is often too limiting. The use of an inexpensive graphics tablet and graphics editing software offers the ability to combine handwritten notes with graphic images. Scanned pages from textbooks, selections from PDF handouts and graphics developed in outside software packages can easily be pasted into the scroll of class notes, which can later be posted online. The how-to basics will be shown.

Walter Wang, Chancellor’s Award Winner / Peter Gregory, Baruch College
Instructional Math Videos

Today’s students are highly video-oriented. For this reason, we created video lessons for our precalculus/calculus sequence at Baruch College, which is geared toward the pre-business students. The videos cover the entire textbook and solutions to five sample final exams. Production of these videos was initially time-consuming and expensive. To solve these problems, we now use Camtasia software and a tablet PC for production of math video tutorials.

Michael Carlisle, Graduate Center
CUNYMath: A Central Web Presence for the CUNY Mathematics Community

The CUNYMath Website ( was developed from a booklet published by CUNY in the early 1980s. In 2007, this project, under the aegis of the Office of Academic Affairs and the Math Discipline Council, was revived as a Website and has since grown into a clearinghouse for information about mathematics, research, news and education inside and outside CUNY. We discuss what the site has to offer CUNY mathematics faculty and students and potential future additions to the site.

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.



CUNY Graduate Center – Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Map and Directions 

There is no room block set up for this event. Below is a list of nearby hotels.

The Avalon
16 East 32nd Street (between Madison & 5th Avenues)
New York, NY 10016
212.299.7000 /

Bryant Park Hotel
40 West 40th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018
212.869.0100 /

The Carlton Hotel
88 Madison Avenue (between 28th and 29th Streets)
New York, NY 10016
212.532.4100 /

Chandler Hotel
12 East 31st Street (between Madison & 5th Avenues)
New York, NY 10016
212.889.6363 /

Comfort Inn Manhattan
42 West 35th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001
212.947.0200 /

The Dylan
52 East 41st Street (between Park & Madison Avenues)
New York, NY 10017
212.338.0500 /

Hampton Inn at Empire State Building
59 West 35th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001
212.564.3688 /

Hilton Garden Inn

65 West 35th Street (at Madison Avenue)
New York, NY 10001
212.609.1038 /

Hotel 373
373 Fifth Avenue (corner of 35th Street)
New York, NY 10016
212.213.3388 /

Jolly Madison Towers Hotel
22 East 38th Street (off Madison Avenue)
New York, NY 10016
212.802.0600 /

LaQuinta Hotel

17 West 32nd Street (between 5th Avenue. & Broadway)
New York, NY 10001
212.736.1600 /

The Library Hotel
299 Madison Avenue (at 41st Street)
New York, NY 10017
212.983.4500 /

Hotel Metro

45 West 35th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001
212.947.2500 /

70 Park Avenue Hotel
70 Park Avenue (at 38th Street)
New York, NY 10016
212.973.2400 /

Hotel Pennsylvania
401 7th Avenue (at 33rd Street)
New York, NY 10001
212.736.5000 /

Hotel QT
125 West 45th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036
212.354.2323 /

Radisson Martinique
49 West 32nd Street (between 5th Avenue & Broadway)
New York, NY 10001
212.736.3800 /

The Roger Williams
131 Madison Avenue (At 31st Street)
New York, NY 10016
212.448.7000 /

Stanford Hotel
43 West 32nd Street (between 5th Ave. & Broadway)
New York, NY 10001
212.563.1500 /

Thirty.Thirty Hotel
30 East 30th Street (between Park & Madison Avenue)
New York, NY 10016
212.689.1900 /

W New York – The Tuscany
120 East 39th Street (between Lexington & Park Avenues)
New York, NY 10016
212.686.1600 /

Wolcott Hotel

4 West 31st Street (between 5th Avenue & Broadway)
New York, NY 10001
212.268.2900 /

Parking Locations

Garage Management Corporation
 • 300 e. 34th Street (between 2nd & 1st Avenues)
 • 142 E. 31st Street (between 3rd & Lexington Avenues)

Associated Parking Garages
 • 63-67 w. 35th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
 • 74 W. 35th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

Central Parking Systems
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Kinney Parking Systems
 • 106-109 W. 31st Street (between 6th & 7th Avenue)