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Technology sessions at NCTM meeting
For starters we created a website that lists 130* technology related math sessions at the upcoming conference (link.) To determine which sessions made the cut I did a tag frequency analysis of the words used in the titles and descriptions of the talks. I also compared it to last year’s results (See CLIME Blog entry – April, 2009). Here is a spreadsheet graphic of my results.
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- Overall the percentage of sessions (134 out of 770) is about 17% which is slightly above the average for the annual meetings over the years. Last year it was 14.5% and in 2008 16%.
- The biggest jump was in the number of times SMART (as in Smartboard) appears. Smartboards or generically IWB (Interactive White Boards) have grown in popularity. And there is some debate about them as you might expect. (See Bill Feriter’s “Why I Hate Interactive Whiteboards” and Henri Picciotto’s blog response.)
- Very few references to Web 2.0 tools. Not unexpected given the Board's (and program committee's) lack of general support for technology. I’ll have more to say about this in my next blog entry.
- You can download all or parts of the conference program book here.
* Updated: 4/11/10
** For more about Math 2.0 see my blog entries: "In Search of Math 2.0" and "Math 2.0 – Making a Virtual Splash in San Diego?"
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