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*To*: seul-edu@seul.org*Subject*: Re: [Fwd: Re: [seul-edu] Looking for math curriculum]*From*: Gunnar Stefansson <gunnar@hafro.is>*Date*: Thu, 17 May 2001 01:05:50 +0000*Delivery-Date*: Wed, 16 May 2001 21:06:06 -0400*In-Reply-To*: <3AFFBF33.7EB8E58A@suscom.net>; from dloss@suscom.net on Mon, May 14, 2001 at 07:19:15AM -0400*References*: <3AFFBF33.7EB8E58A@suscom.net>*Reply-To*: seul-edu@seul.org*Sender*: owner-seul-edu@seul.org*User-Agent*: Mutt/1.2.5i

Hello, all This whole topic is of major interest, be it the general use of computers in classrooms or how to solve issues as the ones in Louisiana. > > > My question: does anybody have contacts or information about > > > computer-based remedial math programs for at-risk high school students? > > > We really need a comprehensive curriculum that starts from the basics > > > such as number sense, counting and so on. Ideally, it should progress > > > all the way through Algebra 1 and geometry. If it matters, the network > > > runs Linux but can also access anything on the Internet. I don't have > > > good enough hardware to run Windows emulation at any decent speed. It seems to me that there really is precious little that will happen if one just buys a bunch of computers - even if lots of fancy software is included (yes, even if it´s our favourite Linux). We do need to get our students to use the darned things and to learn from using them. What I´m betting on up here in the north Atlantic is to use a carrot-and-stick argument (though mainly the stick)... Current stick: Currently the students do have to hand in homework. In practice this is often poorly worked-up (i.e. dead-wrong and totally silly answers) or copied but there is a requirement to hand it in - otherwise they do not qualify to take the exams. Suggested alternative stick: The students do not get to take the final exam unless they have handed in on-line homework. They have to answer x% of the on-line questions (correctly) in order to qualify to take the exam. I see x as 75, which is our mandatory return rate for (copied and erroneous) homework. This time x refers to correct answers to many short quiz questions. Current carrot: They get to take the exam. New carrot 0: The same. New carrot 1: The on-line homework is very fast to answer (many small quiz questions) and replaces long and tedious math assignments [yes, that's just an ad - there are very *many* multiple-choice questions]. New carrot 2: If you qualify for taking the exam then you are almost certain to pass it (yup, this does mean putting a LOT of work into the quiz questions). Any experience from or thought on this sort of scheme? G

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