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Spring 2018 MSTE Friday Lunch - Three Mathematicians Walked into a Bar

Posted on: 4/16/2018 10:51 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Friday Lunch ] [ Math ]

We’re back this week with our LAST presentation of the Spring semester! This week’s speaker is another former MSTE partner who will be here to celebrate our 25th anniversary! Debra Woods was the director of NetMath in the Mathematics department and collaborator with George Reese, MSTE Director, on several partnership grants with schools.

About the Talk: NetMath is a successful online computer-based mathematics program based on the Calculus & Mathematica (C&M) project created by mathematicians Jerry Uhl, Horacio Porta, and Bill Davis. The C&M courseware was born out of the early calculus reform movement, which coincidently coincided with the launch of the powerful computer algebra system, Mathematica. This talk will discuss the authors’ thoughts on teaching calculus, and how NetMath has partnered with MSTE over the past 25 years.

Speakers: Debra Woods

Topic: Three Mathematicians Walked into a Bar

When: Friday, April 20th, 2018, from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, but please don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website!

Time is running out to register for the Community & Campus Day of Service!

Posted on: 4/5/2018 1:49 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ CUVolunteer ] [ Outreach ]

Volunteer shifts are filling up quickly for the sixth annual Community & Campus Day of Service Food Packaging Project! On Saturday, April 14th, you can join in to package 151,000 ready-to-boil meals that will be delivered to Eastern Illinois Foodbank. This event is family-friendly and seated food packaging positions are available. Space is limited, and several shifts have already reached their max capacity, so sign up today to help fight hunger in our community!

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Accessible Beginning-to-End: Integrating Accessibility Into Your Team's Workflow

Posted on: 4/3/2018 7:56 PM

MSTE tech team members Michael McKelvey and Elijah Byrd will present an accessibility-focused pre-conference workshop at the University of Illinois Web Conference on April 4, 2018, titled Accessible Beginning-to-End: Integrating Accessibility Into Your Team's Workflow. They, along with a team of 6 others, will conduct a hands-on workshop with four groups typically involved in the web development lifecycle: project managers, web designers, web developers, and content creators. The workshop will introduce the attendees to the accessibility topics relevant to them in their role in the development lifecycle and give them an opportunity to put their new knowledge into practice in an engaging, hands-on setting.

Spring 2018 MSTE Friday Lunch - Math Teachers, Auto Mechanics, and Internet Education in the 90s

Posted on: 4/3/2018 8:30 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Friday Lunch ] [ Math ] [ Technology ]

Hello MSTE Friday Lunch Crew!!

We’re back this week with another presentation from a former MSTE partner to celebrate our 25thanniversary! Ed Susmilch was the Principal at the Technology Center of DuPage and worked with the MSTE Office in the late 1990s on projects connected digital technologies with career and technical education.

About the Talk: In September, 1989, Ed was a principal at a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school. He was visiting with parents whose students were starting at UIUC. They began to describe a way to make a local phone call on their TRS80 home computer that would allow them to use their computer to send a letter to their student at UIUC - free of charge, much less than the cost of a LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALL. They called this "thing" electronic mail. Everyone in the room shook their head and asked, "Why?" and the overwhelming answer was, "Who knows?". Electronic mail was about as useless as "Pong."

September, 1989 was nearly a full year BEFORE Tim Berners-Lee of the University of Oxford began developing the "protocols" for Hypertext Markup Language" that lead to the development of "Mosaic", the first web browser, that was developed at the NCSA at UIUC and released on January 23, 1993 - a day in which Ed was attending an Internet Conference at "The Chancellor" presented by NCSA.

At the end of the day, at the final General Session of the conference, they displayed "Mosaic". Everyone was in awe. It was so much better than the "green screens" to which they were accustomed when using FTP and Pine.

The rest IS history. Ed's talk at the MSTE Friday Lunch Symposium will recount what happened next with MSTE and that CTE school.

Speakers: Ed Susmilch

Topic: Math Teachers, Auto Mechanics, and Internet Education in the 90s

When: Friday, April 6th, 2018, from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, but please don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website!

Spring 2018 MSTE Friday Lunch - No Homework? No Problem

Posted on: 3/28/2018 12:12 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Friday Lunch ] [ Math ]

Hello MSTE Friday Lunch Crew!!

We’re back this week with another presentation from a MSTE alumnus to celebrate our 25thanniversary! Amar Patel worked at the MSTE Office while he was a student at the University and he is now a mathematics teacher at James B. Conant High School.

About the Talk: Can AP Statistics be taught, learned, and mastered without doing an ounce of what traditionally is called homework? The answer is a resounding yes!

Speakers: Amar Patel

Topic: No Homework? No Problem!

When: Friday, March 30th, 2018, from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, but please don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website!

 

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