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California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

Fall 2012 Conference at Monterey

The 40th Annual season Conference was held in Monterey on Dec 7-12, 2012 at the Portola Inn and Spa.

Friday Keynote Speaker: Keith Devlin, Stanford University
THE SYMBOL BARRIER - Using Video Games to Overcome the Greatest Obstacle to Good Mathematics Learning

Most current mathematics education video games are essentially new delivery mechanisms for traditional instruction. In the coming decade we should see classroom pedagogy start to change in significant ways, as we learn how to take full advantage of what the medium offers.Based in part on Devlin’s book Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning, published in March 2011 by AK Peters.

Saturday Keynote Speaker: Van Emden Henson, Lawrence Livermore Lab
A Child’s Garden of Graphs - How a pinch of linear algebra, a smattering of graph theory, and a spoonful of computer science is dominating your life

How do Netflix (or Amazon) recommend the movies (or products) you may like? How do Google, Alta Vista, or Bing assemble their lists of results? How does Mapquest figure out the best route from here to there? How does Expedia find an airline itinerary? How do Facebook or LinkedIn find people you may know? How do dating sites propose possible matches? How do banks catch potentially fraudulent activities? These, and many, many more are examples of graphs in action. While some of the graph algorithms are subtle and complex, a surprising number are remarkably simple. Many can best be understood and implemented with the tools of linear algebra, relying heavily on the matrix-vector product, matrix factorizations, and spectral analysis.

But the modern world is also the world of exponential growth of information, and many of the graphs behind these applications are rapidly growing to extraordinary size. How do we deal with graphs having tens or hundreds of billions of vertices? Will it be necessary to work with trillion- or even quadrillion-vertex graphs? How can we deal with information at enormous scales?

Where the mathematician and the applications scientist devise algorithms to organize, mine, or employ the information, it falls to the computer scientist to create the architectures, hardware, software environments, and the implementations making the computations possible. Just as the information is evolving, so are the approaches to computing and the architectures of the machines

In this talk, Van Emden Henson will describe some of the graph-based problems that have become ubiquitous in today’s world, and the mathematical tools used to address them, and then will describe some of the challenges and approaches to realizing these methods on the most modern computational engines.

Other Events

Friday Afternoon Workshop: Developmental Math, An Open Program

This workshop will provide an overview of the newly released set of developmental math resources from the NROC Project. With support from the Hewlett and Gates Foundations and contributing NROC Network members, the NROC development team engaged administrators, instructors and students in the design, development and pilot testing of these rich-media, adaptable, affordable resources.

The program contains modules in arithmetic, beginning algebra, intermediate algebra, geometry, statistics and trigonometry that are available to import into any learning management system for integrating into classroom, online, blended, or flipped instruction. The workshop will explore the resources and describe some of the unique pilot use cases. The second part of the workshop will be a discussion among participants about what professional development and institutional support are essential for the effective use of these types of flexible resources to engage students and enhance instructional options. Visit to view some of the developmental math media available for free use, or sign up for access to a demo site at Presented by Ruth Rominger, Director of Research, The NROC Project.

Schedule of the Saturday Concurrent Sessions

Presentations provided can be found below.

  Session 1
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session 2
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Session 3
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 4
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bonsai II Encouraging Critical Thinking Famous Mathematicians My Experience and Communication in Dev. Math
Mark Clark
Palomar College
Presentation Game Cards Handout
Some Irrationals I Have Known
John Martin
Santa Rosa Junior College
Famous Mathematicians I Have Interviewed
Anthony Barcellos
American River College
My Experience with Community Math
Robin Kelly-Dunton
Bonsai III New Pathways for Developmental Math: A Look Into Math Literacy
Kathleen Almy and Heather Foes
Rock Valley College
Teaching Conceptual Understanding Through Manipulatives
MaryAnne Anthony and Lynn Marecek
Santa Anna College
Dev. Math Program Systemic Progress at a 4-Year University
John Wilkins and Silvia Kang
C.S.U. Dominguez Hills
The Mo Chart: A New Way to Find and Use the LCD
Molly Martin
City College of San Francisco
Portola FULLY INTEGRATE Study Skills in Your Classroom Using P.O.W.E.R
Sherri Messersmith, Robert Feldman, Larry Perez
College of DuPage, Univ. Mass., Saddleback CC
"MyMathText": You Can Eliminate the Cost of Textbooks for Your Students
Rob Knight
Evergreen Valley College
What’s New with State and National Projects that Impact Our Classrooms?
Ian Walton
Mission College
Presentation Survey
Tenure-Track Hiring
Tracey Jackson
Santa Rosa Junior College
Redwood I Perverse Polynomials
Zwi Reznik
Fresno City College
What's the Function of Functions in Precalculus?
Jay Lehmann
San Mateo College
Series: Oresme to Euler to $1,000,000
Joe Conrad
Solano Community College
No Session
Redwood II Mastery Learning and Elements of Game Design in Your Course
George Woodbury
College of the Sequoias
Students can Understand Concepts using Mathematical Software
Gail Burrill and Tom Dick
NTCM and Oregon State Univ.
Web Resources for Constructing Applications
Andrea Hendricks
Georgia Perimeter College
No Session
Ironwood The Impact of Technology on the Teaching of Stats
Webster West
Texas A & M
Opening the Algebra Gate: a pre-Stats Path to Transfer-Level Math
Hal Huntsman, Myra Snell, Tue Rust
City College of S.F. and Los Medanos CC
Panel: The Best Topics for Intro. Stats Courses
Gene Sellers and Joe Phillips
Sacramento City College
Data-analysis-rich Interactive Statistics Learning Materials
Kenneth Brown
College of San Mateo

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