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Fall 2014 Conference at Monterey, Dec 5-6

The 42nd Annual season Conference was held in Monterey on Dec 5-6 at Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa.

Friday Keynote Speaker: Alon Amit
Randomness in Theory and Practice

We don’t normally think of "do it at random" as a useful approach to performing a task or constructing a complex structure. In this talk we will present some areas where this, surprisingly, has actually been the case: the Probabilistic Method can be used to show the existence of combinatorial objects that are very difficult to build explicitly, and randomized algorithms are used in many places where they seem to perform much better than any approach which is restricted from flipping a coin.

Alon Amit is co-founder of Origami Logic, a marketing analytics company, and has previously worked at Facebook and Google. He earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and is proud to be a frequent speaker at math circles around the San Francisco Bay Area. When not working, biking or spending time with his family, Alon is often answering mathematical (and other) questions on Quora.

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Saturday Keynote Speaker: James Stigler, UCLA
Changing the Culture of Teaching: Mathematics Teaching, and How to Improve It

Cross-cultural and psychological studies are used to ask: what kinds of teaching produce learning with understanding? And, can teaching make a difference in the challenges faced by developmental mathematics students?

James W. Stigler is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. He directed the TIMSS video studies and is co-author of two popular books: The Teaching Gap (with James Hiebert, Free Press, 1999) and The Learning Gap (with Harold Stevenson, Simon & Schuster, 1992). He received his A.B. from Brown University in 1976, a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1982. Dr. Stigler is best known for his observational work in classrooms, and has pioneered the use of multimedia technology for the study of classroom instruction.


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
Spyglass 1 Teaching a Pre-Stats Course: Propelling Non-STEM Students Forward
Jay Lehmann
Making the Connection: Teaching Deaf Students in Math Classrooms
Tom Greenwood, Tom Moran
OEI, BSI, SSI, CAI, EPI, My, Oh My! The CA CC Iniatiatives
Barbara Illowsky
Presentation Powerpoint PDF
Mathematics: The instrument of Science
Michael Greenwich
Cypress If Three Is Enough, Can Five Be Too Few?
Gary Ling
The Influence of Psychology on a Student’s Approach to the Order of Ops
Richard Ries
Presentation Powerpoint PDF
From Memorizing to Understanding: Changing Dev. Math Student’s Beliefs
Wade Ellis
Presentation Handout 1 Handout 2
All About the Common Core & What it Means to Our Math Programs
Larry Green
Spyglass II The Flipped Classroom: An Experiment and Postmortem
John Burke
Passing the Baton to the Next Generation: Nurturing New Faculty
M. Anthony and L. Marecek
1/2 the Time 4 Student Success!
Andreana Grimaldo
Adjunct Faculty Panel
Greg Daubenmire
Big Sur To n=3 and Beyond! While Offline and Solar Powered
Lalu Simcik
Presentation I II III
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = -1/12
Charles Barnett
Making Waves in Multivariable Calculus
John Thoo
No Session
Windjammer I+II Demystifying the Production of Dynamic Videos: 5 Easy Steps
Rachel Winston and Michelle Tahan
Creating and Implementing the College Algebra Course with Udacity
Julie Spitzer
Easily Store and Share Content Using 3C Media Solutions
Tiffany Hickey
No Sesson
Windjammer III+IV Using Simulation/Randomization to Introduce Statistical Inference
Soma Roy
Estimating with Confidence: Developing Students’ Understanding
Beth Chance and Allan Rossman
Hard and Soft Skills that Underlie Teaching a Successful Introductory Stats Course
Mahtash Esfandiari
The Time has Come to Employ Software More Intensively in CC Intro Stats Teaching
Kenneth Brown
Presentation Handout 1 Handout 2

Future CMC3 Conferences

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