An introduction to teaching math through new media
in accordance with the British Columbia 9th Grade math standards.
This course focuses on building a real-world context for the meaningful use of algebra as a means to better understand data. We lead an exploration, not only of data sources on the internet, but of the communities of professionals who use this data in their daily work. We also learn to use the everyday technologies of spreadsheets (in the simplest, 2-column table format) and graphing (bar and x-y coordinate) as well as the tools of research, visualization, and presentation that have become integral to any modern approach towards working with data.
(This course is intended to be coupled with a complementary 9th Grade geometry and measurement-focused course in the 2nd semester.)
Course Schedule & Structure
This half-credit course (roughly 20 weeks) consists of five units of 3 to 4 weeks each. Delivery has been envisioned as face-to-face in a technology-rich setting, with regularly scheduled daily classes with curricular materials and assignments accessed online.
*For more depth, see the Technology sections in the Background chapter and in the User’s Guide.