MATH 224W Linear Algebra - Section 1: MWF 9-9:50am; Section 2: MWF 11-11:50am. Office Hours: MWF 1:30-3:30pm.
Mathematics and Hamilton's Educational Goals
Hamilton college has 8 educational goals, and they are highlighted in different ways in different math courses that I teach.
- Intellectual Curiosity and Flexibility - all courses
- Analytic Discernment - all courses
- Aesthetic Discernment - MATH 224W,MATH 325W
- Disciplinary Practice - MATH 224W, MATH 325W
- Creativity - all courses
- Communication and Expression - MATH 325W, MATH 361
- Understanding of Cultural Diversity - reading seminar
- Ethical, Informed and Engaged Citizenship - MATH 113, MATH 116, MATH 361, reading seminar
In each of my syllabi, I explain more fully which educational goals are most germane to the course (and how so).
I use technology to enrich my classes. At Hamilton, we use Blackboard as a course-management platfrom. Additionally, here's a list of tools I find invaluable:
- GeoGebra - a nice (free!) graphing app for computer, tablet, and phone (android and iOS). Exports to pstricks and tikz formats for including lovely graphics in your LaTeX documents.
- Desmos - more graphing software. This one is a little easier for live demos in class, and you can share links with your students very easily (they can play with graphs by heading to the website).
- ShareLaTeX - tex in the cloud for multiple collaborators. Students should expect to use this in every course I teach at the 200-level and beyond.
- GoodNotes - an iPad app for notetaking. I use this app to write my lecture notes (and to take notes at committee meetings, etc). I also use this to write comments on student papers that are submitted digitally.
- Doceri - a pencasting app for your Mac and your iPad. It does a lot more, but I can't vouch for the full suite of features.
- Wunderlist - a cross-platform to-do list with a lot of great features. You can assign due dates, reminders, notes, and subtasks to tasks. And, if your colleagues use Wunderlist, you can share lists.