“Technology in the Classroom: Tradition Versus Innovation”

Dr. Cynthia Schneider
UT Austin, Charles A. Dana Center

Wednesday, March 7, 2007
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

As leaders in mathematics education in Texas, Dr. Schneider, and her colleague, Mr. Timothy Pope, will share examples of the use of technology in the mathematics classroom. What does technology look like when it aids the learning of specific content? Why and when might technology interfere with learning content? Is technology the answer to the rising costs of education? Come see what the future holds for students and parents in our community.

Dr. Cynthia Schneider works with the mathematics and research teams at the Charles A. Dana Center. She has participated in several qualitative studies, including the Dana Center’s Opening Doors: Promising Lessons from Five Texas High Schools, the Longitudinal Evaluation of School Change and Performance (investigating elementary Title 1 campuses), the Local Systemic Change grant with Austin ISD and the Department of Education’s national study, conducted by the Dana Center, on high-performing high-poverty middle schools. Her quantitative research includes her dissertation, entitled Connected Mathematics and TAAS and completed in 2000, and a 2003 report on the Examination of Resource Allocation in Education: Connecting Spending to Student Performance. Her current work includes data analysis on the use of a web-based mathematics resource for teachers and students in grades 7-12.

She is currently past-president of the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (TCTM), president-elect of the Austin Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics and a board member of the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT). She is the editor of Texas Mathematics Teacher, a biannual publication of TCTM. For seven states in the western portion of the southern United States, she is the regional representative to the Affiliate Services Committee of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Before coming to the Dana Center, Dr. Schneider taught mathematics at Southwest Texas State University, Austin Community College, and Southwestern University in Georgetown. While living in Europe, she had an opportunity to observe public school mathematics teaching in Germany and Poland.

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