is TeachMap? Few people would deny that mathematics today is at the center of
most advanced technological fields. Accordingly, COMAP has developed
a two-semester developmental mathematics program (DevMap). This
program emphasizes mathematical modeling. It uses problems based
on applications taken from a wide array of industries and technical
areas including engineering, biology, biochemistry, environmental
science, precision agriculture, and GPS.
We know that successful use of an applications-based curriculum
is largely dependent on the ability of faculty to work with real-world
problems derived from settings that may be unfamiliar to them. To
provide appropriate professional development opportunities, COMAP
has received support from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
for project TeachMap.
The TeachMap workshop focuses on how to use techical applications
to enhance student learning. Instructors involve participants in
active, context-rich investigations that can be used to explore
traditional and non-traditional mathematical concepts. Technology
(such as graphing calculators, geometric drawing utilities, and
calculator-based laboratories) is used when appropriate.