The Preparing to Teach Mathematics with Technology [PTMT] project has been funded through grants from the National Science Foundation since 2005. The series of funded projects collectively have been developing, using, testing, and disseminating an innovative integrated approach to prepare prospective secondary and middle school mathematics teachers to effectively use technology in their classrooms. Preparing mathematics teachers for technology-equipped classrooms in the 21st century is a complex task. Given the changing nature of technology, it is important that teachers develop a model of teaching and learning that goes beyond the specifics of a technology tool so that they are able to make informed decisions about the appropriate use of technology. The PTMT project has impacted the practices of about 80 faculty in teacher education programs across the U.S. and Canada, and our materials have been used with an estimated 1,500 prospective and practicing mathematics teachers. Thus, the goals of this longitudinal project are to:
- create instructional materials,
- implement and sustain the use of new instructional strategies in teacher education programs,
- develop faculty expertise, and
- evaluate and research the effectiveness of the PTMT approach.
The instructional materials consist of three books, each with accompanying website that contains technology files and videoclips. Each book is written to include about 18-20 hours of contact time, with additional tasks and project ideas that can be used as assignments. Two books, one focused on Data Analysis and Probability (2010), and another on Geometry (2012), are currently published by Kendall Hunt Publishing. The book focused on teaching Algebraic topics with technology is currently under development and testing, with an estimated publication date of Spring 2014.
The project conducts annual summer institutes for mathematics teacher education faculty. These faculty then continue to collaborate through sharing resources, staying connected through social media and at professional conferences, and conducting cross-institutional research.