Innovation in Multivariable Calculus Learning with CalcPlot3D Applet, a collaborative project involving the University of Oklahoma, Robert Morris University and Monroe Community College, will be featured May 5 through 12 in the STEM for All Video Showcase. Starting Tuesday, May 5, this video presentation will be available at http://stemforall2020.videohall.com/p/1842.
Paul Seeburger with Monroe Community College created CalcPlot3D, a free digital tool used in the teaching and learning of Multivariable Calculus. Deborah Moore-Russo, OU First-Year Mathematics director, and Monica VanDieren of Robert Morris University studied student interactions with the tool and its impact on learning under National Science Foundation grants 1524968, 1523786 and 155216. Their research was used to modify CalcPlot3D. A short video that describes the CalcPlot3D tool will be featured in the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation.
This is the first year for Moore-Russo and her collaborators to enter the STEM for All Video Showcase.
“We made the decision to enter the video showcase so more people, both instructors and students, could learn about CalcPlot3D,” said Moore-Russo. “CalcPlot3D is a free tool that helps with visualizing mathematical objects and relationships in three dimensions. Not only does CalcPlot3D work across different digital devices, it is available in both English and Spanish, and it uses intuitive drop-down menu functionality. All this, and it is free.”
Now in its sixth year, the annual showcase will feature over 170 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching that have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the week-long event, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online and vote for their favorites.
The theme for this year’s event is “Learning from Research and Practice.” Video presentations address improving K-12 STEM classroom, informal environments, undergraduate and graduate education, teacher professional development, and community engagement. Last year’s STEM for All Video Showcase is still being accessed, and to date has had over 76,000 unique visitors from 181 countries.
The STEM for All Video Showcase is hosted by Technical Education Research Centers, an independent research-based nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and engaging learners through stimulating research, materials and tool development.
Partnering with TERC are the STEM Teacher Leadership Network, Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education, Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning, STEM Learning and Research Center, CS for All Teachers, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teaching Association, NSF INCLUDES and the Quality Education for Minorities Network. The showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1922641).