February 2013: Software Development Updates
Tools Working Group Meeting Set
The DIAGRAM Tools Working Group will hold its next quarterly meeting at 9 a.m. Pacific time (12:00 p.m. Eastern) on Thursday March 7th. See the Community site for notes from the last quarterly meeting and contact co-chairs Gerardo Capiel and Geoff Freed if you have any input for the upcoming meeting. [Note: you must be a registered member of the site to view the notes. Please contact Julie Noblitt at julien [at] benetech [dot] org if you would like registration assistance.]
Submitted by Mark Horney
DIAGRAM’s collaboration with MeTRC has kicked into higher gear with Robert Wall Emerson at Western Michigan University joining to lead the team investigating mathematical image descriptions. They will begin by surveying the types of mathematical images used in widely available textbook and organize them into a typology. Selecting examples from this typology, they will create parallel descriptions of these images using several different description guidelines, in collaboration with the DIAGRAM Center. Using these descriptions, the WMU team will examine how students interact with the various descriptions and their differential impacts on mathematical learning. Fieldwork for the Mathematic Image Description Project is expected to begin in the fall of 2013.