This project is using Second Life and other technology to structure carefully planned learning experiences for pre-service teachers. Virtual technologies are used to provide pre-service teachers practice in presenting and assessing problem solving activities in a virtual classroom with diverse populations. Researchers hypothesize that technology enriched strategies have the potential to deepen pre-service teachers' understanding and effectiveness in teaching emerging algebra concepts to diverse student populations.
About Me (Bio):
Gerald Kulm is Curtis D. Robert Professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University. Kulm's areas of research include mathematics knowledge for teaching, mathematics assessment, and curriculum evaluation. Kulm re-joined TAMU in 1999, coming from the American Association for the Advancement of Science where he was Program Director of Mathematics education at Project 2061. There, he edited the book Blueprints for Reform and the report Middle Grades Mathematics Textbooks: A Benchmarks-Based Evaluation. Prior his position at AAAS, Kulm was a program officer at the U. S. Department of Education, and member of the mathematics education faculty at Purdue University, the University of Kentucky, and Texas A&M University. Kulm is the author or editor of more than a hundred publications on teaching, problem solving, attitudes, evaluation, and assessment in mathematics and science education, including the books Teacher Knowledge and Practice in Middle Grades Mathematics and Mathematics Assessment: What Works in the Classroom. He has served as a consultant and reviewer for many funding agencies, projects, publishers, and professional journals. He currently serves as Editor of the journal School Science and Mathematics.