This is just a quick summary of two sessions to remind myself of two things I learned.

The first is kind of trivial in that it is only one fact. Desmos has a command that generates a normal curve that gives the area between two measurements. Use normaldist(m,s). Then don’t use z-scores in Math 131. The impact could be broader. I definitely want to use this in the winter. I just want to think about what to do with the problem sets and textbook readings that don’t match this. I may just replace the first half of Section 6.2 in its entirety.

Here is more syntax for reference. If you name your normal distribution, say n, you can go from percentiles to measurements using p=n.inversecdf(0.8).

The second session had some good ideas to keep in mind when prepping and structuring classes. Keep achievement, access, power, and identity in mind for as many students as possible. The presentation style was interesting to me as well, however. I usually use Desmos Activity Builder for math intensive activities. You can just use it to follow along lectures, however, with lots of points for viewers/students to offer feedback using matching, drag and drop, fill-in-the-blank and so on.

As I said last week AMATYC might wish to go to a virtual conference once a year at a time opposite the November conference or go to a bi-annual conference. I am learning things virtually and won’t lose much networking as long as we periodically meet face-to-face. My mild frustration was the use of Central Time. Who does that for a national conference? #eastcoastbias

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