Fall 2016 - Professor Kate Poirier

Author: Josiel

Research Article: Jodel & Josiel

Source: EBSCO Database from Citytech Library
Published: October 1st, 2014
Title: Key factors for Successful Integration of Technology into the Classroom: Textbooks and Teachers
Author(s): Hee-Chan Lew, Seo-Young Jeong


The article is about the use of technology in a classroom; however, the author accentuates the most in Korean secondary school mathematics. From the article the author states that Korean Mathematics teachers and Korean Mathematics textbooks are the two primary reasons why it is difficult to implement technology in Korean Mathematics education. Furthermore, she talks about the four main components of the role of technology in math learning and teaching as well as noting that the role of technology in mathematics education requires careful distinctions between two different types of mathematical activities.

In fact the author defines the levels of technology-use in mathematics classroom within eight types of level of use in sequence. In addition, the author shows that technology mainly plays a technical role in activities of Korean senior secondary mathematics textbooks. There are 193 exercises with technology in Korean senior secondary Mathematics textbooks. However, there are 124 activities with technology in junior secondary textbooks.

Does Mathematics education benefit without technology benefit the teachers?

Prime Numbers and Prime Factorization-Josiel

I will be creating a lesson plan template on Maple for a lesson on Prime numbers and prime factorization. The audience will be middle school students. Junior high is the time where one usually learns about primes. In a classroom, I have questions in the Maple document to ask students as I guide them through figuring out what prime numbers are and I will also use the mathematical component of Maple. The mathematical component of Maple will be used to make sure our prime numbers and prime factorization are correct since Maple has functions inside the program to determine if it is correct or not. In the end I will talk to students on why prime factorization is important and how it relates to us in the real world.

Teachers: Sage vs. Guide -Josiel

I am a very gullible person and I sometimes over think certain things. The article that I just read made me rethink about becoming an educator. And that is not cool because I am so close to finishing. It’s not a matter of me agreeing to the article but I believe it CAN happen and it’s really scary to think about it. After watching the TED talk and reading the article, I can actually see a future education where teachers are merely just facilitators and the students are learning for themselves. They are being guided and being asked questions. Michael Godsy said in his article: “-that teachers should transfer from being a ‘sage on the stage’ to being a ‘guide on the side’”. Although it rhymed it hit me.

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Napoleans Theorem- Josiel Nunez

Napoleans Theorem States:

If equilateral triangles are placed on the sides of any triangle, the centroid of those equilateral triangles form another equilateral triangle. The newly formed equilateral triangle is called the Napolean Triangle.

The napoleon point is the concurrence of the lines drawn between vertices of any \triangle{ABC} and the opposite vertices of the Napolean Triangle.

Link to my dynamic worksheet: Napoleans Theorem and the Napolean Point Project

HW #3: Review of “The Impact of Classroom Technology on Student Behavior”


This research was very interesting because I got to see the impact of technology in classrooms that currently have it, don’t have it, and what would happen if we were to remove technology from classrooms that do and do not have it. Some of the students responses at the end of the study was surprising but it did allow me to see a different perspective on technology in the classroom.


We live in the computer era. Technology is everywhere. We have computers, laptops, tablets, cellphones, etc. The amount of information we have at our fingertips is incredible. The majority of people need technology to function in their lives. This use of technology is moving into the classroom and if not all classrooms should have it by now, well at least some form of it. But it isn’t a matter of using technology in the classroom, it is a matter of how effectively it is being used. Students in a university were invited to participate in a study that studied the effects of technology in the classroom. Some students would answer a survey on how technology would affect their learning if the instructor explicitly said they did not use technology in the classroom; and some students would answer a survey on how the absence of technology would impact them.

The results of this study concluded that technology in the classroom has a positive impact on students’ behavior. Interestingly enough, removing technology from a course have different impacts. Some students say it has a positive impact on the amount of study time they receive and some students say that it can decrease their attentiveness in the classroom and the amount they learn. But technology does have an impact for “- student preparation for class, attentiveness, quality of notes taken, student participation in class –“ (Angeline M. Lavin, Leon Korte, Thomas L. Davies).


Although this isn’t an article, I agree with the results from the study. In my opinion technology in the classroom does improve students’ participation, and the quality of the notes they take. The results from the study proved that to be true even though it was a study done on one university and not many. If a student is in a class where the instructor is just lecturing, expect the student to fall asleep or forget what is happening. Technology does increase attentiveness.



Project #1 – Trigonometry- The Unit Circle

In my presentation I will be reviewing the basic trig functions of sin cos and tangent. And will be showing how it was created using a diagram of a right triangle. I will give a problem to the class and show how a unit circle is helpful and that it is a great tool to understand sines and cosines in right triangles.

Here is my demos link: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/rkizfzqjon

Introducing Josiel Nunez

As you can see my name is Josiel Nunez and I grew up here in New York City. I currently reside in the Bronx, and I think I want to move away from the city someday. I’ve always loved math since middle school and I think the reason is because I can grasp concepts fairly quickly. Math Education wasn’t originally my career option but I’ve always had a feeling that I would become a teacher. I used to be a Civil Engineer major. What made me change was how passionate I was to educate others. I love passing down knowledge and I hope I do a great job at it.

My hobbies includes playing guitar and piano, and I love tech. I can rant on about technology, I know how to build computers, fix computers, I just love tinkering with devices. I currently work for HP as a sales representative for the company. So in terms of teaching as my career, my job allows me to teach others (consumers) about the latest and greatest products out there now. It works hand in hand in my opinion and I love it.

I am excited for this semester because I love school and I cant wait to educate myself further!