[Numeracy 17] numeracy

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Susan Jones SUJones at parkland.edu
Thu Jan 21 11:19:13 EST 2010

I'm Sue Jones, and I provide academic support at Parkland College in pre-college courses. We also give some support to people who apply to the college, take our assessment test, and don't do as well as they want.
I'm passionate about making math accessible to more folks who are sure they can't do it. I have just printed out Kate Nonesuch's manual for teaching math to adults to peruse, and I'm planning on doing at *least* the overview for Making Math Real that's coming out to the Chicago area in June. My background includes intensive and extensive training in ORton-Gillingham methods for reading, and I wanted for years to apply that to math and am delighted to see that Maknig Math Real seems to do that.
I've also been interested in using technology to make the abstractions more visual & comprehensible. I think some of the attendance issues could be ameliorated by making some of the instruciton and practice and reinforcement possible via computer & internet. I'm playing with Camtasia but wishing I had the skills with Flash to make things interactive... if people will go to Facebook and do Pirates and Mafia Wars, I can't help but think they'd play and want to "level up" with math skills, too.

Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Center for Academic Success
Parkland College
Champaign, IL 61821
sujones at parkland.edu