Tech Assignment Updates

If you have been using my technology assignments from the Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water  or Doctors and Nurses Projects, you know that for projects early in the semester I give my students extensive directions on how to use the equation editor Mathtype. I use Mathtype because my college bought a site license years ago. It entitled us to use Mathtype 6.5c forever. It integrated with Word 2003 perfectly and even Word 2007 when it came out. However, it does not play nicely with Word 2010. It is possible to make it work, but it does not work as seemlessly as it did with older versions of Word.

Normally this would not be a big deal except many students are beginning to purchase Word 2010 as a part of Office 2010. I could certainly recommend that the college purchase a new site license for the latest version of Mathype, but in these trying economic times such purchases are not likely to go through. Instead, I decided to reevaluate the equation editor that is provided in Word 2007 and 2010 to see if it would be a reasonable substitute for Mathtype.

After several weeks of using the equation editor in Word 2007 and 2010, I decided that it was easy for students to use and produced professional looking equations. It certainly does not produce equations as well as Mathtype, but for College Algebra, Finite Math and Calculus students, it is good enough.

I have been adding new material in the Technology Assignments to cover the usage of the Word equation editor in addition to the existing Mathtype instructions. The affected technology assigments are

  • Technology Assignment: Row Operations on the Ti-83  DOC | PDF in the project Arsenic Removal from Drinking Water
  • Technology Assignment: Rational Model DOC | PDF in the Doctors and Nurses Project

Future projects with Mathtype components will also include a corresponding Word equation editor component also.

Welcome to the New PBL Pathways!

For the last several years PBL Pathways has been a fairly static website…a few new projects each semester, a couple posts about conferences I attended, ect. For the future, I am going to use this blog style entry page in an attempt to be more dynamic.

A number of users have requested more details on how I run my classes, how I come up with new projects, and other similar information. Next semester (starting in August) I’ll document what is going on in my classrooms (I’ll be finished with my sabbatical year) and what I am doing to update projects.

You’ll still find all of the pages you are used to on this site…they can be accessed through the navigation links across the top. Some of the pages maybe spruced up a bit, but they are basically the same.

I’ll caregorize my blog posts so you can find the information on the blog easier…I’ll have a Projects category to hightlight new and existing projects, and categories for each of the classes I teach, College Algebra, Finite Math, and Survey of Calculus. I may add more categories as the need arises.