Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, as he offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the reasons behind the difficulty of several of the traditional trouble spots in math. Topics discussed will be determined by the audience and may include: division of fractions and multiplication of decimals (using those mindless rules), long-division, story problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous topics, all of which seem to indicate that mathematics is just naturally “difficult.
Tom Clark is a lifelong teacher of mathematics and science, with 46 years’ experience in education. In addition to teaching, he has served as the state mathematics supervisor for the Indiana Department of Education, the supervisor of K-12 mathematics for Indianapolis Public Schools, and director of curriculum development. In addition, he has authored several mathematical resources for the Houghton-Mifflin Publishing Co. and for the Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. His unique awareness of the needs of both teachers and students has helped him win the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award, the Purdue Chancellor’s Award, and the Purdue School of Science Faculty Teaching Award. In the last 18 years he has focused on the development of multimedia programs that challenge traditional methods of instruction and that help with both individualized and group learning. He has written several articles on the subject and has been a featured speaker at many conferences across the country, addressing techniques of interweaving technology and instruction for concept development, especially in the areas of middle school and high school mathematics. Tom is currently president of VideoText Interactive, a company that specializes in bringing the textbook to life through technology. The company’s two major programs, “Algebra: A Complete Course” and “Geometry: A Complete Course,” have been acclaimed nationwide, as comprehensive college-preparatory mathematics courses.