Near the end of the 2013 Spring semester, I received a pleasant surprise. I was informed that a couple of my students had put my name into the hat for the Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award. I was honored, but I was sure that this was a mistake. I know I have students who like me and would probably suggest my name for any award, but to date, I could only recall having my computer in class exactly once for a quick 5 minute demo. I didn't even allow graphing calculators during exams. So, I was quite puzzled.
But, once I realized I was actually being recommended, and that CTRL was serious about giving me the award, it became apparent that it was for this app which I wrote for my students in MATH 154. You see, yes, it was a 5 minute demo, but it was a 5 minute demo of a device agnostic app which I custom wrote for them to help them study the projective geometry unit I'd written for the course. In addition to giving an acceptance speech for this award (on August 14), I was invited to be part of the Travelling Troupe during the lunchtime demos for technology. Since I only had a few minutes at each table, I made some demo apps which would be easier to talk about. These apps are prefilled with only a small number of questions, and their intent is to demonstrate the app's action rather than the content. The other apps I wrote are actually for my students.