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"Examining Student Conceptions of Covariation: A Focus on the Line of Best Fit"
with Stephanie Casey, Eastern Michigan University


12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, May 12th, 2015

Abstract: This webinar will present research regarding students' conceptions of the line of best fit prior to formal instruction on the topic. Task-based interviews were conducted with thirty-three eighth grade students, focused on tasks that asked them to place the line of best fit on a scatterplot and explain their reasoning as they did so. Results regarding descriptions and categorizations of students' meanings of the line of best fit and criteria they use when placing it will be presented, including video excerpts of the student interviews. Implications for the teaching and learning of the line of best fit will be discussed
Logistics: The webinar will be conducted using the GoToWebinar software platform. A computer with internet access is all you need. GoToWebinar offers audio participation through your computer microphone.  For participants in the US and Canada, if you prefer the telephone for audio participation, this feature is also available.

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You will see the live presentation on your computer screen and the sound of the presentation will come through your computer. If you can listen to music or hear videos on your computer, your computer has the capability for you to hear the presentation. For your voice to be heard by the presenters, if you wish to ask a question, GTW gives viewers the option of VoIP (voice over the internet) or a telephone option for U.S. and Canadian participants. VoIP will allow everyone from around the world to participate without additional cost. The option to change from VoIP to phone will appear in the screen of options after you enter the webinar. If you wish to change to phone, follow the instructions and enter the provided pin number. If you are using VoIP, you will need a microphone attached to your computer so that your question can be heard by the presenter/audience.

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  • Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server.
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