What does the prestigious Mathematics Teacher publication and Dr. Anne Quinn have in common?
A paper titled “Using Apps to Visualize Graph Theory.” The piece, written by Quinn, chairperson of the department of mathematics and computer science at Edinboro University, was recently published in the April 2015 edition of the Mathematics Teacher, a journal by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
Quinn’s paper talks about tablet applications and Apple iOS phones that can be used in graph theory, which is an up and coming research in the mathematics area.
Quinn had been having technology problems in her MATH370 class from computer program failure to laptop issues. She searched for a solution. Knowing that there were apps out there that helped students with math, she researched to see if there was an app that would help her draw complicated figures.
“Once my teaching colleagues and I discovered how much algebra can be done by using cell phone apps, we had to constantly remind students to put their cell phones away,” Quinn told Mathematics Teacher.
“However, during a recent graph theory unit, when our laptops were not working, I found myself asking students to take their phones out again to follow along in class. The app discussed in this article can be used on any iOS device, including iPads, iPods and iPhones,” Quinn added.
The app is called “Graphing” and provided much help to the students by making them do most of the work and display the results.
Quinn decided to write a paper on how one could input matrix representations and determine if the resulting graph was isomorphic, bipartite, and/or planar.
She provided explanations, examples, screenshots of every move from her iPod, and technical tips.
“I love getting published in national journals. It is good publicity for Edinboro, and as a result, I frequently hear from old advisors and colleagues who I haven’t heard from in 20 years. Since the journal lists my email address, I have also heard from strangers in the U.S. or Europe who would like more details on my project or would like to ask me some questions,” Quinn said.
This article is one of many that Quinn has had published in the NCTM, a process that takes several months of waiting and revisions to see your work published as early as eight months after approval or 1-3 years after approval.
“Engaging in scholarship is a valued aspect of faculty members’ work. As in this case, generally that scholarship enhances the professor’s teaching in some way and also allows them to share new knowledge within their discipline. That sharing improves teaching across the country and brings recognition to Edinboro University,” said EU President Julie Wollman.
“I am very excited that Dr. Quinn’s work made it through a challenging peer review process and has been published in a national professional journal that is highly respected by mathematics teachers. This brings honor to Dr. Quinn and to the university,” Wollman added.
Quinn’s advice for students interested in getting their work published would be, “The best way to get your first publication would be to do an independent study with a professor that might lead to a joint publication. Another way is to join a professional organization in your field, like the NCTM. They have advice on their websites about how to publish. Of course, reading their journal would give you an idea on what they want.”
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the world’s largest mathematics education organization, with 80,000 members and more than 230 affiliates across the U.S. and Canada.
Members of their site can check out her writing on the NCTM website.
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