Date: Aug 30, 2013 1:39 PM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: Add'l Response to Calculator Use posting yesterday

This is an additional response to the posting Wednesday, August 28,
2013 regarding Calculator Use on Exams - Shift With Common Core. FYI
You (and readers of your list) might be interested in a recent essay
published in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics on developing a
healthy skepticism about technology in mathematics teaching:

Rowlett, Peter J. (2013) "Developing a Healthy Scepticism About
Technology in Mathematics Teaching," Journal of Humanistic
Mathematics: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, pages 136-149.

Abstract: A reflective account is presented of experiences which took
place alongside a research project and caused a change in approach to
be more sceptical about implementation of learning technology. A
critical evaluation is given of a previous e-assessment research
project, undertaken from a position of naive enthusiasm for learning
technology. Experiences of teaching classes and designing assessment
tasks lead to doubts regarding the extent to which the previous
project encouraged deep learning and contributed to graduate skills
development. Investigations of the benefits of another technology -
in-class response systems - lead to revelations about learning
technology: its enthusiastic introduction in isolation cannot be
expected to produce educational benefit; instead it must address some
pedagogic need and should be evaluated against this. Overall, these
experiences contribute to a shift away from a naive enthusiasm to an
approach based on careful consideration of educational need before
technology implementation.

Disclosure: I am one of the editors of JHM.

Best wishes,

Gizem Karaali
Department of Mathematics
Pomona College
640 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
URL: <>
JHM: <>


Jerry P. Becker
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Southern Illinois University
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