>"One of the specific connections that we are making for elementary math >teachers is the use of spread sheet as it connects to elementary data >gathering." > >This is the paragraph that interests me. > >I'm just learning the computer, and at the same time, I'm supposed to be >integrating the use of computers into the 7th grade math curriculum. Any >ideas and help you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks. > >Bobbie Huizenger >e-mail email@example.com
Again I think that spread sheet offers some unique opportunities for mathematics instruction.
Creating a spreadsheet that contains the calculation: Cell A divided by Cell B equals Cell C gives students a fraction to decimal converter. When I do this with my class however I do not give them the equation, but rather allow them to discover it the same way that we discovered that the division carried out gives the decimal name for the fraction. If you have been using some discovery methods within your classroom for area etc. all of these calculations can then be transfered to the spread sheet.
The power of this then becomes the ability to graph the data in multiple ways by highlighting the data in various ways and then selecting the auto-graph options that are part of all spreadsheet programs. A wonderful discovery comes from comparing these graphs which use the same data, selected in various ways. Thought provoking questions such as - Which graph allows for an accurate prediction of the next set of data? etc. become an amazing learning tool both for the students and I think you will find also for the teacher.
Take the time to play with the spreadsheet application that is available in the software package that you have. Try out various algebraic sentences and play with the graphs that can be generated. I think you will be pleasantly surprised:-)
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