Folks, I was really pleased to see the message below requesting calculator activities. I feel that if we are going to be supplied with them and with the kids becoming so reliant on them, we as teachers should have some meaningful activities to use them. With this in mind, I have been trying to gather some of these activities for our high school's web page so that they can be posted so that all of the people with access to the web may find them and put them to use. This section of our site is still in progress and I wouldn't mind a little help. If you feel that it is good enough for you, why not have your activity posted for the world? I will give credit where credit is due and will include a link to your email address and/or web sites so that you will receive feedback for your activity. If you are interested, please just cc the mail you are sending to the nctm to both my email addresses (we've been having delivery problems at work).
Thanks in advance!
Joe Redding Shaler Area High School, Pittsburgh Pa
We (Al Cuoco, Paul Goldenberg, and June Mark) edit the ``Technology Tips'' column for the NCTM journal ``Mathematics Teacher.'' You may have
noticed it in recent issues. We try to highlight good uses of technology, ways
to integrate technology with your curriculum, and pointers to technological
resources of use to high school mathematics teachers. Recently, we've had
articles on the use of dynamic geometry software, spreadsheets, the Internet,
and function machines.
We'd like to devote a column or two to calculators, giving short examples of
calculator uses that people have found effective either for learning or
applying mathematics. We also want to give a few examples of situations where
calculators don't help or even get in the way of understanding. By
``calculator'' we mean all varieties, including graphing calculators.
Although it is read by a much wider audience, the ``Mathematics Teacher'' is aimed at the 9-12 curriculum, and we'd like submissions that relate to that level mathematics. Submissions should be at most two paragraphs. We can't guarantee inclusion, and we may have to combine and edit, but we'll credit the people whose ideas we pubish.
So, what's your favorite activity with a calculator? When is it best to turn them off? More important than the description of the activity is the description of the calculator use that you applaud or boo. And, in addition
to how the calculator is used, we'd like to know about the underlying
rationale (for example what's the mathematical thinking that it encourages?).
Send submissions by June 9 to email@example.com and cc one of us (alcuoco,