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joe redding

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Re: calculator activities
Posted: May 8, 1995 9:16 AM
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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 (Work) (Home)

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Dear colleagues,

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 and cc one of us (alcuoco,

paulg, or junem, all


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