Discussion:  All Lesson Plans in Algebra on Computer 
Topic:  Shodor lessons 
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Subject:  RE: Shodor lessons 
Author:  Craig 
Date:  Jan 20 2006 
> Has anyone tried any lessons using using the Shodor program? If so,
> how did it go? Any tips? I am still trying to come up with an
> effective lesson for 8th grade Algebra students.
I tried responding last week, but experienced a technoglitch. From looking
at your latest message, you're referring to "Function Flyer," one of many
applets developed by the fine folks at Shodor Foundation. I have used that
program some, mainly to investigate the effects of different constants in a
function. It offers a fairly quick way to do such an investigation, and is much
more effective than doing the same sort of thing with a graphing calculator
(instead of graphing y1 = 2x + 1, y2 = 2x + 3, y3 = 2x + 5, etc, use the
Function Flyer to graph y=2x + 1.0, and you'll automatically get a slider that
changes the 1 quickly and dynamically in the graph).
Let me suggest another approach to using Shodor applets (or any other
technology): think about what lesson you want the students to learn, then look
for the most effective way to teach the lesson. As you search, be sure to
consider both high and lowtech solutions. The "search" and "browse"
features on Math Tools (as well as the Math Topics listing accessed through the
lefthand toolbar) are outstanding resources to help you find technology
appropriate to the lesson.
 
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