Orlando Meetings: Presentation Summary


Back to Orlando: Calculus Reform


This is the summary of a presentation given at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 10-13, 1996, Orlando, Florida.

Attracting Teachers to Use Computer Algebra Systems
in the Classroom

The speaker belongs to a mathematics departmnet that has successfully integrated computer algebra into the calculus curriculum. Experimentation with technology began in Fall '90, followed by a complete phase-in of DERIVE exploration in all calculus instruction. A detailed time-line of the process and some pitfalls which may be common to other institutions will be mentioned. The speaker coordinated a working group at the recent ACDCA Symposium (Honolulu '95) which considered how to attract teachers to use CAS in the classroom. At the MAA session, she will present some points which her working group considered crucial: confidence issues, logistics, legislative obstacles, and resource management. Despite the international flavor of the symposium, common strategies emerge which apply to various situations in the U.S.

Lisa Townsley Kulich, Illinois Benedictine College


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