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