Orlando Meetings: Presentation Summary

Back to Orlando: Pre-Service Teacher Ed

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

Using Technology to Teach Mathematics:
A Course for Pre-Service Middle and Secondary School Teachers

Computer-Integrated Mathematics is a required 3-credit quarter course in the B. S. Mathematics Teaching Major at St. Cloud State University. The goals of the course are: to provide students with problem situations in which they use technology to explore and understand mathematics, for students to experience the use of technology in mathematics pedagogy, and for students to design technology-based curricular materials for later use in their classrooms. Computers and associated software, graphing calculators, and calculator-based laboratory (CBL) data collection devices are used. Coursework is organized to integrate student knowledge of mathematics with the mathematics curriculum of middle and secondary schools. Students learn to use the technology as they engage in group and individual problem solving activities. The course includes use of e-mail and searches of World Wide Web sites for middle and secondary school mathematics materials. Evaluation is based on a student portfolio of problems worked on during the course, summaries of software suitable for use in middle and secondary school mathematics instruction, formal evaluations of two software packages, and a week-long curricular unit that incorporates technology in mathematics instruction. Details of the course with examples of software, curricular materials and problem solving activities will be provided.

Michael B. Fiske
Department of Mathematics
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, MN 56303-4498
email: mfiske@tigger.stcloud.msus.edu

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