This is the summary of a presentation given at the Joint Mathematics
Meetings, January 1013, 1996, Orlando, Florida.
Using Technology to Teach Mathematics:
A Course for PreService Middle and
Secondary School Teachers
ComputerIntegrated Mathematics is a required 3credit 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
technologybased curricular materials for later use in their classrooms.
Computers and associated software, graphing calculators, and calculatorbased
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 email 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 weeklong 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 563034498
email: mfiske@tigger.stcloud.msus.edu
