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
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