Orlando Meetings: Presentation Summary

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

Computer applications in the teaching of mathematics--Version L.

The course is required of all secondary mathematics education majors. As a beginning axiom I would assert that in a fifteen week semester it is not possible to become an expert in dealing with very many software packages or possible uses of a computer in a teaching situation. Thus my approach to the course is to make it a "tool-awareness" experience. My desire is that the students be exposed to as many different ways that computers can be used to teach mathematics at the secondary level as possible. The students are required to learn something about telling a computer what to do by working with Logo. There is a unit on software comparison during which they examine several software packages for the teaching of geometry and several for the teaching of algebra. They then spend some time learning about possible uses for a spreadsheet in a mathematics classroom. Finally they are given an opportunity to examine some shareware and freeware which could be utilized in a classroom setting. There is also a requirement to do a library search for resources related to the use of computers in the teaching of mathematics.

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Hubert Ludwig
Ball State University
email: 00hjludwig@bsuvc.bsu.edu
home page: http://www.cs.bsu.edu/~hjludwig/

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