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.

Technology as a tool:
Modeling for preservice teachers

We as teacher educators talk the talk but do we walk the walk. The NCTM Standards make three recommendations regarding how computer technology should be integrated into the classroom. As teacher educators, we expect teachers to try to adhere to the these recommendations and yet are often reluctant to integrate technology into our own classrooms. Research shows that unless preservice teachers have observed technology being used in the instructional setting, they will be slow to implement it into their classrooms. It is important that we properly model the type of teaching that we expect our teachers to do. We must therefore regularly integrate technology into the content courses in such a way that it is viewed as a tool to help students better understand mathematical concepts.

In this talk, the types of computer activities that have been and are being used in the classroom as well as the research into their effectiveness will be discussed. Also a few activities that have been used in college mathematics classrooms will be demonstrated to give an idea of how this modeling could take place.

Dr. Blake E. Peterson
Department of Mathematics
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 99731-4605

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