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

peterson@math.orst.edu