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Graphing Calculator Courses

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From: Sarah (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Jul 19, 1998 at 12:01:25
Subject: Re: Graphing Calculator Courses

Hi Veronica, Here are some more sites on the Web to look at, found by searching the Math Forum archives using the form at http://mathforum.org/library/ using the keywords graphing calculator (select "that exact phrase"): Math Teacher Link: Algebra Through Modeling with the TI-82 (or TI-83) Calculator http://MTL.math.uiuc.edu/modules/algebra/ The purpose of this module is to familiarize mathematics teachers at the high school and lower division college level with the content and teaching strategies for a promising new approach to teaching advanced algebra. This approach stresses modeling and solving real world problems and develops skills and concepts of algebra as needed for this modeling process. In this course, the students work in a collaborative learning environment and make extensive use of a graphing calculator with data analysis and sequence capabilities such as those found on the TI-82 or TI-83. Advanced Algebra Through Data Exploration - A Graphing Calculator Approach (a textbook from Key Curriculum Press) http://www.keypress.com/product_info/advanalg.html "an all-new text that combines data exploration, hands-on activities, and the power of graphing calculators to enhance the content of advanced algebra. Embracing the vision and spirit of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics, this innovative text emphasizes conceptual understanding rather than algebraic technique." The Graphing Calculator: Teachers and Students Learning Together http://www.math.okstate.edu/archives/projects/gcalc-tst.html A project from the Oklahoma State University Department of Mathematics, Stillwater, OK. Teacher Learning Systems for the TI-82 and TI-85 graphic calculators. Mathematics Education 3103 - David Royster http://www.math.uncc.edu/~droyster/courses/spring96/maed3103/index.html A series of lessons for secondary school mathematics teachers that focus on a variety of tools and issues for math education. Included are: introduction to the TI-82 graphing calculator, linear equations on a calculator, using a graphing calculator in teaching Algebra I and II, using a graphing calculator to explore polynomial functions, introduction to data analysis using the TI-82 calculator, box plots, two variable data and linear relationships, introduction to TI-82 programming, programming concepts, introduction to Maple, comments on using calculators, data resources for the course, and a bibliography. Lesson plans cover basic concepts, pose questions, and suggest activities. NuCalc Graphing Calculator for Mac and Windows - Pacific Tech http://www.pacifict.com/ NuCalc 2.0: A Graphing Calculator for Macintosh and Windows that allows the user to calculate and view two- and three-dimensional mathematical objects easily. The web site includes a list of features, a guided tour, a picture gallery, a free demo, and ordering capabilities, as well as similar information on the company's other products. For more, see the UTK Math Archives graphing calculator listings at http://archives.math.utk.edu/calculator/ - Sarah, for the Teacher2Teacher Service

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