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Internet in the Classroom

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From: Claudia (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Apr 29, 1998 at 19:27:42
Subject: Re: Internet in the Classroom

1. What can you suggest about how to incorporate technology in high school 
   math or computer science classes?

   ...technology doesn't just mean internet access. Regarding computers and 
   calculators, I feel they are essential to both math and science 
   understanding. They allow an "enhancement" to occur that wouldn't be 
   possible without. 

   I use the Internet primarily as a resource for special projects. One class 
   has been studying logistic curves, and they researched to find data sets 
   and information. Another group has been doing history of math things.

2. What kinds of pedagogical issues should a beginning teacher keep in mind?  

   Students can easily stray without proper direction. ALSO, use TECHNOLOGY 
   to enhance, not in lieu of understanding and basic skills. Don't do 
   something so you can say you did it on the computer!

3. Using computers during class can be distracting... or it can deepen the 

   Deepen with proper planning. Have specific goals; i.e., "Look up something 
   about math history" as opposed to saying "Find the controversial method 
   that Cardano published that angered Tartaglia."

4. How to do this effectively?  

   Time; planning; learn from your mistakes. Sometimes it is hard to know how 
   far you can trust students - maturity is a big factor on their part!

5. If you were giving a presentation at the WMC (Wisconsin Mathematics) 
   meeting in Green Lake, what would you actually say to a room full of high 
   school teachers about the resources you've gathered?  

   I would say to use them wisely.  I would prioritize, because teachers 
   don't have time to look up each one. I would have the list carefully 
   organized by topics and grade level.. .resources, teacher aids, etc.

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