ERIC Number: ED409947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
New Technologies in Mathematics.
An understanding of past technological advancements can help educators understand the influence of new technologies in education. Inventions such as the abacus, logarithms, the slide rule, the calculating machine, computers, and electronic calculators have all found their place in mathematics education. While new technologies can be very useful, it is important to keep in mind that no machine can replace instructors in getting students to understand mathematical concepts and that students need to develop the necessary critical-thinking skills to analyze problems and develop solutions beyond the use of technological aids. A distinction should also be made between the teaching of applied mathematics, in which aids can be very useful, and pure mathematics, in which they are less relevant. It is also important to modify educational materials, including examinations, when new technologies are incorporated into the curriculum. When appropriately used, graphing calculators, like the TI-92, and software packages, like DERIVE, can be very valuable conceptual aids and effective tools for both the learning-teaching and the testing processes. To make the transition to incorporate such technologies, instructors should know what the machines can do and how to use them to avoid diverting class time to learn by experimentation. Contains 13 references. Sample calculator graphs are appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Note: In its: Issues of Education at Community Colleges: Essays by Fellows in the Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University; see JC 970 402.