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ERIC Number: EJ1008392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Using Technology to Teach Equivalence
Kaplan, Rochelle Goldberg; Alon, Sandra
Teaching Children Mathematics, v19 n6 p382-389 Feb 2013
Technology has the potential to make complex and abstract mathematical ideas more accessible to students, especially to those who have difficulties with challenging curricular concepts (NCTM 2000, NCTM 2008). What one sometimes forgets is that technology is a tool and, like any tool, can be used productively only in the hands of a skilled practitioner (Schneiter 2010). Mastery of such skill, of course, is not something that just happens or that can be expected to be part of every teacher's initial preparation and professional development experiences. Such mastery must be explicitly taught (Wilson, Lee, and Hollebrands 2011). A key component of this experience, therefore, is knowledge of how to apply the appropriate technology to support learning of particular mathematical topics. In this article, the authors share a method for helping elementary school mathematics teachers become skilled practitioners in using technology to enhance their students' learning in the topic of equivalence and the meaning of the equals sign. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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