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ERIC Number: EJ1008393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Teaching and Learning with Real-World Tools
Chrisler, Kelly S.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v19 n7 p418-422 Mar 2013
What role should technology play in instruction? One of the greatest challenges of teaching is preparing the citizens of tomorrow for an unpredictable future. What knowledge do students need? Which skills? And how can the author, as their classroom teacher, provide experiences that will ensure students have the knowledge and skills to become productive, successful, well-adjusted citizens? With these thoughts in mind, the author recently embarked on the adventure of teaching an advanced group of fifth-grade math students to use a computer program to graph and interpret functions. The activity allowed students to transform functions into visual representations with relative ease, relieving them of the need to graph the functions in the traditional sense with a piece of paper and a pencil. From this starting point, students can and may use spreadsheets for a variety of purposes and to extend their thinking about functions, apply the relationship between input and output, work with larger numbers, or reveal the visual representation of more complex functions. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A