**ERIC Number:**EJ1038513

**Record Type:**Journal

**Publication Date:**2014

**Pages:**19

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**ISSN:**ISSN-0020-739X

Revisiting Mathematical Problem Solving and Posing in the Digital Era: Toward Pedagogically Sound Uses of Modern Technology

Abramovich, S.

International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v45 n7 p1034-1052 2014

The availability of sophisticated computer programs such as "Wolfram Alpha" has made many problems found in the secondary mathematics curriculum somewhat obsolete for they can be easily solved by the software. Against this background, an interplay between the power of a modern tool of technology and educational constraints it presents is discussed. Using topics from algebra (equations) and elementary number theory (summation of powers of integers), the paper suggests ways of developing problems that are both technology-immune and technology-enabled in the sense that whereas software can facilitate problem solving, its direct application is not sufficient for finding an answer. Stemming from the author's work with secondary mathematics teacher candidates, this paper highlights the appropriate use of technology as support system for multiple ways of knowing and knowledge construction in the modern classroom.

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Computer Uses in Education, Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Numbers, Computer Software, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematical Logic, Teacher Education Programs, Geometry, Mathematical Formulas, Validity

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**Publication Type:**Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive

**Education Level:**Secondary Education

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**Language:**English

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