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Mooney, Eileen B. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Top-down implementation of technology is one of the most pervasive phenomena of the last couple of decades in educational history. It is the subject of many books, articles, and blog posts on how to fix schools or why educational technology is not working in the classroom. The idea of providing teachers with technology so they can make students…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction

Hubacz, Meghan – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

During the author's eighteen-year tenure as a high school mathematics teacher, there has been one question that she has yet to answer: "Why don't students do homework?" On the basis of research, many factors may lead to a student leaving homework undone. A student may lack the drive to complete work out of school. Or a student may choose…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Homework, Student Motivation

DiVito, Arthur N. – Mathematics Teacher, 2018

Mathematics has been taught throughout history without much more than a straightedge, a compass, and an abacus. So there is little question that all the major concepts of mathematics can be delivered without the aid of modern technology. But clearly, just the time-saving aspect of using technology can greatly enhance the art of teaching. In this…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Mathematics Instruction, Computer Software

Nabbout-Cheiban, Marie; Fisher, Forest; Edwards, Michael Todd – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics envisions data analysis as a key component of K-grade 12 mathematics instruction with statistics introduced in the early grades. Nonetheless, deficiencies in statistical learning persist throughout elementary school and beyond. Too often, mathematics teachers lack the statistical knowledge for…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Statistics

Shriver, Janet; Willard, Teri; McDaniel, Mandy – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

In the set of fractal activities described in this article, students will accomplish much more than just creating a fun set of cards that simply resemble an art project. Goals of this activity, designed for an algebra 1 class, are to encourage students to generate data, look for and analyze patterns, and create their own models--all from a set of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learning Activities, Algebra, Models

Harper, Suzanne R.; Cox, Dana C. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

In the authors' attempts to incorporate problem solving into their mathematics courses, they have found that student ambition and creativity are often hampered by feelings of risk, as many students are conditioned to value a produced solution over the actual process of building one. Eliminating risk is neither possible nor desired. The challenge,…

Descriptors: Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Student Motivation, Creativity

McCaffrey, Tony; Matthews, Percival G. – Mathematics Teacher, 2017

In this article, the authors discuss the potential of the icon-based mathematical games, emoji math and mobile math, to promote student engagement with and understanding of algebra. They describe how these games serve as accessible entry points for algebraic thinking and that, in contrast to traditional symbolic algebra, the use of these…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education

Quinn, Anne – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

While looking for an inexpensive technology package to help students in statistics classes, the author found StatKey, a free Web-based app. Not only is StatKey useful for students' year-end projects, but it is also valuable for helping students learn fundamental content such as the central limit theorem. Using StatKey, students can engage in…

Descriptors: Statistics, Computer Oriented Programs, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods

Strayer, Jeremy F.; Hart, James B.; Bleiler-Baxter, Sarah K. – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

On a typical day in a university precalculus classroom, as students arrive, they settle into their small groups and begin sharing their ideas and questions from the homework assigned the previous night. It can be quite challenging to create a learning environment in which students engage in mathematical thinking outside class and are prepared to…

Descriptors: College Mathematics, Calculus, Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education

Case, Catherine; Whitaker, Douglas – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

In the criminal justice system, defendants accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Statistical inference in any context is built on an analogous principle: The null hypothesis--often a hypothesis of "no difference" or "no effect"--is presumed true unless there is sufficient evidence against it. In this…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Statistical Inference

Fay, Michael – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

Activities for Students appears five times each year in Mathematics Teacher, promoting student-centered activities that teachers can adapt for use in their own classroom. In the course of the activities presented here, students will "look for and make use of structure" by observing algebraic patterns in the power rule and "use…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematical Logic

Stephens, Greg – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

Most word processors, including Google Docs™ and Microsoft® Word, include an equation editor. These are great tools for the occasional homework problem or project assignment. Getting the mathematics to display correctly means making decisions about exactly which elements of an expression go where. The feedback is immediate: Students can see…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Equations (Mathematics), Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology

Özgün-Koca, S. Asli – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

The Common Core State Standards (CCSSI 2010) and NCTM's (2014) "Principles to Actions" agree that "for meaningful learning of mathematics, tools and technology must be indispensable features of the classroom . . . that support students in exploring mathematics as well as in making sense of concepts and procedures and engaging in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Mathematical Concepts

Meagher, Michael S.; Edwards, Michael Todd; Özgün-Koca, S. Asli – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

The article opens with a Geoboard Triangle Quest in this form: "How many noncongruent triangles can be constructed on a 4 × 4 geoboard? How do you know? Justify your answer with significant supporting work." The use of advanced digital technologies as tools for problem solving receives much attention in the methods classes if the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Geometry, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology

Garner, Sue; Pierce, Robyn – Mathematics Teacher, 2016

Although research shows that Computer Algebra Systems offer pedagogical opportunities, more than a decade later some teachers are reluctant to change established practices. In 2002, the University of Melbourne in Australia launched a research project to investigate implementation of a senior mathematics course in which students could use a…

Descriptors: Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning