Electronic Proceedings of the Eighth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate MathematicsHouston, Texas, November 16-19, 1995Paper C089Technology in School Mathematics: A Course for Prospective Secondary Mathematics Teachers |
Dovie KimminsDepartment of Mathematical Sciences Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN 37132 USA Phone: (615) 898-2396 Fax: (615) 898-5422 dkimmins@mtsu.edu list of all papers by this author |
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The course is organized along the theme of the roles of technology in mathematics teaching and learning. Specifically, the roles of technology as an aid in mathematical concept and skill development, as an aid in mathematical problem solving, as a aid in mathematical reasoning, and as an aid in mathematical communication are emphasized.
To emphasize the empowering role of technology the following metaphors permeate the course:
Throughout the course prospective teachers become aware of the broad range of mathematics-specific technologies available to teachers of mathematics, and become proficient in the use of several of these by completing tutorials and experiencing using the technologies in simulated junior high and high school settings in which appropriate methodologies are modeled by the instructor. Furthermore, they gain experience in guiding the mathematical learning process with the aid of technology by making presentations to the class. Finally, prospective mathematics teachers gain a better understand of the utility of technology in achieving the goals outlined in the NCTM Standards.
Keyword(s): teacher training, software