TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED APPROACH TO TEACHING AND LEARNING MATHEMATICS USING DYNAMIC WEBSITES
Community Bridge Initiative (PALESTINIAN TERRITORY)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Page: 1 (abstract only)
Conference name: 4th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 14-16 November, 2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:This project is an initial investigation to constructing a model for the instruction of calculus and differential equations using technology. The software package used to implement the use of technology was webMathematica by Wolfram Research.
Since the modules developed in this project can be accessed via the internet, students did not need to purchase the software. In addition the modules developed incorporate all of the programming in the background, so the students need not have prior knowledge of programming on Mathematica.
The modules developed were interactive, giving the student the opportunity to explore and study concepts tailored to their own needs and interests. In particular, they were able to explore the concepts being discussed without having to worry about the computations involved, allowing the student to gain a more conceptual understanding of the material. In addition, we found that classroom discussions were often initiated by a student who had discovered a question or something of interest while exploring the web modules. In other words, the web modules facilitated active learning outside of the classroom.
Though there was a small data pool, we did investigate the grade distribution in a traditional calculus course compared to the technology enhanced course. We found a large disparity in the percentage of Cs given in the traditional course as compared to the technology enhanced course. It appears that students who would be borderline in a traditional course benefited the most in the technology enhanced course.
Keywords: Microteaching, Preservice Teacher Education, Protocol Materials.