Using Technology Tools to Revitalize Mathematics Teaching: Perspectives from the United States and Namibia
Thea Dunn, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This study reports on a research project whose goal was to provide secondary mathematics teachers in the United States and Namibia with opportunities to utilize technology tools to teach mathematics for understanding. Qualitative and quantitative methods were utilized to examine the responses of the teachers to the introduction of technology tools in the mathematics classroom and the ways in which the teachers utilized the technology tools in their teaching. The teachers were provided with extended opportunities to teach mathematics in an environment supported by diverse technology tools, including dynamic geometry software, graphing calculators, virtual manipulatives, and general-purpose tools such as word processing, paint programs, and spreadsheets. Throughout the study, the researcher provided a mentoring component by offering technology support, instructional ideas, classroom activity samples, and suggestions to enhance instructional ideas developed and implemented by the teachers. Examples of instructional practices illustrate that technology tools encouraged the teachers to pursue more conceptually focused teaching strategies. The analysis suggests that the technology tools facilitated the teachers constructing an image of technology-enhanced mathematics teaching and learning.
Dunn, T. (2002). Using Technology Tools to Revitalize Mathematics Teaching: Perspectives from the United States and Namibia. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1073-1077). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).