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New tools for new thoughts: Effects of changing the “Tools-to-Think- With” on the elementary mathematics methods course.
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, University of Houston, United States ; , State University of New York, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-33-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

A central tenet of mathematics education reform is the integral role of technology at all grade levels. The current technological changes combined with the changes in the mathematics content and instructional method require elementary mathematics teachers to be able to design technology intensive lessons for exploration and discovery of these concepts through appropriate computer applications. In actual practice, however, most computer applications provided for mathematics education consist of software designed for a specific educational purpose - the solution in a can scenario. Furthermore, economical constraints often stand in the way of incorporating such special purpose software into an instructional setting. In this paper we will discuss an alternative to this traditional approach which shifts the instructional focus specific computer applications to more sophisticated uses of general purpose software. In particular educational uses of spreadsheets will be developed as an exemplar for this approach.

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Connell, M.L. & Abramovich, S. (1999). New tools for new thoughts: Effects of changing the “Tools-to-Think- With” on the elementary mathematics methods course. In J. Price, J. Willis, D. Willis, M. Jost & S. Boger-Mehall (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1999--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1052-1057). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 17, 2019 from .

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