Response to "The Role of Computers in Mathematics Teaching and Learning"
Technology in mathematics can be a very effective and
tools for teaching.
However, like it said in the article there
are things to consider in order for it to be a tool.
here is tool. It is important for students to learn how and when
technology. If not used appropriately, it could limit the
student's learning. I agree that
technology should be used for
"higher order" thinking. It can promote a higher, deeper
level of learning. Often it is used for basic skills which does not benefit the student.
Van de Walle (1998) discussed three changes that
has made on mathematics.
The first of them was some mathematics
skills have decreased in value. I am not sure I
agree with this
statement. Even though, technology has eliminated the need for
certain skills, it is not something that no longer needs
to be learned. This is a concern
about some of the basic skills
that students are not learning because of the use of
Although I disagree with his first statement, I strongly agree
with the next
two changes. Mathematics can be taught more effectively
with the use of computers and
topics and skills are more accessible.
By appropriate use of technology, so many of the
topics in mathematics
can be explored at a deeper level making teaching more effective.
The use of computers would also allow for a more
way of teaching.
This would also allow for interdisciplinary learning and group-work as well.<>Like mentioned before and a strong emphasis in the article is that technology must be