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Faciliting Math Instruction


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Faciliting Math Instruction

  1. 1. Using Technology to Facilitate Instruction in Mathematics Janette Ramirez
  2. 2. Educational Leader Roles <ul><li>Educational leaders ensure that curricular design, instructional strategies, and learning environments integrate appropriate technologies to maximize learning and teaching. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate the use of technologies to support and enhance instructional methods that develop higher-level thinking, decision-making, and problem solving skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide for and ensure that faculty and staff take advantage of quality professional development learning opportunities for improved learning and teaching with technology. </li></ul></ul>Technology Standards for School Administrators: Standard II
  3. 3. Professional Development <ul><li>FOCUS: conceptual and instructional issues </li></ul><ul><li>Regular follow-ups </li></ul>
  4. 4. Teacher Roles <ul><li>Receive professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate wide range of activities that engage students in self-regulated learning to facilitate thinking by using technological tools </li></ul><ul><li>Use technology that is relevant to the math topic and to the students </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ Teachers who learn to use technology while exploring relevant mathematics topics are more likely to see its potential benefits and use it in their subsequent teaching.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Garofalo, Stohl, Harper, Timmerman, & Shockey </li></ul>
  6. 6. Research Studies <ul><li>Computer algebra system (CAS) and self-regulation learning (SRL) </li></ul><ul><li>SimCalc computer program and curriculum in diverse classrooms </li></ul>
  7. 7. CAS and SRL <ul><li>Two Groups of Instruction: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS and SRL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS only </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Results: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS and SRL in mathematic instruction outperformed students in algebraic thinking and regulated their learning more effectively that students who received only instruction by CAS </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Self-regulation Learning <ul><li>“ Having the ability to develop metacognitive knowledge, attitudes, and control behaviors which enhance and facilitate learning.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Kramarski & Hirch, 2003 </li></ul>
  9. 9. SimCalc <ul><li>Two Groups of Instruction (Note: The study was held in Dallas/Fort Worth Region and Rio Grande Valley Region): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SimCalc curriculum and mateirals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best instruction available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Results: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students that received instruction with SimCalc had an improvement on test scores in both regions </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Effectiveness of Technology <ul><li>Teachers who used the SimCalc approach received training in the implementation of the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers successfully used materials which showed gain in student learning despite variation in gender, ethnicity, poverty and prior achievement . </li></ul>
  11. 11. Effectiveness of Technology <ul><li>“ Teachers’ effective use of technology to enhance their students’ learning opportunities in mathematics classrooms depends on the didactic possibilities linked with its use.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Kramarski & Hirch, 2003 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Works Cited <ul><li>Garofalo, J., Drier, H., Harper, S., Timmerman, M.A., & Shockey, T. (2000). Promoting appropriate uses of technology in mathematics teacher preparation. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 1 (1). Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>Kramarski, B. & Hirch, C. (2003). Using computer algebra systems in mathematical classrooms. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning , 19. Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>Roschelle, J., Tatar, D., Shechtman, N., Hegedus, S., Hopkins, B., Knudsen, J., & Stroter, A. (2007). Can a Technology Enhanced Curriculum Improve Student Learning of Important Mathematics? SRI International . Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><li>TSSA Technology Standards fro School Administrators (2001). TSSA Collaborative. Retrieved from http:// </li></ul>