Integrating technology for deep mathematics learning

Technology can enable students to visualize challenging mathematical concepts, giving students opportunities for deeper learning, as Jeremy Roschelle, Philip Vahey, Celia Hoyles, and Richard Noss explain

Mathematics educators want students to develop more than the ability to carry out routine procedures and algorithms; they also want their classes to develop deep understanding of the meaning and application of mathematical concepts. For deep understanding, students must see how familiar ideas connect with formal ideas. They must see how the same mathematical idea is represented in different forms: in a graph, in a table, in an algebraic expression, in a story. They must also see how concepts they learned earlier connect with more advanced concepts.

What we know
● Students benefit from progression from familiar to more formal mathematics, and from the connection of visual representations with more linguistic representations.
● Technology can help to build conceptual understanding through dynamic representations.
● Integrating software, curricular workbooks, and teacher professional development enables more teachers to use get results with technology than technology alone.

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February 2014