Friday, September 26, 2008

Mathematics and Technology

I have always been fascinated with bringing technology into the math classroom. There are two ways to do this: You can integrate math and technology, making these topics the object of instruction, or you can use technology to facilitate math learning.

Math and technology as the object of instruction

[1] Symbolic logic provides an excellent framework for computer circuitry. When I taught an electronics class at a NY City high school in 1990, I presented lessons on Boolean logic and circuitry. Specifically, I gave a lesson gates such as AND, OR, NAND, and XOR.

[2] Round-Off Error is a good topic to present to students who are learning about repeating decimals. I have students bring in their own calculators so they can see different levels of accuracy for the same repeating decimal. View my article on this topic here.

[3] The theme for MAM 2006 was Mathematics and Internet Security. Math plays a central role in Internet technology, including encryption, making it possible for you to bank, shop and communicate online securely!

Using technology to facilitate math learning

Handheld devices make great tools for using technology to facilitate math learning. This is especially prominent in the field of applied mathematics. There are some great examples of using the iPod to facilitate math learning from the Apple Learning Interchange. You can find them here.