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Private: Learning Math: Patterns, Functions, and Algebra

Linear Functions and Slope Part E: Thinking About Technology (10 minutes)

Session 5, Part E

In mathematics, technology can be used to learn new concepts, apply known mathematics, avoid tedious computation, and gather information. It can also be exciting to learn new technology in and of itself. In this session, you used spreadsheet technology to look at the concept of linearity. Note 16


Problem E1: Write and Reflect

How has the use of technology in this session affected your approach to the material? In what ways did it help? Are there ways in which it may have hindered your learning process?


Problem E2: Write and Reflect

Did the technology help you think mathematically?


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Leave some time to think about technology. As technology is introduced in classrooms, it is important to reflect on how it can facilitate or interfere with the learning process. We’ve all heard the horror stories about the college freshman multiplying a number by 10 on a calculator or the clerk who can’t make change without the help of the cash register!

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