# Integrating Technology in Mathematics

## Integrating Technology in Mathematics

### Statement of Intent

This course is design for current or future mathematics teachers, as well as those who are interested in the results that technology can have when integrated into a mathematics classroom. Furthermore, the course aims to:

- inform teachers on the importance of integrating technology into the classrooms;
- develop basic and advanced Microsoft Excel skills;
- develop basic and advanced Geometer's Sketchpad skills; and
- explore how integrating technology can affect student motivation.

### Topics to be covered

- The importance of technology use in the mathematics classroom
- How to use Microsoft Excel and Geometer's Sketchpad
- How to design activities that allow students to explore using these programs

### Prerequisite Skills

**Essential Prerequisites**

- Understanding of how to open a program and open a new or existing file
- Basic understanding of geometrical and algebraic concepts
- Ability to navigate through a course individually without constant guidance
- Ability to follow step-by-step directions

**Supportive Prerequisites**

- Previous use of Microsoft Excel and/or Geometer's Sketchpad
- Positive attitude towards technology

### Introduction

Before you start please take a pre-asessment survey: Pre-Course Survey

- To complete the entire course, start at Unit 1 and continue through to Unit 4
- If you are interested only in Geometer's Sketchpad skip to Unit 2
- If you are interested only in Microsoft Excel skip to Unit 3

## Course Outline & Unit Descriptions

### Unit 1: Why integrate technology into the mathematics classroom?

- Explain the importance of technology use in society today

- Demonstrate an understanding that the technology must fit cohesively with the curriculum

- Demonstrate an understanding of the role that teachers play when integrating technology

- Demonstrate an understanding of the positive and negative effects that technology can have in a mathematics class

### Unit 2: Mathematical Exploration with Geometer's Sketchpad (GSP)

- Demonstrate an understanding of possible misconceptions and limitations when using GSP

- Demonstrate an understanding of the capabilities of GSP in a mathematics classroom

- Demonstrate the ability to create points, lines, and circles in GSP

- Demonstrate the ability to create a square and equilateral triangle in GSP

- Create a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem using GSP

- Use a predesigned program to explore solving algebraic equations for a variable

### Unit 3: Mathematical Exploration with Microsoft Excel

- Demonstrate an understanding of possible misconceptions and limitations when using Excel

- Demonstrate the ability to input information into Excel from a data set

- Demonstrate the ability to find mean and range from a set of data

- Demonstrate the ability to create a graph from a set of data

- Demonstrate the ability to use a pre-designed program in a classroom

For more information on the development of this course please see: Tamara Niquette Portfolio