# 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;
• 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 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