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Integrating technology into learning mathematics: the special place of the scientific calculator

Kissane, B. (2020) Integrating technology into learning mathematics: the special place of the scientific calculator. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 1581 . Article 012070.

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Technology for learning mathematics and for STEM more generally can take many forms, but this paper argues that the most likely technology to have an impact for all students in many ASEAN countries is the scientific calculator. Integration of technology into mathematics education in the twenty-first century requires good technology, an appropriate curriculum, well-educated teachers and an assessment regime that recognizes how important technology is for mathematical activity. While popular misconceptions that a calculator is only helpful for arithmetic persist, a four-part model for understanding the educational potential of scientific calculators is described and exemplified, recognising the significance of representation, computation, exploration and affirmation. Alternatives to scientific calculators include online calculators with visual and computer algebra capabilities, which might be appropriate provided the educational environment supports their use in all aspects of education, including formal assessment. The paramount significance of the teacher for successful integration is highlighted.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Education
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
Copyright: © 2020 IOP Publishing
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