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Using ICT in applications of primary school mathematics

Kissane, B. (2010) Using ICT in applications of primary school mathematics. In: Kaur, B. and Dindyal, J., (eds.) Mathematical applications and Modelling Yearbook 2010. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., Singapore, pp. 40-62.

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Apart from easing some of the computational burden, an attraction of ICT for mathematics education is that we may have new opportunities for pupils to learn and teachers to teach. This chapter describes examples of technologies likely to be appropriate for primary school use in Singapore, and analyses some of their potential for applications of mathematics in particular. Calculators are important because they are the most likely to be affordable and available, and have now been sanctioned for use in Singapore schools for Primary 5 and Primary 6. Computer software with particular strengths is acknowledged, including general purpose software and Tinkerplots, an innovative software package for statistics, aimed at pupils in the middle years. The Internet offers considerable potential for mathematics education and seems likely to continue to grow in significance in Singapore. Some ways in which the Internet might support increased attention to applications of mathematics are identified, including access to data analysis tools, simulation devices and examples of applications.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
Copyright: 2010 World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd.
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