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Teaching and learning probability in an age of technology

Kissane, B. and Kemp, M. (2010) Teaching and learning probability in an age of technology. In: 15th Asian Technology Conference on Mathematics, 17 - 21 December 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia pp. 401-410.

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Modern classrooms have access to a range of potential technologies, ranging from calculators to computers to the Internet. This paper explores some of the potential for such technologies to affect the curriculum and teaching of probability in the secondary school and early undergraduate years, rather than relying on the classical and formal approaches focusing on set theory and counting techniques. Different approaches to probability, including the study of risk, are identified. We describe some of the ways in which the teaching of probability might be supported by the availability of various forms of technology, including calculators, computer software and the Internet. We consider especially the role of simulation as a tool for both teachers and students, focusing on activities that are not possible without the use of technology. Modern technology provides an excellent means of exploring many of the concepts associated with probability. Many of these opportunities for learning were not available before the technology development and access within schools we enjoy today. This paper suggests some of the avenues for exploration, research and development and provides advice on where to get further information and resources.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Mathematics and Technology
Copyright: 2010 ATCM Inc
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Notes: Appears In: Linking applications with mathematics and technology; Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the Asian Technology Conference on Mathematics
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