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Teaching and learning trigonometry with technology

Kissane, B. and Kemp, M. (2009) Teaching and learning trigonometry with technology. In: 14th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, 17 - 21 December 2009, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

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Modern school 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 trigonometry in the secondary school. We identify some of the ways in which the teaching of trigonometry might be supported by the availability of various forms of technology. We consider circular measures, graphs of functions, trigonometric identities, equations and statistical modeling and focus 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 trigonometry, both trigonometric and circular functions. Many of these opportunities for learning were not available before technology development and access within schools we enjoy today. This paper suggests some of the avenues for exploration.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Mathematics and Technology, LLC
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Notes: Appears In: Electronic Proceedings of the Fourteenth Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics
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