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Models for harnessing the Internet in mathematics education

Kissane, B. (2009) Models for harnessing the Internet in mathematics education. In: The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project, 11 - 17 September 2009, University of Applied Sciences, Dresden, Germany

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In recent years, the Internet has increasingly been used to provide significant resources for student to learn mathematics and to learn about mathematics, as well as significant resources for teachers to support these. Effective access to and use of these has been hampered in practice by limited facilities in schools and the limited experience of many mathematics teachers with the Internet for mathematical purposes. This paper offers models for understanding the effective use of Internet resources, based on typologies of resources for learning and teaching mathematics. Six categories of Internet resources for mathematics student use are identified: (i) Interactive resources; (ii) Reading interesting materials; (iii) Reference information; (iv) Communication; (v) Problem solving; and (vi) Webquests. Similarly, five categories of Internet resources for mathematics teacher use are identified: (i) Lesson preparation; (ii) Official advice and support; (iii) Professional engagement; (iv) Commercial activity and support; and (v) Local school web sites. The paper recognises that web resources can be used in a range of ways, including supporting both teaching and learning. The prospects for sound use of the Internet are briefly described in terms of these models of use.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
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Notes: Appears In: Models in Developing Mathematics Education: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference
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