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Teaching, learning and technology in the Philippines

Kissane, B. (2009) Teaching, learning and technology in the Philippines. In: MATHTED 2009: An International Conference in Mathematics Education. The 7th Biennial Conference of the Philippine Council of Mathematics Teacher Educators, 23 - 24 October 2009, Palawan State University, Puerto Princesa, Philippines

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The attraction of technology for mathematics education is that we may have new opportunities for students to learn and teachers to teach. This paper describes some recent examples of technologies that seem likely to be appropriate for use in the Philippines, and analyses the merits of their potential Particular attention is paid to hand-held calculators because they are the most likely to be affordable and available, when resources are scarce, as they often are in the Philippines. Additionally, some computer software with particular strengths is acknowledged: spreadsheets, which are likely to be widely available where computers are available; Geogebra, free software that has substantial geometric and other capabilities; Fathom and Tinkerplots, innovative commercial software for statistics; digital objects such as Java and Flash applet' focused on particular teaching and learning tasks. The Internet offers considerable potential for mathematics education, despite the relatively high costs of obtaining access to it, and seems likely to grow in significance in the Philippines in the next several years. A typology of ways in which both students and teachers might productively use the Internet is presented and defended. The paper concludes with some comments on directions and standards for technology in the Philippines, and a recognition of the pervasive significance of professional development of teachers.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Philippine Council of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Inc.
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Notes: Appears In: Proceedings - MATHTED 2009: An International Conference on Mathematics Education: Setting goals, directions and standards in mathematics education
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