The Use of Graphing Calculator Technologies for Learning and Teaching Science and Mathematics at Urban High Schools
George Zhou, University of Windsor, Canada ; Irina Lyublinskaya, College of Staten Island/CUNY, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Five science and math teachers were provided with graphing calculators, data collection probes, and TI-Navigatior learning systems to be used in their high school classrooms during the 2006/2007 school year. The use of these technologies by students and teachers were studied through pre and post surveys, observations, and reflective journals. The study found that many high school students were initially not familiar with various intermediate and advanced features of graphing calculators and data collection probes. The use of these technologies in the classroom is crucial for students to gain confidence to use them. The more often and appropriate this technology is used in the classroom, the more confident students are in using them for problem solving and real-life applications. This study also demonstrates that gender difference in the use of technology could be significantly reduced through intensive use of technology in the classroom.
Zhou, G. & Lyublinskaya, I. (2008). The Use of Graphing Calculator Technologies for Learning and Teaching Science and Mathematics at Urban High Schools. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4387-4391). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).