Questions tagged [technology-in-education]

Questions on software (including web-based one) for teaching and related to teaching and the relevant hardware. Video and audio for the classroom. Usage of electronic tools in teaching.

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How shall we teach math online?

Many universities, including mine, are now requiring we teach our courses online because corona. How shall we do this? Let’s brainstorm here. Some challenges: My school provides limited online ...
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Student: Why not use a calculator?

The kid I am teaching math (subtraction for large numbers right now) just said this is all too easily done by a calculator, why don't we use it? Well, I did tell him that you can only learn more ...
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Software to create video tutorial of mathematics topics

I came across many video tutorials on youtube regarding mathematics. I found this video amazingly simple to understand for students. I want to know about the tool/software used for it or similar ...
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Teaching logic with a proof assistant

I am thinking about teaching a university-level "introduction to proofs" class (mainly for math and CS majors) making use of a computer proof assistant like Coq. I feel like there is a lot of ...
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Teaching by Slides, Yes or No?

Mathematicians use (Powerpoint/Beamer) slides for their lectures. My question is about using slides for teaching math. There are several positive and negative arguments about teaching by slide show. e....
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Students use WolframAlpha. Can we change calculus instruction to exploit it while discouraging 'cheating'?

(This question developed from a comment in the thread "Revisiting the chain rule".) Students know that WolframAlpha and other software/computational resources exist and will make use of them as they ...
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How to solve the problem of Wolfram Alpha?

I teach to predominantly non-majors in college algebra, precalculus, and calculus. How can one possibly incentivize or rationalize assigning practice problems outside of class when this software is ...
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What is a free and simple 3D plot software for students?

I need any plot software on Linux or Windows that my students should use it for plotting 3D functions. I want introduce any software that be free and useful for bachelor students.
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“Calculators are so twentieth century.”

Even though I studied maths, I became familiar with programming in my junior year at university. I'm indebted to the professor who encouraged me in that pursuit, as it provided me with an avenue not ...
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Why do we teach the Rational Root Theorem? (high school algebra 2)

Main question: Does anyone have any good/interesting applications of the rational root theorem or ways to teach it that don't involve conveniently ignoring computer-based tools in order to avoid rote ...
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Math Blogging - what is a decent set up?

I hope this question is not deemed off-topic, but I cannot think of a more appropriate place to ask it (few tech sites care about support for MathJax and $\LaTeX$), and I think that blogging about ...
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Fourier Animation

Are there any resources which show Fourier series approximating a given waveform? I am looking for examples which have a real impact on students and provides motivation. I am trying to find something ...
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DIY/Hack Instructional Implements

As a secondary teacher in an underfunded district, I get paid very little money for the time and energy I put in to my teaching. I am totally cool with this, I never got into teaching for money, I ...
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Making standards for “showing work” explicitly clear to students

I do not mean for this thread to be a discussion of whether or not students should show work on an exam, whether they should be docked points for just "seeing" an answer and writing it down, whether ...
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Learning Mathematics with the aid of spaced repetition systems

I am currently self-studying, so I learn using a textbook which I work through in a linear fashion. As I am introduced to new concepts I ask myself questions and I attempt to answer these questions ...
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Is there any math text reader device to help children who cannot see?

I don't teach school math but as a part of my voluntary activities in some NGOs, sometimes I am in this special situation. When I was in a school for special children who cannot see I came across a ...
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A study comparing effects of calculator usage on later math skills?

Each year my university tries to decide whether or not it will have calculator and CAS based introductory math courses (the calculus sequence, linear algebra, and ODE) or not. Other than some hearsay ...
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How to create a misuse of calculator!

Let me start by sharing what happened in my class today. The subject was complex number and I started with the historical problem of "finding two numbers whose sum is equal to 10 and whose product is ...
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Fun games for children [closed]

I'm looking for fun games for children (from 4 to 12 years) used in learning math concepts. They can be offline or online games.
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How to build a class based on Project Euler?

Project Euler is a very popular self-challenge website where users complete various projects designed to test their number-theory intuition and programming skills. I've been considering various ideas ...
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How to use a CAS in teaching calculus

I want to introduce calculus students to computer algebra systems (CAS) like Sage, Geogebra, and Wolfram Alpha in college Calculus 1 and 2. While I believe in the value of learning to do calculus by ...
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Advice for Tablet/Stylus for Mathematics Teaching

As it stands all of my lectures are presented by me writing on pre-printed acetate sheets (printed with my notes with gaps for pictures, examples, etc.) which are then projected onto a screen using ...
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Can GAP/Magma be helpful for a first abstract algebra course?

Does anyone have any experience using either GAP or Magma in a first abstract algebra course? The context here is a course for sophomore/junior math majors that focuses primarily on groups. I'm ...
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Research/Anecdotes supporting WebWork, MyMathLab and other computerized, immediate feedback HW

When I was a student in college (very recently), my college had implemented a program called WebWork to give immediate feedback on homework problems. Other systems like MyMathLab exist as well. ...
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How have you used technology to create an opportunity for mathematical reasoning in your classroom?

Shaffer and Kaput (1998) wrote that technology has the power to transform the mathematical thinking that is possible in classrooms, giving students new ways of experiencing mathematics as a sense-...
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How do online practicing websites decide how much practice / repetition is 'enough'?

I've worked with a few online programs that present students with drills / exercises / etc. for a period of time before deciding that they've 'done enough' for the day (e.g. Reflex Math). How do these ...
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How do I Create Geometric Drawings Efficiently?

What is the most efficient way to create neat and consistent geometric drawings which I can insert into tests, worksheets, etc.? Here are my primary concerns: 1) A simple drawing should be quick to ...
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Appropriate ways/sayings to discourage undergraduate students' overreliance on calculators

Main question: How do I, in a medium- to large-sized undergraduate class setting, appropriately and effectively discourage students from relying too heavily on calculators? There have been several ...
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How to keep track of your old exercises in a heavy proof based course?

In a typical course (proof-based, for the context of this question) I have about 50 exercises that I might want to use when I teach the course again. Each exercise might be used in the same way as ...
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online homework vs paper homework

Some professors assign online homework in lower level courses, such as through services like WeBWorK or WebAssign. Online homework has some clear advantages for instructors. However, in my experience, ...
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Helping a reluctant 12 year old

How can I help my 12 year old daughter strengthen her math skills? My strategy up until a year or so ago had been relaxed. I subscribe to the idea that the best motivation for learning is the ...
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Should my high school students use tablets or conventional calculators?

Background: I'm teaching mathematics at a high school with emphasis on mathematics and natural sciences. Usually, pupils at our school have to buy a calculator (TI-89) and we work with those during ...
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Is it morally acceptable to complete math homework with a program oneself has written?

I've been trying to introduce my younger sister to programming, and one of the things I said was basically that once you know how to program, you can have a computer solve equations for you as long as ...
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Technology and distractions

Before I begin this question properly I want to say that I feel responsible for my students, and I want them to do as well as they can do. I mention this because my question is about technology and ...
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Game or gamified application for teaching/learning secondary school mathematics

Is there any game or gamified application for teaching/learning mathematics covering a high school/secondary school curriculum?
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Is there a program like ALEKS for mathematical logic?

ALEKS (http://www.aleks.com/) is a good way of learning procedural math, because it is very systematic and forces you to master the dependencies of a kind of problem before working on that kind of ...
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Algorithmic thinking problems

In Norway we will have a new national mathematics curriculum for all ages including high school beginning august 2020. A fundamental change is the new focus on so called algorithmic thinking. In ...
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Is there a critical class size for student participation (students perspective)?

I recently asked a question on the use of clickers and one comment I got was: I have a very low-tech clicker technology I use in all my classes. When a student doesn't understand something I say, ...
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$1000 to spend on a math classroom?

Every so often I run across someone online asking what they should spend a sizable (but not enormous) amount of money on for their middle or high school math classroom. The dollar amount varies, but ...
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Effective use of Moodle (or similar)

Currently we are using Moodle to manage our courses here. It has meant structuring the publication and turn in of homework, and has helped in distributing lecture notes and shorter documents to the ...
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Use of symbolic math apps in teaching

Symbolic math apps, such as Mathcad, are extremely useful in doing exploratory/experimental math. I've frequently used it to run numerical checks on mathematical expressions I've derived; put up quick ...
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What is the impact of such a device on math education?

Recently I found this device advertised which uses any mobile phone's built-in camera to solve equations. From the site - PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera ...
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Showcase of Powerpoint / Keynote / Beamer Presentations

When designing slides for a class I am teaching, I like to derive inspiration from slides others have given before me. However, it is difficult to find concrete examples of such slides outside of a ...
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Why are all educational textbooks copyrighted? ©

I had an idea to improve education in my country with the help of textbooks by popular authors. I thought to publish videos on YouTube with comments and practical explanations about what the author ...
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Experiences with online courses, specially MOOC?

Online courses, particularly massive open online courses (MOOC) are the current rage. I can see that having students going through the material presented at their own pace, whenever they have time, ...
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Delivering mathematics lectures via tablet and projector

Owing to an injury, I need an alternative solution for delivering a semester-long mathematics course that I was originally going to teach using chalk and blackboard. It seems that a good option might ...
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Pros and cons of randomised question generation

I am developing an assessment piece where the content is the same but the particular numbers are different for each student. It involves finding Triangle Centers given points using coordinate geometry....
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What course web software is usable by mathematicians?

I'm considering increasing the online component of my mathematics courses (I teach at the university level). I'd like to know what my options are to avoid reinventing the wheel. The features I would ...
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Open Source Math Software in Multivariate Calculus

I am teaching calculus III in the upcoming semester. The course is fairly standard, just a brief run-down: Test 1: covers vectors and coordinate systems as well as the calculus of space curves ...
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Are there examples of countries where the use of CAS systems or graphing calculators was deemphasized or discontinued?

In the last 30 years more and more countries introduced graphing calculators and then CAS systems to their high-school students. But are there already any examples of a trend in the opposite direction?...