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TeachNet NYC: Lesson Plans

Math + Computers = Fun


Project URL:
http://lauraanderson.org/mathprojects/mathfun2.htm
 

How it works:
This site offers various projects that join the learning of various mathematical concepts with the intrigue of technology. It gives ideas, but does not exhaust the use of technology with math. Areas covered include Mathematica; Geometry on the Web; Digital Storytelling; Math with Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Sketchpad; and Just Fun Projects. The students remain engaged by using technology to make their own Rubik’s Cube, design a coat of arms, create cartoons and vector illustrations, and do much more.


Standards addressed:  
Students use a variety of strategies in the problem-solving process, understand and apply basic and advanced properties of the concepts of geometry, and understand the general nature and uses of mathematics

Materials used: 
This program requires the use of computers with Internet access, along with Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Sketchpad, Mathematica, and Photoshop software.

The students:
Any level of student from fifth to twelfth grade may use some or all of the projects.

Overall value:
Math + Computers = Fun combines math with technology uses. It enables the students to develop their skills in graphics, layout and design, writing, iMovies, and more while learning important math concepts.

Tips: 
Be sure to do the lesson before presenting it. Make sure the computers are working as needed and students will be able to use the technology. Have an alternative plan should the technology fail. Be flexible with the assignments and results.

About the teacher:
Laura has a 20-year resume of teaching math to high school students. She has been teaching for the New York City public school system for eight years and added six years of technology to her math curriculum.

E-mail:
LauraJaneAnders@aol.com

Subject Areas: 
Math
Technology

Grade Levels: 
5-12

 

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