Electronic Proceedings of the Seventh Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate MathematicsOrlando, Florida, November 17-20, 1994Paper C005Using a Calculator to Do mathematics: Do You Want a Map or Just Directions? |
Richard E. LittleDepartment of Mathematics University of Tennessee, Knoxville 121 Ayres Hall Knoxville, TN 37996 USA Phone: (423) 974-4898 Fax: (423) 974-6576 rlittle@math.utk.edu |
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This dichotomy of maps and directions is one of the difficulties involved in incorporating a calculator into a course. Most students would prefer to just receive directions. In the long run maps are more useful. However, it's not feasible to completely do away with directions. I will discuss these and other issues. I will also give an approach to the whole matter of maps versus directions which can help to reduce the amount of direction giving done in class.
Keyword(s): graphing calculators, pedagogy