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Technology in Elementary Math Articles:

Buckleitner, W. (2004). Using tech to make math fun! Scholastic Early Childhood Today

18(March): 6-7.
Scholastic is a familiar resource for most teachers. This article provides low-tech, mid-tech, and high-tech ideas to make math fun at the same time it helps encourage mathematical thinking. Examples of ways that computer use can help are also featured.

Lindroth, L. (2004). How to . . . integrate math and technology. Teaching PreK-8

34(January): 27-28.
This fascinating list and description of activities designed to incorporate technology into the study of math include information that ranges from the use of a word processor for story problems to the use of spreadsheets to help calculate the value of words (each letter has a specific dollar value) as they seek words that are worth exactly $1.00.

Metheny, D., Harpold, M., & Holzer, C. (2003). Integration not segregation: We shall overcome. TechTrends

47(July/August): 48-50.
Elementary, middle school, and college-level teachers joined together to investigate the integration of technology in K-16 math classes. Each teacher described how they achieved this integration and how it could be applied to other disciplines. The electronic Smart Board was an integral tool in the elementary school activities. Spreadsheets and graphing calculators were used in another approach at the secondary and college levels in which math is integrated with physics and chemistry examples. Digital cameras and foreign lesson plans were used in another college setting. Excel and Geometer’s Sketchpad were used in courses for elementary teachers and for college geometry classes. Other technologies are also discussed in the article.

O'Connor-Petruso, S.A. (2003). A model for implementation. Learning and Leading with Technology

30(May): 32-35, 38-39.
In addition to not having enough time and resources, teachers find that the absence of models for the integration of math, science, and technology with good teaching make it even more difficult to bring the use of technology into the classroom. The author of this article developed a model, that while hard to say, should help teachers with their lesson plans as they seek to incorporate these different areas into a meaningful whole. The model is called the “Constructural Multi-Modalities Model for MST Inquiry Units.” It is based on research and with a focus on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives and Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. The focus of the model in this article is on the integration of math and technology into science inquiry units in grades 4-6. Technology helps promote constructivism and active hands-on problem-solving activities.

Technology Integration Websites:

CONTENT AREA: Math
GRADE LEVEL: Elementary
URL: http://www.macul.org/newsletter/2000/summer2000/techelem.html

Using Technology in the Elementary Classroom by Marilyn Western not only explains how to integrate technology into math instruction in elementary classes but she includes lists of links to sites where you can get flash cards and worksheets as well as find interactive sites for students to visit and class projects where students have to use their developing math skills.

CONTENT AREA: Math
GRADE LEVEL: Elementary
URL: http://www.pitt.edu/~poole/eledmath.html

Elementary Education Resources: Mathematics is a collection of links to elementary math sites such as Biographies of Women in Math, CartoonMath, and PreK thru Second Grade. There are sites for students to make math fun, to help with their math homework, to go into more advanced topics, and math activities and games including some using calculators. There are even sites that focus on the history of mathematics and there are lesson plans for teachers in a variety of areas to help integrate math and technology.

CONTENT AREA: Math
GRADE LEVEL: Elementary
URL: http://mathforum.org/mathed/tech.mathed.html

The Math Forum (Drexal Univ.) Retrieved 5/1/04. The Forum's Internet Mathematics Library provides links to sites about Technology in Math Education in these categories: Audiovisual/Multimedia; Calculators; Computers (Models of Use, Programmed Instruction); and The Web and Pedagogy. Examples of the type of sites you can find on this Web page include: Technology in Math Education - Mathematics Education at the Math Forum, ATLAST Project Forum, and a newsletter designed to help teachers integrate technology into the curriculum; it is called Bits and Bytes - Brian Metcalfe, Editor; Winnipeg School Division No. 1.

CONTENT AREA: Math
GRADE LEVEL: Elementary
URL: http://mathforum.org/students/elem

The Math Forum (Drexel Univ.) Retrieved 5/1/04. The Elementary Student Center (ages 5-11) consists of selected Internet links for elementary school students: projects, activities, sites, and software to help make math fun! The site also provides a search engine to locate specific information that can help integrate technology into the elementary classroom to use during math time.

CONTENT AREA: Math
GRADE LEVEL: Elementary
URL: http://www.cnas.smsu.edu/smt

Retrieved May 1, 2004 from the SMSU College of Natural and Applied Science's "Science, Math and Technology" Web site. It is a product of THE MISSOURI ALLIANCE, a network of people from schools and colleges, businesses and industries, state agencies, professional and civic organizations, and private life working together to help students in their state live satisfying and productive lives in the increasingly technological society of the future. Its primary focus is on elementary and secondary education. However, their information is available to all Internet users so you can find ideas to help you integrate math and technology in your elementary classroom. For example, one of the links on this site is to the "HELP 4 TEACHERS" section at: http://www.cnas.smsu.edu/smt/helpful/math.htm. Here you can find many activities that will make math interesting for your students.






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