An Applet for the Teacher: Mathematics for the Imagination

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An Applet for the Teacher: Mathematics for the Imagination
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For many of us, in our own school days, mathematics lessons were pretty boring. Today there is enormous potential for technology to enliven learning and nowhere can its power be harnessed more effectively than in the teaching of mathematics. Over the last five years, the authors have collaborated to explore the use of computer applets in teaching. Applets are computer programs that provide students with an interactive learning environment, but which work free of networks and are simple to install, and use.

The authors have designed, created and tested a wide range of applets to support children’s mathematical learning, and have more in preparation. They have found them to be great fun to use and highly effective in helping learners to understand key topics in mathematics.

This book signposts you to a free selection of these applets, along with a wealth of advice and suggestions about how you can use them effectively with learners. Whether you are a classroom teacher or a parent wishing to help your child, use the applets fully and experience the fun of learning mathematics with understanding.

Contents include:
• Matchbox algebra
• Tuckshop subtraction
• Fractions
• More applets for younger learners
• Applets for older learners
• Strategies and advice for using ICT in mathematics education

Alan Graham is a lecturer with the Open University and has published over 20 works on mathematics and mathematics education. Roger Duke is an Associate Professor in Software Engineering at the University of Queensland, having been a lecturer in Mathematics at the Open University for 10 years.