The authors of MathVillage have over 35 years of teaching experience at the middle school level. While increasingly becoming frustrated by the poor quality of teaching materials that we were forced to use, we ran into this article published by Science Daily:
Combination Of Old And New Media Deepens Mathematical Understanding
ScienceDaily (May 19, 2009) — By combining the trusty old book, pen and paper with the possibilities offered by the computer and the interactive whiteboard, information and communication technologies (ICT) can help to improve students’ understanding in maths education. So conclude a team of researchers led by Koeno Gravemeijer and Paul Drijvers from the Freudenthal Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (Utrecht University).
The researchers studied the interaction between learning, teaching and the use of technological tools. To this end they developed so-called applets, small interactive software components that can be accessed through an Internet browser. The applets are embedded in an electronic learning environment. Working with applets can help students gain a better understanding of the mathematical concept of function and the applications of this
To read the entire article, please visit http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090514083929.htm
In response to this Science Daily article, we have created a unique website in which nearly every mathematical topic mentioned includes written examples, a short video tutorial, and an interactive applet.
Our plans for the future of MathVillage: