Event Type:

Department Colloquium

Date/Time:

Friday, February 9, 2007 - 07:00

Location:

Kidd 364

Local Speaker:

Abstract:

There has been an explosive growth in the availability of computing technology for mathematics classrooms over the last quarter century. In reviewing the mathematics education research, some constructs have emerged recently that may prove useful in making sense of the special opportunities and obstacles technology poses. We will discuss three kinds of fidelity constructs - mathematical, cognitive, and pedagogical that relate especially to the notion of machine representations of mathematical actions and objects. In particular we'll use Kaput's (1992) notion of a "hot link" (2 or more dynamically connected representations) to illustrate the implications for both educators and technology tool developers.