Magazine article Technology & Learning

High School Math

Magazine article Technology & Learning

High School Math

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The Internet provides a wealth of math tools ranging from calculators and virtual manipulatives to dynamic illustrations and interactive environments. They offer educators a variety of models to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and can be integrated easily into existing lesson plans. To build your tool chest, visit the following Web sites.

* MathTools (mathforum.org/mathtools) This Web site sponsored by the Math Forum focuses on a variety of math tools. The index starts with pre-K and continues all the way up to discrete math. Tools, activities, supplemental materials, and more are included.

* MiddleSchool.Net: Calculators (www.middleschool. net/MainFeatures/caculate.htm) Don't let the words "middle school" dissuade you. This Web site contains an incredible assortment of all types of calculators, ranging from an 1885 Felt & Tarrant "Comptometer" Adding Machine and a Vector Calculator to an Astrophysical Calculator and a Linear Algebra Matrix Calculator.

* The MathServ Calculus Tool Kit (mss.math.vanderbilt. edu/~pscrooke/toolkit.shtml) These tools from Vanderbilt University follow the fall-in-the-blank modal using algorithms to factor polynomials, find derivatives and antiderivatives, fit polynomials to data sets, plot parametric equations, plot functions of polar coordinates, and more.

* National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics (matti.usu.edu/nlwn/nav/index.html) This National Science Foundation-supported project created by Utah State University is a collection of interactive, Web-based virtual manipulatives. …

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