The Internet: Problem Solving Friend or Foe?

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Teaching problem solving to today's students requires teachers to be aware of the ways their students may use the internet as both a resource and as a tool for solving problems. In this article, I describe some of my own experiences in teaching problem solving to preservice teachers and how the existence of the internet has affected the ways in which I design and pose problems to my students.

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Jeff Wanko,, is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH 45056, where he teaches mathematics methods and content courses for preservice teachers. He is interested in number theory, geometry, puzzles, and the history of mathematics.

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