One of the more challenging aspects of trying to integrate technology into the classroom is finding phenomenon-based activities that can be enriched by technology applications. This article describes a mathscience-technology activity combining students' collection of data with mathematical and scientific analysis that is enhanced by using the iPod Touch (iTouch). The activity focuses on measuring shadow lengths throughout the school year and then organizing and evaluating the data by using the Planets app on the iTouch. Although this particular lesson was created for fifth graders, it could be adapted for students in other grades as well.
Darlinda Cassel, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Dan Vincent, email@example.com, are colleagues at the University of Central Oklahoma. They teach math and science methods courses for preservice teachers. Both authors are interested in how children learn math and science as well as in helping preservice teachers use inquiry in the classroom.
Edited by Spencer Jamieson, Spencer.firstname.lastname@example.org, an elementary school mathematics specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Virginia; Patricia W. Freeman, email@example.com, who teaches algebra 1 and geometry to eighth graders at Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia, while pursuing a doctorate in Mathematics Education Leadership at George Mason University (GMU); and Courtney Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org, who is a mathematics consultant for FCPS and a GMU doctoral student. Technology from the Classroom is the venue for sharing articles that illustrate the effective use of technology in pre-K–grade 6 mathematics classrooms. Send submissions of no more than 1500 words to this department by accessing tcm.msubmit.net. See detailed submission guidelines for all departments at www.nctm.org/tcmdepartments.