Today's students have grown up with digital technology, a fact that has fundamentally changed the way they think and process information (Prensky 2001). To reach our students, we need to accommodate this change and learn to use technology in mathematically powerful ways. The Internet gives students access to vast amounts of data. As teachers, we share in the responsibility to help our students learn to make sense of this information. One resource for teachers is WolframAlpha®, a computational knowledge engine that provides computed answers to queries. This article aims to describe how WolframAlpha can be used to support classroom practice and students' technological literacy.
Emily P. Thrasher and Ayanna D. Perry
Ayanna D. Perry, Emily P. Thrasher, and Hollylynne S. Lee
The use of iPads® in the classroom is growing. In the 2013–14 school year, 57 percent of schools planned to invest in iPads (Netop 2013). This investment can benefit mathematics classrooms only if teachers know which apps they can use to help students develop deeper mathematical understanding. Although learning about and developing facility with various apps is valuable for mathematics teachers, the process can be difficult, overwhelming, and time-consuming. To get started, we recommend one app, Dropbox, that can be used to share materials within the classroom setting, and then we suggest three free, easy-to-use mathematics apps: Sketchpad Explorer, Data Analysis, and MathGraph (see the table on p. 711).