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"I think computers are a necessary tool for all math curriculum starting at grade 0. A computer is so flexible, so supportive of different scenarios. What's graphing calculators, there's a lot of overhead to learning because you are driving it from an idiotic keyboard. As an interface, it's crummy. I would much rather have three kids on the computer then one each to a calculator."It's been 20 years since Judah was quoted as saying that. All one has to do is look at the keyboard on any school oriented graphing calculator to see that not much has changed since then.
Since Keycurriculum.com is in the business of producing high quality, dynamic software (Sketchpad, Fathom and Tinkerplots) and curriculum support, I always highlight the sessions that include these transformative environments. In Chicago I noted four such sessions (asterisked.) I listed a few others (double Asterisked) that particularly interested me for reasons I explain.
Karen M. Greenhaus
Ryan M. Robidoux, Stephen J. Hegedus and Beste Güçler
Priya Nihalani and Michael Mayrath
Christopher S. Danielson and Karim Kai Ani
Scott Steketee and Kevin Thompson
Amy Jarrett-Clancy and Jennifer Misong Magiera
Math blogging is rarely mentioned in math conference sessions. Yet, it is the most powerful transformer in math education. I plan to attend and will blog about it.
Mark A. Augustyn and Kathryn G. Shafer
Daniel Scher and Scott Steketee
208** Facebook, CSI, and Math?
Chuck E. Emenaker
Pick out the least popular of the three terms mentioned. Tying math in with the popular ones has to be good. I'll catch the beginning of this session.
Neil D. Cooperman (with Ihor Charischak)
We'll discuss our collaboration on the Great Green Globs Contest. Something every math teacher should know about!