## Revitalizing Mathematics with Problem Solving Activities Using Cooperative Learning and the TI Graphing Calculators
*Sinforosa Tan*
`rose.tan@sunywcc.edu`
Mathematics
**Westchester Community College**
75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, N.Y. 10545
USA
### Abstract
OBJECTIVES
1. To share some recent research on the learning/teaching of mathematics and the use of graphing calculators in mathematics education.
2. To discuss how technology is revitalizing the faculty and transforming the teaching of mathematics at the author's institution. The author has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and has recently received the Center for Faculty Risk Taking and Innovation Award for her work in leading the Mathematics Department to use technology.
3. To introduce innovations on the use of graphing calculators and learn how to use it as a teaching tool with a broad range of sample activities in Precalculus mathematics.
RATIONALE
There is evidence that cooperative learning strategies work in mathematics. The combination of using the graphing calculators and cooperative learning activities contribute to a dynamic and effective learning environment. Some mathematics educators consider the graphing calculators the greatest force for positive change in mathematics education today, partly because of its power and its accessibility.
OVERVIEW
The seminar/workshop will present some research findings on the impact of cooperative learning and the use of technology such as the graphing calculators on mathematics education. The ongoing Mathematics Curriculum Reform Movement will be briefly discussed and its impact on teachers and the teaching of mathematics. The workshop portion will focus on hands on activities to introduce the use of graphing calculators and cooperative learning techniques in solving problems on a broad range of levels. Projects for follow up activities and suggestions for possible research topics will be discussed with the participants.
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