Seriously … why don’t math classes use computers? Excel, simple Python scripts, Mathematica / Sage, everything beyond the TI-83. Kids could be creating totally sweet visuals instead of cribbing formulae. And thinking instead of copying.
I can say from my experience teaching that giving kids some real data and having them muck around with it for an hour, was better than an hour of my lectures. (And guess what, they understood lecture better after they’d looked at real data.)
Why, why, why, why, why is maths education so senselessly, wretchedly bad?
My grade 12 math teacher actually did things like this all the time. We had our class in the computer science lab so he used computer simulations to teach us in pretty much every lecture. It was so much more informative and interesting and enjoyable than any other math class I’ve taken.
My grade 12 math teacher actually did things like this all the time. We had our class in the computer science lab so he used the computers as much as possible to show us simulations. He was one of the best teacher I’ve ever had.