Winning Equation: How Technology Can Help Save Math Education  Edutopia  0 views

During most of the twentieth century, the United States dominated the math field with its output of important mathematicians and its great strides in engineering, science, and finance. But the depth of the country's decline is apparent in some frightening statistics: Less than onethird of eighthgrade students and fewer than one out of four seniors now test as proficient or better for math, according to recent National Assessment of Education Progress reports.

One technology that jumpstarts algebraic thinking for middle school students is SimCalc, a program that uses computerbased graphs, animation, symbols, and tables to make difficult concepts, such as mathematical rates of change and accumulation, easier for students to learn.