Mobile math: math educators and students engage in mobile learning
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The public and educational communities are aware of the continuing crisis in math education in our middle schools and the convergence of technologies for teaching and learning. This paper presents a case study in which iPod Touch® was used to help middle school students learn about algebraic equations and, in particular, the concept of slope, absolute value, and elimination. The development of math movies for use on the iPod Touch provided students with a mobile means of informal math learning beyond the hours of the classroom. While the study explored the use of mobile devices in an eighth grade math classroom, the lessons learned are invaluable to those seeking to implement mobile technologies to support teaching and learning with typical software, such as iMovie, PowerPoint, and iTunes ® .
KeywordsiPods iPod touch Math education Video development Teacher education Higher education K-12 education Math curriculum Podcasting
I wish to acknowledge the work of MATRIX in providing the iPods used in this study. The contents of this article were developed under a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Education. However, they do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education nor an endorsement by the Federal Government. PR/Award Number U295A050004 through the U.S. Department of Education.
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