Using the graphing calculator to engage students in math learning

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  • My Class Needs graphing calculators to engage students in math learning

    Launched November 2nd, 2017 Project Deadline January 30th, 2018
    Classroom Size 30 Students School Size 1200 Students

    My Students

    Carson Graham Secondary is an International Baccalaureate school. Our Grade 12 students who are taking DP math SL & HL are expected to complete their international final math exam with at least 2 papers; one is graphing calculator allowed and the other one is not graphing calculator allowed. Hence, using a graphing calculator to solve math problems is prescribed as one of the learning outcomes in DP math standards. Of course, the graphing calculator is also an important tool for our regular students who are taking Pre-Calculus 11 & 12, Foundations of Mathematics 11 & 12 which follow BC math curriculum. In BC math standards, students are expected to grasp the skills of how to graph functions, solve equations, calculate statistical problems, etc graphically and technologically. Therefore, the portable graphing calculator provides the best visualization and convenience in teaching and learning.

    How will this project impact them?

    Except our DP students who will be evaluated on the skills of using a graphing calculator in the international final exam, our Pre-Calculus 11&12 and Foundations 11&12 students were found to be more engaged in math learning with the help of a graphing calculator. With the assistance of a graphing calculator, they will not be afraid to tackle tedious statistical computations, such as finding the mean, variance, standard deviation, median, lower quartile, upper quartile, graphing scattered plot and boxplot for a large amount of data values. Students also can use the graphing calculator to help them visualize features of a variety of functions more easily than our traditional instruction and solve equations which can not be solved algebraically. Of course, the graphing calculator can help students improve their math understanding in a wide range of topics more than the ones illustrated above. The graphing calculator provides a wonderful platform allowing students to investigate, think and reflect on their math solutions, for instance, students can apply the graphing calculator to help them visualize the scattered plot, make a conjecture, test the conjecture, and evaluate the conjecture on the best regressed function for real-life problems. In my teaching experience, I find that students are more confident in the math assessments if they are allowed to use the graphing calculator.

  • Where the $1374.98 goes

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    TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator

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    $169.99 x 5 = $849.95
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    Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator

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    $149.99 x 1 = $149.99
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    Provincial and Federal Taxes $108.00
    Fulfillment Materials * $45.00
    3rd Party Payment Processing Fee ** $15.79
    Project cost excluding donation to support myclassneeds.ca $1,168.73
    Optional donation to support myclassneeds.ca *** $206.25
    Project cost including donation to support myclassneeds.ca $1,374.98
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by Ms. Dai

I am a mathematics teacher at an International Baccalaureate Secondary School. I am a math specialist, teaching Diploma Program Mathematics SL & HL, Pre-Calculus 11 and 12. I have been teaching mathematics for 16 years in 2 different countries. In the school where I am teaching right no...

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