id: 06664468
dt: j
an: 2016f.01425
au: Stephens, Greg
ti: Don’t just do the math ‒ type it!
so: Math. Teach. (Reston) 109, No. 6, 468-470 (2016).
py: 2016
pu: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
la: EN
cc: U70 H20
ut: use of technology; algebraic expressions; fractional expressions
ci:
li: http://www.nctm.org/Publications/Mathematics-Teacher/2016/Vol109/Issue6/Don_t-Just-Do-the-Math%E2%80%94Type-It!/
ab: Summary: Most word processors, including Google Docs$^{\text{TM}}$ and
Microsoft$^\circledR$ Word, include an equation editor. These are great
tools for the occasional homework problem or project assignment.
Getting the mathematics to display correctly means making decisions
about exactly which elements of an expression go where. The feedback is
immediate: Students can see whether the screen matches their idea of
how their work should look. The students of the author, from algebra to
calculus, struggle with the order of operations. They often know what
they want to do but run into trouble trying to execute their plan
correctly. By requiring that some solutions be typed, the author is
able to reemphasize the process of setting up the math properly. In
this article, he presents the benefits to using an equation editor and
compares Google Docs$^{\text{TM}}$ and Microsoft$^\circledR$ Word.
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