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Mathematics and technology: a CIEAEM source book

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G.Aldon, F.Hitt, L.Bazzini, U. Gellert, Springer (2017)

Technology, a tool for teaching and learning mathematics.

The 65th, 66th and the 67th conference of the Commission Internationale pour l’Étude et L’Amélioration de l’Enseignement des Mathématiques (CIEAEM), the International Commission for the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Education (, gave in the years 2014 and 2015 grant importance to the role of technology in mathematics education. In every working group, presentations taking into account the technology show the importance of that topic either for teaching and learning mathematics or for communication within and outside classrooms.
The editorial team of the oultined volume – consisting of the chairs of CIEAEM65 (Bazzini & Hitt), CIEAEM66 and secretary of the commission (Aldon), the president of the commission (Gellert) and the vice-president (Hitt) – invited selected speakers to contribute to the volume by extending and, for some of them by translating into English, their conference papers.
A key question would be, how the proposed mathematical task in a technological environment influences the acquisition of knowledge? What elements are important to retain in the design of mathematical tasks in computing environments?

Communication and Information

New paradigms of this century have highlighted the importance of communication both inside and outside the classroom, whether researchers or teachers follow a constructivist, socio-constructivist or sociocultural paradigm, communication is an essential part of their research program (Aldon, Artigue & al., 2009). Technology plays an important role in this communication, and simultaneously imposes its way of being used. In the past this communication outside the classroom was not fully efficient because we did not have mobile resources as we currently have. Then, the use of TBI, platforms as Moodle, tablets and smartphones has transformed the way we communicate both inside and outside the mathematics classroom. How to make an efficient use of these resources in the classroom and beyond?

Another important aspect detected by the editors of this volume, is on how teachers appropriate themselves the information to teach courses and to communicate with their colleagues. The issue of the documentation of teachers in the digital era has to be addressed as well as the documentation of students. Technology modifies the way information is transmitted and mathematical education has to take into account the new ways of learning through connected networks as well as new ways of teaching with an extensive documentation (Aldon, 2010, Gueudet & Trouche, 2009, Trouche & Drijvers, 2010). The tools to learn and inform others are important in the process of teaching. The problems facing the educational environment for information to flow in both directions are huge. How the researchers can appropriate themselves about the teachers’ experiences and in turn, how the teachers can appropriate themselves about research results. Bilateral information represents one of the biggest problems to solve in the educational environment.

Technology and teachers’ professional development

The last session, but not the least, is on the training of teachers in the digital era. Teacher education is a political issue that policy makers have to take into consideration in the cultural and social context of the society. The injunctions, often insistent, of introducing technology in the classroom have to face the reality of teachers' technological knowledge and the necessity of teachers' training (Clark-Wilson & al., 2014). It is well known that we can divide the teachers into three populations, those that completely reject the use of technology, those who believe that problems of teaching and learning mathematics are solved immediately with technology, and those who believe that they must make a rational use of technological resources in order to have a real impact on teaching and learning mathematics. How to convince the math teacher about the importance of the use of technological resources? How to convince the enthusiastic teacher who must make a rational use of technology? What problems of teaching and learning will have to confront future mathematics teachers in the use of technological resources?



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