Experts outline challenges facing math instruction

Using those handhelds, the students were able to see shapes of the equation, see and graph a table, and grasp the concept easier. Faitel said handhelds also helped students understand parallel and perpendicular lines.

She first displayed a number of graphing calculator screenshots and asked students what they noticed about the slopes of various lines.

“That helped when I had to teach the actual math portion of it,” she said.

“I cannot even imagine teaching any kind of class without my graphing calculator,” Faitel said, adding that the technology offers some powerful benefits for students.

“It helps them grow in their confidence and their ability to understand and perform mathematics,” she said.

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