Often many of my secondary preservice teachers claim that Mathematics and Technology are not are a cooperative combination (even graphing calculators are controversial withe many mathematic teachers). I recently came across an interesting article about Prof. Michal Yerushalmy who developed a "mobile math lab" program that allows collaboration of mathematics on cell phones. The program is free and can be installed on most cell phones. The program turns cell phones into mini mathematic computers, where students can conduct activities such as graphing, modeling, functions, and quadrilaterals. IN addition the website suggests many age appropriate activities for mobile math programs. Even better, You do not need to have a fancy smart phone in order to use these programs!! Finally, if cell phones are not allowed in your school, mobile math lab activities can be done for homework and I believe (although I have yet to try) the data can be shared between students for more collaborative activities! Maybe students will be more motivated to participate in the math curriculum if they can use their favorite social tool!?
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