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Nathalie Sinclair - Romancing powerful mathematical ideas

NATHALIE SINCLAIR, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario  K7L 3N6, Canada
Romancing powerful mathematical ideas

Technology can provide students with interactive tools for visualizing, transforming and simulating mathematical objects; this enables them to explore powerful mathematical ideas, find connections between them and construct their knowledge of them by creating their own microworlds. Classroom experiences in trying to achieve this potential with middle school students will be presented, as well as a description of the JavaBean-based technologies developed and used.