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Teaching Tips
with Technology

Frank Griffin
Cate School,
Carpinteria, CA
TCM Conference
Durham, NC 2007
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

• Effectively using technology in the
involving kids actively and
encouraging them to think as it is
about pushing buttons or “bells and
whistles”
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

• The pedagogy:
• Demonstrate, Check
• Make connections
• Numeric, symbolic, graphical
• Visualize, see it another way
• Create suspense, surprise
• Think, predict, analyze
• Play games, have fun
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#10 Starting class:
Play “guess the function”
by “hiding” the equations in
Y8, Y9 or Y0
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

• #10
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#9        Testing conjectures:
• Student predictions
• Give the kid in the front row the
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

students to guess and check:
• Using the home screen, tables and
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#7
• Projecting onto a whiteboard so
you can “write” on the graphs;
make it like a game show
• Using Horizontal and Vertical lines
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#7
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#6
• Calling on your students randomly
either with numbers or names
entered into a program
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#6
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#5
• Using the STO-> key to test
hypotheses, use parameters, or solve
to check equations
• Enter key to “pause” the graph
• typing over an equation to retrace for
“instant replay”
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#4
• Showing families of curves
• (multiple graphs):
• using a list (L1) as a coefficient:
• y = ax2 + bx + c
• y = L1x2 + bx + c
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#3
• Preparing for class:
• Using graph data bases (GDB) to
save functions and save time!
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#2
• Using regular function notation
• Y VARS, e.g Y1(2) or Y1(x+2) to
show variations and
transformations
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#2
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

And now the #1 technique!
• Animating curves with parametrics and polar
curves;
• “replaying” the action in real time (using a
stopwatch)
• Use x=T, y=f(T) to animate any function;
• Using SIMUL and
• SEQUENTIAL modes
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

#1
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

• This wasn’t David Letterman, but
I hope you enjoyed the
presentation and picked up
something to enhance your
students.
Thanks!
T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

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T5: Top Ten
Teaching Tips with Technology

• Frank Griffin
• Cate School
• Carpinteria, CA

• Frank_Griffin@cate.org

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