Abstract of Plenary Speech at the 11th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics
December 12-16, 2006, Hong Kong SAR, China

Old Wine in a New Bottle? The Use of Information and Communication Technology in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Koon-shing Frederick Leung
Faculty of Education
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong


The use of information and communication technology (ICT) in mathematics teaching and learning has been a central issue in recent development of the mathematics curriculum worldwide. In this presentation, research findings on the effectiveness of the use of some selected ICT tools in mathematics teaching and learning will be summarized. This is then set against a review of past studies on the actual use of ICT tools in the real classroom. From these two reviews of the literature, discrepancies between the potentials and the actualization of the use of ICT in mathematics education are identified. The discrepancies are discussed in terms of the change in our understanding of the nature of mathematics brought about by ICT as the learning tool. The presentation will conclude with some discussions on the implications of this change in tool as well as change in understanding of the nature of mathematics for teaching and learning.

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