Tutorial To Be Presented in the 11th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics
December 12-16, 2006, Hong Kong SAR, China

Technology in a Classroom and Empowering Mathematics Education via a Dedicated Farsi Website

Massoud Raji
Iranshahr Institute


In the Farsi-speaking regions of the middle-east and Iran, mathematics education is severely criticized by some world-class mathematicians, including advisers to governments. Many costly, low-quality, repetitive, pedantic and poorly-distributed books are published that sting the innocent students' intellect and confuse the teachers. Only a minority of talented students fall in love with mathematics, and the potentialities of the majority remain unexplored, dormant, or poorly-developed permanently, forever. The invaluable classroom time is mostly spent on hand-calculations or inaccurate blackboard/paper graphics that repel the students and disappoint the teachers. In this hands-on workshop, author will share with audience on the followings: Utilizating of scientific/graphic calculators (ClassPad 300 and CFX-9860) in the classroom can remedy the situation by saving billions of student-hours, upgrading presentation qualities and allowing both students and teachers to study, model and solve interesting problems of higher order that directly enhance the expected outcomes of investments on general education. A dedicated Farsi website can helpfully attract millions of students and uniformly empower tens of thousands of teachers by offering correct, concise, and well-thought-of answers to their myriads of questions. The website should take the form of a pure hypertext, i.e. a consistent mathematical text that documents but never contradicts itself, structured to provide fully functional, one-to-one and many-to-one links and references.

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