Explain the importance of appropriately integrating Texas Instruments' CBL 2 (Calculator Based Laboratory), CBR 2 (Calculator Based Ranger), Fathom, a powerful data analysis software tool from Key Curriculum Press, and Excel into the middle school or high school mathematics classroom curriculum. Describe the benefits of their use. Support your discussion with research findings.
Describe how the technologies can be adapted to include students with special needs or with learning style preferences.
Very briefly sketch at least three assignments for student projects that incorporate the appropriate use of the three technologies you introduced. One project should emphasize data collection, one should emphasize data analysis, and one should integrate both.
The CBL 2 (Calculator-Based Laboratory), from Texas Instruments, is the second generation of the CBL system, a portable device which primarily functions as a data-collection device for gathering real-world data. This device will help students store gathered and process data, and will also help them make interpretations and analysis on the processed data. It is an ideal device for math and science lessons.
The CBR 2 (Calculator Based Ranger), also from Texas Instruments, is a companion to TI-84 Plus family calculators. This device is a sensor that will gather real-world motion data such as speed and acceleration. This is very suitable for math and physics activities, wherein theoretical computations can be justified by data gathered by this device.
Fathom Dynamic Data Software is a powerful tool in data analysis from Key Curriculum Press. This software allows students to manipulate data and see the effects in graphical from. This helps ...
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