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Churchill, D., & Wong, P. (2000). Web objects for authentic mathematics activities. In J. Ee, Berinderjeet Kaur, N. H. Lee and B. H. Yeap (Eds.), New ‘Literacies’: Educational response to a knowledge-based society: Proceedings of the ERA-AME-AMIC Joint Conference 2000 (pp. 694-701). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
Searching through the Web or Internet for any mathematics concept will return hundreds of hits. But browsing through these sites will generally reveal a similar pattern of knowledge organization that is characterized by lack of utilization of the true power of the Information and Communication Technologies to deliver web objects that support authentic mathematics learning in eLearning mode. What needs to be realized is that the Internet technologies inherently contain power to go beyond the “link and show” and to add authenticity to the learning situation through visualization, interactivity and connectivity. Authenticity promotes realistic problem–solving settings and engagements in activities that result in development and exposure of learners’ thinking and metacognitive patterns. This paper presents a set of guideline for mathematics educators who plan to design authentic learning activities for implementation in the eLearning environments.
This paper was published in the Proceedings of the ERA-AME-AMIC Joint Conference held at Singapore from 4-6 September 2000
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