The Impact of Computer Technologies on Math Curriculum Development, By Iman Osta
The full Chapter is available only i Arabic
Responding to the possible impact of information technologies is one of the most important challenges faced by the teaching of mathematics in the world, and particularly in Lebanon.
In this information age, the increasing technological revolution is introducing radical changes in work, learning, and modes of thinking. Thus, there is an increasing need for modern curricula and methods of teaching adapted to the new revolution. It is now clear that taking into consideration this new factor while developing mathematics curricula is not any more an optional decision, nor does it consist of adding some extra-curricular activities to a traditional curriculum with its goals and foundations. Thus, the need for integrating information technology in teaching does not derive only from a simplistic intention to modernize teaching or the fascination by the potential of the new or even the high motivation it could bring into teaching situations. Rather, this integration derives from the necessity for assimilating the effects of the new cultural, intellectual, and economic revolution into a new vision of the objectives, contents, and methods of mathematics education. In this content, objectives change radically, certain subjects are canceled, others are added, and new priorities are set in order subjects. Methods and roles in the teaching situation change, and a new notion of assessment is created.