I will be starting a Calculus project in the next couple of weeks and I was thinking what it was like for me to take Calculus back in high school. Internet was just starting and it was not readily available in schools. I had a very old and clunky TI-82 Calculator. I think it may have been the first graphing calculator they made. I think of what the students have available to them now, and I marvel. I know some teachers think that students rely on technology too much, but I think we need to provide students with different options. Of course students should be able to take a derivative, but does it make sense at some point for students to struggle though large derivatives if we are testing another skill?
I looked through the internet to find some helpful sites for students and for teachers.
The first is a complete Calculus class on Hippocampus.org. There is also a Spanish version of the course which is wonderful. Math is supposed to be the universal language so it is wonderful that language is not a barrier in this case.
I also found a wonderful website with an extensive list of graphics that can be used by students and teachers.
Cow.math offers a list of small calculus modules. These modules can be used by students as extra practice or students can use them for remediation purposes.
I also looked for websites to help students with their TI-83 calculators. The website prenhall.com has an incredible table of contents for every TI-83 calculator that has been made.
For those students that are interested in the history behind Calculus, I found a great website that outlines how we came to be studying this subject.
As always, please share your finds with the rest of us and see you next week.