Int. J. of Technology Enhanced Learning   »   2011 Vol.3, No.4



Title: Computer enhanced instruction: a case study of a series of creative math activities design


Author: Wencui Chang, Wenwu Chang


Computer Science Department, Jinzhong College, Wenyuan Street 1#, Jinzhong City, Shanxi, China.
Putuo Modern Educational Technology Center of Shanghai, Zaoyang Rd. 108#, 8-9 Floor, Shanghai, China


Abstract: This paper gives a well designed math class lesson plan covering five class periods in which creation skill and higher order thinking are set to be the main objectives. Based on the theory of Bloom taxonomic and Polya's how to solve it, the activities designed in the lesson plan focus on the exploring unknown structure in a certain origami and problem solving issue. The thinking level of the students is supposed to reach the highest creating level by this curriculum design. We come to the conclusion that origami as well as good questions motivate students' higher level thinking. As students' scaffolds, video and animation technology are essential in helping the learners understanding origami in right perspectives.


Keywords: origami; mathematics activities; creative skills; hexaflexagon; kaleidocycle; computer enhanced instruction; creative activities; activity design; lesson plans; class periods; higher order thinking; Benjamin Bloom; taxonomies; educational objectives; George Polya; unknown structures; problem solving; thinking levels; curriculum design; student motivation; student scaffolds; video; animation; learner understanding; technology enhanced learning.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2011.041286


Int. J. of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2011 Vol.3, No.4, pp.441 - 451


Available online: 15 Jul 2011



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