EMTeachline learning software - pedagogic methodical framework

Mathematics software and its training capabilities

 A major goal of school mathematics is to equip students with knowledge and skills that enable them to approach and solve math problems, learn from both errors and solutions, and make connections between and among math problems and math concepts. Most math software stops short of this goal. The more advanced tools tend to have complex features that make difficult to evaluate an assistance they provide. This page helps you relate software parameters with training capabilities they ensure. To effectively train math skills, any training software should provide specific resources (databases of problems, solving algoritms, formulas, rules, etc.), specific user options (problem-solving environment, error analysis environment, interactive features, etc.) and specific methodical feedbacks (an objective analysis of student's work, recommendations for error correction). If any component in this set is missing, then such math software cannot provide the effective learning process. This means that the teaching capabilities of a software depend on its technical characteristics and contents. Tables below expand on software parameters that are necessary to train essential math skills. Separate tables summarise teaching capabilities of the EMTeachline mathematics software. An additional information on methodical training framework in the EMTeachline mathematics software can be found on the page "Methods".

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 ● Methodical feedback - what is this? Teaching students to solve math problems independently, on their own, presents the most challenges for teachers. Theoretical material is limited and must be simply learnt. Practical tasks cannot be just learnt because their number is infinite. The only way is to teach students "to think"... ● Interactive training of problem solving skills How we learn problem-solving skills? Let us consider typical math tasks, such as "solve an equation", "prove an identity". In these tasks we deal with symbolic records. A formal indicator that the task is solved is a set of consecutive calculations proving the solution. To produce this set we should be capable... ● Who needs lexical functions in math software, and why? The language of mathematics is a professional slang with specialized lexicon. The EMTeachline mathematics software offers the following lexical options... ● How does the EMTeachline mathematics software help math teachers? Once upon a time, when I was a math teacher I knew little about the world of training programs and was extremely skeptical about training potentials of mathematics software. Although I still firmly believe that no program can replace a good math teacher, I am positive that training programs can help math teachers a lot in the following areas...