First National Congress
6-7 December 2004, Cebu City, Philippines


Is There Math in Energy?: A Technology-Enhanced Teaching Unit
by Sherlita L. Daguisonan
Iligan City East High School-Hinaplanon

Computer technology is an increasingly popular method for delivering instruction in an effort to increase learning and improve performance. This current presentation showcases a teaching unit plan in mathematics that uses computers. Entitled Mathematic Power/Fuel Patrol, the plan revolves around the following essential and unit questions: Is there Mathematics in energy? What mathematical concepts are applied in energy?

This plan focused on the use of power patrol report cards and a journal of fuel consumption in learning ratio, proportion and percent. It began with monitoring the electricity and fuel consumption (those with motor vehicle) of the households of the First Year - Guijo students. The data gathered were used in discussing the mathematical concepts. Students presented the data in the power patrol report cards and journal using MS Excel. Part of the plan was the integration of an Araling Panlipunan lesson where the teacher introduced the concept of "Paano mapangangalagaan ang mga yamang pinagkukunan ng enerhiya sa ating bansa". Finally, in groups of six, the students created a multimedia presentation of the concepts learned. All of the student outputs were rated/evaluated using rubrics.

The plan achieved its goal of showing students the mathematical concepts involved in computing for electricity/fuel consumption. It also showed how the lesson relates to their daily life activities, specifically on knowing the cost of electricity per day and cost of fuel used per day.

The plan shows that mathematics can be taught using computer technology as a tool that fosters student participation and moves them towards greater learning. I came to realized that being a neophyte in teaching mathematics is not a problem with the use of computer technology. I was able to make my math classroom a dynamic, collaborative, and active learning environment.

 

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