Mathematica as a Communication
Enhancement Tool in the Classroom
 

Hiroshi KIMURA, Kyushu Inst. of Tech., JAPAN
Chikara MIYAJI, Tsukuba University, JAPAN
Shinya OHASHI, Kashiwa High School, JAPAN
Kenji YOSHIDA, Konan Boy’s High School, JAPAN

Abstract
To use computers in Math classes, it is required that the computers
can do Math well and are easy to use. Moreover, if they help
communications between student and teacher and student and student,
they enlarge the possibilities of interactions in classrooms.

However, technology of network software for education is not matured
yet. Existing network softwares are sometimes powerless, and generally
inflexible to modify and hard to collaborate with other educational
softwares.

In this presentation, we demonstrate the network tools built on
Mathematica.

Our goals are to provide tools;

1) help various type of communications such as; one-to-all, one-to-several,
and one-to-one,
2) help communications using not only text, but also various formats;
structured text, Mathematical formula, and pictures,
3) can be used easily by the student,
4) can be easily customized by the teacher for their special needs.

We report the effectiveness of the tools from the experiment and
experiences.