International Conference on Electronics, Information and Communication Engineering (EICE 2012)
6 MatCos: A Programming Environment for Mathematics Education
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In this paper, we present some works carried out independently by secondary school's students with the aid of the MatCos software. The works produced as part of the Regional Project ‘Mathematics and Computers’ are - albeit at a basic level - examples of mathematical modelling of sensible reality. When mathematical concepts are associated to certain real objects, imagination and creativity, combined with rationality, feature strongly in the work of students and open up new opportunities for cultural growth and training. A short description of the general framework within which the idea of the research took shape, of the pedagogical paradigm of the software and of the experimentation round off the paper.