Mathematics is one of those rare disciplines which has an air of timelessness about it, and because its truths are eternal many people think that both mathematics and the way we teach it has remained unchanged over the years. Little could be further from the truth, however - the nature of how we teach and investigate mathematics has changed a lot over the years, particularly since the invention of the calculator and computer.
The Department of Mathematics at Southeastern makes use of technology in many different ways - from graphing on calculators in the classroom to using the Web in our courses to the production of the CD you're using right now. Much of what we use falls into 3 main categories: graphing calculators, the Worldwide Web, and the computer algebra system Mathematica. To see these radically different types of technology, follow the following links:
One thing to keep in mind is that although we use technology, we use it carefully and only where we think it will enhance our students' understanding. At many schools there is a drive to use technology because it is the "latest thing to do", and it can end up eclipsing the mathematics rather than enhancing it. At Southeastern we keep in mind that technology is a great tool in learning, but it's just that - a tool. An important tool, but just one part of the process of learning, understanding, and doing mathematics.