First Advisor

Upton, Gary


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

90 pages


Over the past couple of decades, several studies have shown that mathematics achievement in the U.S. is either stagnate or declining while achievement in mathematics education in other countries has been improving. The current state of mathematics achievement on our nation is particularly daunting at a time when knowledge of mathematics is becoming increasingly important to acquire quality jobs. Some researchers believe that the lack of mathematics achievement may negatively affect technological developments and the standard of living in the U.S. One particularly promising technique may be the infusion of technology into mathematics classrooms. The proper use of technology may help raise mathematics achievement and interest in mathematics. More specifically, graphing calculators and the TI-Navigator can be used by teachers to help show increased interest in mathematics subjects and increased conceptual understanding of the material. A PowerPoint presentation summarizing the importance of mathematics and STEM education in the U.S. was developed for this project. The PowerPoint also highlighted material from the creation of a 3 hour staff development introducing the TI-Navigator to mathematics and science teachers.

Date of Award

Spring 2008

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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