Tobin White


Professional Title: 
Assistant Professor
About Me (Bio): 
Tobin White studies the use of technology in teaching and learning mathematics. A former high school mathematics teacher, he earned his PhD in mathematics education from Stanford in 2005. His current research, using classroom networks of handheld calculators and computers, involves designing collaborative problem-solving tools and activities in order to investigate intersections between conceptual and social dimensions of mathematics learning.
University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

This project studies teaching practices in a year-long high school algebra course that integrates hand-held and other electronic devices. Of particular interest is how these technologies can support learners' capacity to efficiently and effectively draw on the distributed intelligences that technical and social networks make available. The investigation focuses on collaborative learning tasks centered on collective mathematical objects, such as functions, expressions, and coordinates that participants in a group must jointly manipulate through networked computers.