I teach some mathematics subjects to students studying a computer science course. Most of these students dislike maths (I'm Australian, hence "maths" instead of "math"), and are doing it only because it's a core subject in their first year. I should also point out that many of my students have a very weak maths background, and so find the maths that I teach (which over a year covers logic and boolean algebra, some combinatorics, and linear algebra and calculus) very difficult and demanding, and often simply dull.
I've been using Maple for about four or five years now; each week the students work through a sheet of Maple exercises (which are all marked) designed to enhance their learning. But here's the thing - the students actually don't like Maple! They would much rather spend that hour having a standard tutorial, working through pencil-and-paper problems, than in a computer lab with Maple. So I need to change my approach; to somehow make Maple more central, more enjoyable, and more "enhancing" than I've been doing up to now.
So I'm very interested to know how other people have managed with their use of Maple. If you are so inclined, you can email me at:
amca at csm dot vu dot edu dot au
I'd be delighted to hear from you.