Recently I commented on a post written by a fellow COETAIL’er. While her and I are at different places in our COETAIL journey, the post she wrote was important in that it made me think about what I have learned over the past 15 months. Writing the comment felt like a validation and affirmation that I have become truly tranformed in my understanding of all things relating to education technology and information literacy. Here’s my comment to her post.
Thanks. My name is Chris. I enjoyed reading your post. Probably the most resonating aspect and question for me to ponder is, where does paper and pencil fit in the math classroom? Not many years ago, it probably was other way around. Where does technology fit in the math classroom?
Especially in the early years and development of procedural mathematics, i.e. solving equations and doing homework, paper and pencil are often good tools of choice. However, as students get older, modeling and applying the mathematics becomes even more important and more well-suited to technology based instructional and learning methods. With age also comes more freedom and responsibility in using technology including things like cell phones and Twitter in the classroom. My students are not allowed by school policy.
I teach grade 7 math and science in Taipei, Taiwan. My students learn in a 1:1 Lenovo tablet environment. It’s the best thing ever teaching wise that’s ever happened to me. My students complete all of their homework digitally with a stylus on OneNote. My students’ cloudbased notebooks are accessible to me at any time for viewing, grading, etc. My paper and pencil routine is completely gone except for our traditional quizzes and tests. If I could, I would change that too. Incedentally, I also use Google classroom with my math students when the need fits the job at hand.
As far as learning resources are concerned, I am curious if you have ever used GoFormative? It’s the subject of my course 5 final project. Just a suggestion, based on experience, it’s not too early to start thinking about it. Here’s one my first posts relating to my project: link to coetail.com. There are many aspects of GoFormative that I found favorable to using Socrative or Kahoot.
I don’t know where to begin even addressing the other technology resources that I use and like. The list changes so frequently now. I do have some mainstays including Desmos and Geogebra. Mostly what I tap into however, are the many online Java applets that are ideal for manipulative use. One that I used with my students recently is the digital balance scale found at: link to illuminations.nctm.org. My advice to any eductor, math included, is to be very active in contiually searching for new ways to bring technology into their teaching practice and the hands of their students. Then go one step further and share it with others through PLN’s and beyond.
Best wishes and thanks again for a thought-provoking post.