Integrating Technology Into the Mathematics Classroom to Bridge the Minority Gap
Workshop participants will gain exposure to practical, nuts and bolts approaches to addressing the challenges of the meaningful use of technology in the mathematics classroom with an eye on:
"How are technologies best used in math to help students achieve, think critically, and prepare for the world outside of school?"
ISTE NETS Standards Addressed
II. C. Identify and locate technology resources and evaluate them for accuracy and suitability
III. A. Facilitate technology-enhanced experiences that address content standards and student technology standards.
III. C. Apply technology to develop students' higher-order-thinking skills and creativity.
III. D. Manage student learning activities in a technology-enhanced environment.
IV. B. Use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and maximize student learning.
V. B. Continually evaluate and reflect on professional practice to make informed decisions regarding the use of technology in support of student learning.
Why and How To Use Technology in Math
Technology motivates students to learn,
complete tasks that might bore them with pencil and paper, provides
creative ways to solve problems, and offers a risk free learning
environment for students to explore the world of mathematics. It
encourages students to become active learners with a quest for knowledge
and to assume responsibility for their own learning.
Interactive Math tools, digital photography, and spreadsheets should be used in the classroom because they are tools that provides concrete ways to explore abstract concepts, enhance success for visual learners, promote higher-order thinking skills and deepens understanding..
Students are more assertive in a risk-free learning environment of the computer. Errors are easily corrected or edited, creating a finished product that students are proud of and are willing to share.
These interactive learning tools were created to help students learn and understand, not memorize and forget the important math concepts they need to grow and succeed throughout their school math careers. These programs were developed based on the philosophy that the comprehension of math should be based on a sound foundation of real experiences, and that a high level of interactivity engages and stimulates learning. These programs combine technology and instructional strategies to engage students in understanding math concepts.
The tools are adaptable to many learning situations: individual, student centered, and teacher centered. Learning takes place from the concrete to the abstract using clear and simple math language. It is a flexible learning resource that can be used as remediation, tutoring, intervention, general classroom use, home study or lesson reinforcement. Answers are never given instead questions are asked leading students to the correct answer while encouraging the idea that a mistake is an opportunity for learning. The programs are self paced for struggling, advanced, and second language learners. It supports classroom planning with lessons and printable worksheets and enables the teacher to track students' performance and progress. Understanding Numeration Plus reads to the students so that students who have difficulty reading or have a language barrier are still able to learn the math concepts. Understanding Math Plus is comprised of 10 topics, each covering core curriculums, aligned to the standards, using graphic explanations, step by step examples, practice questions, topic tests, and cumulative checks.
Multimedia Presentations to Demonstrate Understanding
Multimedia tools provide opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know and can do in math in a totally different medium. Students all have unique combinations of intelligences according to Gardner and given the opportunity for diverse learning opportunities they are able to perform at a higher level and achieve greater success.
Power Point Examples, Hyperstudio, or Media Blender
Information from Chris Web Site
cameras are excellent tools for enhancing the math classroom. They
can also assist with applications under the current math reform movement,
moving away from isolated problems in a drill-and-practice format to
authentic experiences and problem solving.
images can be used to help demonstrate accomplishment of standards such as
National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards
for Algebra, Geometry and Measurement. For example, you could apply
standards by having images that allow students to measure and compare
sides, shape and angles by using images as models.
EXCEL or Graph Club Examples
Graphing or A
Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Students we teach today will need to be able to demonstrate their learning and knowledge in order to survive in the workplace of tomorrow. Being able to construct tables and analyze data and spreadsheets they will develop their critical thinking skills which will transfer into other areas of learning. Conducting surveys, gathering and analyzing data are a frequent part of solving problems and satisfying curiosity. Looking up information to answer a question or to formulate new questions, we are gathering and analyzing data.
Different Kinds of Graphs
Comparing and Graphing the Weather
Obtain data for this activity from the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Using EXCEL to Teach Fractions
are the very essence of mathematics, the language in which it is
expressed. The art and science of exploring patterns are entwined with
mathematics, a relationship that is related to the role of rhyme in
poetry.“ Mathematics Journal