This week I wanted to follow up on one of the articles I mentioned last week about implementing the right kind of technology into a classroom, specifically a math classroom- “Thinking (and Talking) About Technology in Math Classrooms” by E. Paul Goldenberg
Through many searches and browsing through blogs and presentations, I came across the video “A Brief History of Technology in Education”
In this video a few lines stuck out to me. They explain that the hype inside classrooms use to deal with how teachers presented information. Now, it has shifted to how teachers access information. Because of the new technology (including the internet) “you can make active learning interactive learning.”
Interactive learning is what I am focusing on. Interactive learning encourages the students to be a part of the lesson instead of being an observer of the lesson. The amount of technology that is out there available for teachers to use is incredible.
On the same site as the previous video, I found the following video about math. This student has used a great deal of technology to make this video. He has became a part of the lesson and surly is not sitting on the sidelines watching. The creativity and originality that went into this is out of this world, and is a prime example of interactive learning. The video can be used as a review tool, as a way to review many of the topics covered in mathematics course.
Through some more searches, I found a blog written by an elementary teacher aspiring to earn a master’s degree in mathematics education. He has compiled a few resources for teachers to use as a way to engage and enhance math lesson in the classroom. All of these resources are ideal to use as enrichment tools, not to solely teach the lesson. The virtual manipulatives (as mentioned in Goldenberg’s article) can increase the variety of the problems students can think about and solve.
“The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is a site with many virtual manipulatives. The site is organized into five mathematical categories (Numbers and operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis and probability) and by different grade levels.” This site also contains interactive online units for teachers that are based on the national standards. With tools to track student progress in online programs, teacher can get a sense of where students are and how they are benefiting, or not, from the online interactive tools.
Some other online tools that are mentioned are:
A+ Click – helps students of all grade levels practice problem solving skills and to use creative thinking
Math Pickle-gives teachers a way to play mathematical games, solve puzzles, and have math competitions in their classroom
Education World-offers professional development, lesson plans, and resources
Super Kids-offers worksheets, games, and “brain food” for students