TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION IN TEACHING MATHEMATICS

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Hello ECI834,

I am a Mathematics educator and have always been delighted, proud of my profession and I must say that the integration of technology into my classroom has greatly enriched my teaching practices. After this week’s class, I began to reflect my own experience using technology in my classroom and researched a lot about the integration of technology in the educational context. The more I read the more I realized that technology in the classroom is an excellent way to engage learners and in a math class, technology can be a massive help for students with mathematics learning problems and creates an interactive, engaging learning environment.

As educators, most of us would reasonably accept the fact that technology has transformed almost every area of life and the educational sector is no exception. when I reflect my own experience of technology integration in my professional context, my words change and the advantages it has to offer, possibilities are limitless. I believe that technology has so much to offer especially in education and for an educator to get closer to our students and deliver the knowledge effectively and efficiently.

It is an unquestionable fact that the major drift in the education today has one or the other means of entanglement with technology integration. As educational institutions explore different ways to implant technology into the classroom, teachers are trying different methods for effective incorporation of technology so that it promotes success and knowledge gain among students. Technology has presented us with many vigorous learning tools and these tools are the most versatile learning tools in the history of education; where our students have immediate access to enormous amount of information which is both informative and collaborative. Technology incorporated in education has many advantages and serves multiple purposes. One of the vital and notable benefits of educational technology is that it improves overall access to education

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During my past seven years of teaching experience, I have used several EdTech tools in my classroom. I have utilized various kinds of Calculators, Math notation tools, Fathom, Geometer’s Sketchpad software, graphing tools, drawing tools which help students draw lines, shapes, angles, and other geometric topographies, Equation-solving tools, Manipulatives, and Text-to-speech. These tools are designed to help students who struggle with computing, organizing, aligning, and copying math problems down on paper. They assist the instructional process and makes math class lot more interactive, interesting and fun.

Although integrating technology gave me some major advantages in math instruction, but not without challenges. The first and foremost challenge was how to avoid student distraction. Yes, most of my students were either entirely occupied with the technology or they were getting distracted from the actual course. Further, even though students were familiar with the general use of technology, the correspondence

to a particular mathematics tool was a difficult task. Making them familiar and comfortable to use few tools consumed more time and some of them also complained that understanding the tools was a lot more difficult than the math concept. Fixing the frequent technical issues was another challenging factor and finally, Instructional Difficulties with using various tools and understanding them was the biggest challenge because it required a lot of time to update our own skills about new technology. I couldn’t agree more when Kelsey states in her blog post that “Often, educators and educational assistants are not well trained in how to utilize technologies to full capacity.   This can definitely lead to difficulties when technical issues arise and a lack of time and energy on professionals parts to try and make the tools work”.

The means of blending technology in math classrooms posed many kinds of challenges. There were times where technology posed problems, while sometimes the curriculum did not furnish much support for learning by using technology, and sometimes there were moments where we as educators faced challenges using new tools which required adequate skills. But still, I think that technology extends opportunities for fostering learning and is helpful for instruction and assessments

Finally, I think that EdTech offers an enormous advantage and I really think that it is working well in our classrooms. However, with the advantages, there are always challenges and opportunities. So, what are your thoughts on Integration of educational technology in the classroom? and what are the challenges you face and how did you encounter it?. 

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The Beginning of the Learning Journey

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Hello Everyone,

 My name is Sapna Bajantri and welcome to my blog. I am a Mathematics educator and have been teaching from the past seven years. Over the past seven years of my teaching experience, I have taught various Math courses for students from grade 12 to undergraduate. I love teaching Math and also a technology-hungry person and I love learning new platforms of teaching. Being a mathematics educator from the past seven years the first thing I notice in my students is the fear of mathematics and have always worked hard to change this perception and make Math a joyful learning experience. Aside from my profession, I am also a wife, and soon to be a mother. I and my husband are expecting our first child in February 2019. We are very excited and just cannot wait to meet the newest addition to our family!                     

This is my tenth master’s class and fifth EdTech course with Alec, and I am so excited to be part of EC&I 834. I really enjoy taking online classes with Alec which is always interactive and informative. I am even more excited because by completing this course I will be completing my masters.  During this course, I want to learn many things in regards to online and blended learning. For now, I have set three goals.

  • To gain and explore new resources and tools to build an online learning course.
  • Become more active with my twitter so that I could connect with other professionals who can provide examples and ideas.
  • To be more creative and interactive in my blogs

I am certain that these goals will change and improve over the time during the course and I am looking forward to learning with all of you over this term!

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MATHEMATICS AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

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Hello ECI833!

First of all, let me start my blog post by thanking Haiming, Channing, and, Kelsey for an exciting and informative presentation about  Assistive Technologies and tools which greatly enrich our classrooms. The interesting perspectives they shared throughout their presentation was so inspiring, and I must say that I was impressed with the whole concept of assistive technology and the fantastic way of presenting the facts. Even though Assistive technology was created to aid students with the special need but today it has gone beyond that purpose by helping even those students who require more support and assistance in carrying out a specific task. 

After the presentation, I began to reflect my own experience using Assistive technology. Assistive technology can be a massive help for students with mathematics learning problems like dyscalculia. As a mathematics educator, I have used several Assistive technology tools for math which are common in most math classrooms, like

talking calculators and graph paper. However, there are many other Assistive technology tools which can effectively enrich our teaching practice and in return help students. I couldn’t agree more with my classmate Amy.C when she states “With all the challenges teachers are facing and have many diverse needs in the classroom, we can’t imagine the class without assistive technology. But having said that as a mathematics educator, it was always essential for me to first to understand how a student struggle with math and that understanding helped me to figure out which assistive technology tools suit that particular child. 

Using technology just for the sake of using it will never serve the purpose, as an educator, I think we must first have to analyze what the situation demands and which assistive technology to use to that particular situation. In short education to educators is vital because many teachers do not have an adequate level of knowledge and skills of using assistive technology and the article “Teachers Knowledge and Use of Assistive Technology for Students with Special Educational Needs” provided by the presentation team is an excellent example, which showcases the need of assistive technology knowledge and skills among teachers.

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In my seven years of teaching experience, I have used many assistive technology tools in my classroom. I have utilized various kinds of Calculators, Math notation tools, graphing tools, drawing tools which help students draw lines, shapes, angles and other geometric topographies, Equation-solving tools, Manipulatives, and Text-to-speech. These Assistive technology tools for math are designed to help students who struggle with computing, organizing, aligning, and copying math problems down on paper. Such Assistive technology tools not only help students with special needs but also will be a boon for those students who are struggling with math and overcoming math difficulties.

Finally, as a math educator, I am curious to know which math assistive technology tools are being used in your classroom? And are they effective?

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