Math, Technology, & DifferentiationWhen you think of an airplane, you may get a particular image in your mind. However there are many different kinds of airplanes. Since the introduction of Math Blasters over 20 years ago, many teachers still associate the computer with drill and practice. However there are many ways to use technology in mathematics instruction. The key is flexible thinking. Each child learns differently. Some will be successful with manipulatives, while others find computer tools, photographs, or real-world data engaging. Let's explore three ways to think about math and technology: |
Math PracticeWith endless patience and unlimited examples, the computer is a great tool to help students practice math concepts. The key is matching the needs of the learner with meaningful resources. |
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Math ToolsFrom pebbles to the abacus, people throughout history have used tools to help with calculation. Today, many tools are available for students to help them manipulate and visualize math concepts. Provide different tools to address individual ways of thinking about calculation and mathematical representations. The Standards Site: Interactive Teaching Resources from UK has lots of great online tools to try. |
Experiment! |
Real-world Data & Creative MathCombine real objects and manipulatives with computers and digital cameras. Some students see math as endless strings of numbers. Help them see the relevance of math in everyday life. Try FlyBy Math for example of math in Air Traffic Control (Grades 5-9). Go to Math Hunt from Scholastic (Grade 5) for examples of how to integrate websites and make problems. Ask students to create their own story problems and authentic math situations. Use the resources below to get started thinking about creative math problems.
Experiment! |
Developed by Annette Lamb, 3/06. |