How Best Math Teachers Use Technology To Enhance The Learning Experience

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INTRODUCTION

Technology provides dynamic opportunities for Math educators to create a learning environment relevant to their students. It helps the Maths teachers to efficiently personalize students’ learning experience and enhance their Math learning process by imparting instructions in Maths through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classrooms.

Technology empowers the students on how they learn Maths by giving them the ownership over their learning process. Technology is now an integral part of every child’s life. Usage of technology in education makes learning relevant to their digital lives. Students are therefore inspired to become problem-solvers, critical thinkers, collaborators and creators. Thus, it prepares the students for the 21st-century workforce with modern skills and competencies.

In this era of technology, a teacher’s role in using technology is essential to create a blended learning environment which helps the students to prepare themselves for the role they would play in the future. Mathematics is a complex subject. Difficulty in understanding Maths creates learning gaps which eventually results in a lack of interest for the subject. This poses a significant challenge to the teachers and educators, especially at the primary and intermediate levels.

Now, let us take a look at how Maths teachers can use technology to enhance students’ learning experience:

  • A COMPUTER IN THE CLASSROOM –

With the help of a computer in the classroom, teachers can access content related to the subject, demonstrate new lessons, and show educational videos. We can reasonably say that having a computer in the classroom is an asset for the teacher.

  • INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD –

Interactive whiteboard helps to enhance the classroom learning experience through display on the screen. Students can enjoy through visual learning. It also makes the classroom sessions interactive by making the students write, draw and manipulate images on the interactive whiteboard.

  • MULTIMEDIA –

Multimedia brings learning to life. Plain text presentation, though done through the use of technology can be tedious and disengaging for the students. Including multimedia elements for presentations and thus varying the content and making them more tangible visually, teachers can effectively retain the students’ attention. Graphs and pictographs can be depicted using multimedia in classrooms.

  • DEMONSTRATE LESSONS THROUGH MINI-VIDEOS –

Mini-videos can be used effectively to teach concepts and explain formulae in Mathematics.
The visual impact of learning through mini-video lessons has a profound impact on the students’ understanding of the topic and therefore resonate with them. Use of animated videos can impact a child’s development positively.

  • TEACHING SOFTWARE FOR MATH LEARNING –

There are many teaching software and Mathematical apps available today. Some of the are :
Web-based graphing calculator, Desmos, helps students in playing with and testing Mathematical ideas and also to share and collaborate in class.
GeoGebra is another interactive Geometry, Algebra, Statistics and Calculus application for learning and teaching Maths.
Matlab and Dynamic Geometry Tools are some of the other applications that may be used.

  • VIRTUAL MANIPULATIVES –

Technology can be used to reinforce certain Math concepts by using virtual manipulatives. An example for this is the use of virtual Geoboards to illustrate area, perimeter and rational numbers concepts. Such use of manipulatives helps students to learn abstract ideas and provide them with more tangible visualizations.

  • ONLINE ACTIVITIES –

There are always some students in the class who finish their work earlier than the others. Teachers can provide some online activities to such students who have completed their work. This gives them an engaging way to process their learning further. It is essential that such activities are aligned with what is being taught in the class, thus allowing students to delve into relevant topics.

 


CONCLUSION

Technology, today is critical to a students’ learning as it is an important part of their everyday life. This makes the use of technology indispensable in the present learning environment. It builds upon a student’s prior knowledge and skills which helps them to connect different mathematical concepts. It focuses on the students’ competence by impacting their memory, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

In today’s digital era, with the use of technology for delivering classroom lessons, a teacher’s role becomes that of a facilitator. A teacher should be competent enough to use, instruct and provide students with access to such technologies, software and internet connectivity. Thereby, the best Math teachers enhance the learning experience of students through the use of technology to support and enhance students learning experience.

  
Learn from the best math teachers and top your exams

  • Live one on one classroom and doubt clearing
  • Practice worksheets in and after class for conceptual clarity
  • Personalized curriculum to keep up with school

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