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How can new tech ideas be integrated into the classroom?

I plan the teach mathematics and would love great tech ideas that would assist my students in learning this subject matter! #teacher #professor #tech

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Cody’s Answer

If you are teaching high school classes like Statistics or Calculus, there is a nice programming language called python which you can use to solve problems and create beautiful interactive graphs. I know I was always a visual learner, and although I didn't find these tools until college I think it would be helpful to say, take a function, graph it, find the derivative and such, and then play with the function and see how it changes.


Of course this would require some basic python introduction which you might not have time to squeeze into your curriculum.


If you're interested though you could always do it in front of the class, and then play with the graphs together.


Checkout code academy's (https://www.codecademy.com/) python tutorial to start, and then start playing around with a graphing library like plotly (https://plot.ly/python/).


In addition I think it's great to introduce students to this early. At work now I use python instead of excel to create graphs and analyze data.


Just thought I'd put this idea out there in addition to all the great math education software and ideas that were mentioned by Raman.


Feel free to contact me if you want more info,


Cheers,
Cody

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Learning mathematics can be boring task and thus below are some of the methods the can make use of technology and different methodologies below to get your students engaged;
Taxing Brain Teasers
"Send fun weekly extensions of the math curriculum via text message to students! A book we have used for this is Stretch, Bend, and Boggle, by Brian Stokes. For example, a problem might be, 'Can you find a four-figure number that is reversed when multiplied by 9?' When my sister and I were home schooled, my mom used to email us both something like this every week. She used to send it on a Monday, and we had to send it back to her by Friday."
Disposable fun
"An idea for teaching kids about angles in math class is having a scavenger hunt and giving them a disposable camera so they can take pictures of different angles."
All on Board for Math
"With interactive whiteboards, you can teach a class of second graders their multiplication tables in a fun, easy way. You'll need an interactive whiteboard and Notebook software. Go to a blank page, paste in a red circle, and clone it at least 50 times. Call up children to group together the circles to show a multiplication problem.
For example, give a problem such as 2 x 2 = x, then let the kids group the circles into two groups of two. Or, for 7 x 5, they can do either five groups of seven circles or seven groups of five circles. This can help kids get more interested in math, and it can make it more fun for them because they are able to interact with their math problems.
I recall kids in my second-grade class saying that it wasn't so much fun going over their times tables every day, all week. When kids get to group circles on an interactive whiteboard, they see it not as learning a new math technique but, rather, as a game."
Counting on Lego
"I think teachers could use such video games as Lego Batman. In the game, you collect little Lego pieces in order to gain points. You can use it to teach algebra. Let's say you collect ten billion pieces. Then you can ask, 'What's the scientific notation for this number?' Or you could ask, 'How many pieces are there in a level if there are 100 pieces in a round and there are 10 rounds?'"
All the Angles
"Math teachers can have students go out and film a video on angles in the real world. You can have them record the different angles and do a little report afterward. Students can even do this if their cell phones have little cameras. If not enough students have camera phones, you could have groups put together a video and make sure that there's one phone with a camera for each group."
Don't Be Left Clueless
"For math, I would use a Voki to explain the problems to my class. For example, if I wanted them to guess a number I was thinking of, my Voki would give clues such as 'I am a multiple of three. I am an even number, and my ones place times two equals my tens place. Who am I?'
It would be fun for them to actually get on a computer to do math. It is easier, too, I think. If they want to hear it again, then they can just replay it."
A Voki is a mini-avatar users can create online for free. They can embed their Voki into Web pages or blogs, and write or record the text it speaks. (For a quick look at Vokis in education, go to Sue Waters's blog.)
In Lisa Parisi and Christine Southard's fifth-grade class, students use Vokis as a part of the Time Zone Experiences Wiki as well as with other blog and wiki-based projects to showcase their knowledge about the various topics they are studying.
Blast Off!
"A type of technology that helps with math skills is a computer game called Math Blaster. In this game, you have to solve math problems, and the more answers you get right, the more points you get for your rocket to fly. It's my favorite educational game!"

Thank you comment icon Hi Raman. Could you please include a source on this info? Either a link to the website you got this from or a brief explanation of how you learned this information. Citing a source will help this student, Alleson and others reading your answer investigate further into the relationship tech has with mathematics. On behalf of the young people benefiting from your answer and the entire CareerVillage community thank you for answering this question!-Ben Landis Ben Landis COACH
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