Thoughts from a reflective educator.
President Obama recently unveiled a plan to have broadband Internet access in every school across the United States by 2018. There's only one huge problem with that plan; according to the US government's own research, as of 2006, there was only one computer for every four students, and many of those computers are old.
My previous article focused on using programming as an example of applying math one already knows to a different context. The purpose of this article is to describe how one could, through programming, learn a new mathematical concept.
The purpose of this post is to show an example of using math in the context of programming. I've written the post as I created the project, to try and outline my thinking during this process as much as I can. This is an example of me applying math that I know to a different context, creating a spiral of numbers. In a future post I plan on exploring what learning new mathematics through programming could look like.
I wrote this article for our parents in our school's monthly magazine a few months ago, and realized I had not yet shared it here.
(Image credit: Will Lion)
I recently realized that I have a tonne of different math mini-applications that I've built over the years, and I will need to take the time to catalog them at some stage (note that some of these will just not run in Internet Explorer). For now, here's a list of the ones that might be useful, in no particular order:
Here are some images I'm collecting for future presentations on technology. Each of the images is intended to ask a question, and to have people reflect on their own use of technology, and our society's use of technology.
(Image credit: Andy Hooper)
I did two things I've never done before - I taught 3rd graders, and I introduced elementary school kids to programming.
Read the ISTE NETS for students with references to technology to technology stripped where possible.
1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes.
I was looking for research on whether word processors are effective when students are learning to write. So far the research is supportive, but I can't find any research done recently. I suspect there must be research that is current and supports students using word processors. Please let me know if you have any research more recent than what I have below.