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Ways to use technology in math class

Here are some ways you can use technology in your math class which are more interesting and innovative than using an interactive white board or having students watch instructional videos. Note that these ideas are all examples of potential student uses of technology.

Students could:


Any other suggestions of ways students can use technology in order to improve their mathematical reasoning?

About David

David is a Formative Assessment Specialist for Mathematics at New Visions for Public Schools in NYC. He has been teaching since 2002, and has worked in Brooklyn, London, Bangkok, and Vancouver before moving back to the United States. He has his Masters degree in Educational Technology from UBC, and is the co-author of a mathematics textbook. He has been published in ISTE's Leading and Learning, Educational Technology Solutions, The Software Developers Journal, The Bangkok Post and Edutopia. He blogs with the Cooperative Catalyst, and is the Assessment group facilitator for Edutopia. He has also helped organize the first Edcamp in Canada, and TEDxKIDS@BC.


How about these?

Using, students can model using a free online graphing calculator. Not only that, but the Desmos team is incredible. (also for iPad now)

For the iPad:

Use ThingLink (Free) to embed images, text, or video onto an image to explain models

Use Aurasma to create auras that bring static text to life with videos. Great for differentiation or support

Use TouchCast to create interactive videos as part of a flipped model or just to have students demonstrate their learning

Use MyScript Calculator as a freehand calculator. At first, my kids were rough with it, but now use it all the time!

Use QR codes to "hide" content and have students discover the material. Create a QR code for just about anything.

Honestly, there are others, but you've done a solid job. Just thought I'd add a few!

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