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Introduction to ICT for Maths Educators


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Introduction to ways how educators can benefit from ICT in maths, both for preparing lessons, teaching, collaborating and professional development. It includes words of caution on what ICT can and cannot do.

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Introduction to ICT for Maths Educators

  1. 1. A very short introduction to …all you need to know about ICT and Maths Workshop Maths and CPD for Subject Advisors Kroonstad, March 24-26, 2015
  2. 2. Content • Opportunities for ICT in maths • Word of Caution • Needs analysis
  3. 3. How can ICT support maths teaching? • Preparing lessons – Content Repositories – Lesson Plans • Tools – for sharing information – For collaboration • Reflection & Discussion among teachers – Web 2.0 • Social Media • Personal Development – E-learning
  4. 4. Google is your friend • Search options • Be critical • Look beyond 1st page of results
  5. 5. Preparing Lessons • Khan Academy – Hundreds of free instructional videos – Exercises and learning trajectories (badges)
  6. 6. Flipped Classroom • Pedagogical idea • Facilitated by tools such as Khan Academy
  7. 7. Mindset • Active teaching strategies implemented in class • South African context & curriculum
  8. 8. Teacher Education for Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) • Collaboratively developed open educational resources (OERs) • South African universities as partner organisations • South African context and curriculum • Numeracy – Investigating Number and Pattern – Exploring Shape and Space – Investigating Measurement and Data Handling
  9. 9. Teacher Education for Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA)
  10. 10. Apps for Maths • 5 Apps That Will Make Learning Fractions Easier & More Fun • 12 Of The Best Math iPad Apps Of 2012 • 99 Apps that will make Maths fun • 100 Apps that will change the world MathopolisElevated Math Motion Math Math Toolkit
  11. 11. Sharing Resources
  12. 12. Collaboration
  13. 13. Creating your personal learning network
  14. 14. Collaboration • Blogs
  15. 15. Collaboration • Wikis
  16. 16. Educational Software
  17. 17. What is your role?
  18. 18. If you are pointed in the wrong direction, technology may help you get there more quickly
  19. 19. Be aware • “Innumerable people inside and outside the education system think of technology (always meaning ICT) as something between a panacea and “the-most-important- solution.” • “At its best, the fascination with ICT as a solution distracts from the real issues. At its worst, ICT is suggested as substitute to solving the real problems, for example, “why bother about teachers, when ICT can be the teacher”.
  20. 20. Be Aware “I used to think that technology could help education. I’ve probably spearheaded giving away more computer equipment to schools than anybody else on the planet. But I’ve had to come to the inevitable conclusion that the problem is not one that technology can hope to solve. The most important thing is a person. A person who incites your curiosity and feeds your curiosity; and machines cannot do that in the same way that people can.” Steve Jobs
  21. 21. Caveats • Infrastructural challenges – Total cost of operation – Maintenance (virus scanning, back-up, file management) – Equity concerns • Pedagogical challenges – Dialogic, discovery driven process of actual learning – Teacher-centred use (replacing the lecture) • Training needs – More than one-off workshop – Observing, trying-out and feedback – Gaining confidence
  22. 22. Why be cautious? • Though children are naturally curious, they nevertheless require ongoing guidance and encouragement to persevere in the ascent. Caring supervision from human teachers, parents, and mentors is the only known way of generating motivation for the hours of a school day, to say nothing of eight to twelve school years. • No technology today or in the foreseeable future can provide the tailored attention, encouragement, inspiration, or even the occasional scolding for students that dedicated adults can, and thus, attempts to use technology as a stand-in for capable instruction are bound to fail.
  23. 23. Needs Analysis What would help you to provide more support on ICT and maths to teachers? Choose 3 1. Using Google Drive (incl. Collaborative editing, Wikis) 2. Sharing and finding information (OERs, Blogs, Twitter, TeachMeet and others) 3. Using Search & tools to find resources critically 4. Using Khan Academy & Mindset (Flipping the classroom) 5. Using ICT resources meaningfully in a lesson 6. Using software to make worksheets, manuals etc. (Geogebra) 7. E-learning & Free Open and Online courses (webinars…) 8. Google Educator Groups (GEGs) 9. Others (specify)