I am new to the area … new to my school. And I’m thoroughly surprised that there is so little technology in this school. I have one computer; one document camera; a projector; and a classroom set of calculators. I have 2 chalkboards … yes … you read that correctly … “chalk” boards! And I have one marker board!
So when I hear others talking about their one-to-one computing, their classroom use of google docs, the apps for the iPad, the electronic whiteboards … well … I can’t relate very well.
Each day I use a combination of projecting my computer, and demonstrating work on the marker board or on paper using the document camera. I find that I enjoy using multiple colors on the marker board. But notes given that way are difficult to capture. So sometimes I use my personal cellphone to capture the notes I put on the marker board and upload those to my school website.
I believe their are other tools available … I hear folks talking about various tools like student response systems and interactive wireless tablets. I just don’t see these tools at work in the Algebra 1 classrooms.
Low tech isn’t bad. It doesn’t mean my students don’t get a strong algebra program. I just feel a little behind the times – and I’m definitely a digital “immigrant!” I wonder how my digital natives would respond if we had more technology available for them.
I polled my students about watching math videos at home. I’d like to try a flipped approach to lessons. Students would watch appropriate videos in which a lesson is presented at home … then in class we would have more time for practice. My students are interested in trying this approach. If/when I set up this lesson, I’ll blog about it for sure!