My vision, which coincides beautifully with the direction of my school board, is to provide opportunities that are innovative and creative in order to deepen student understanding of mathematical concepts. I recognize the power of using technology to engage students – my ongoing inquiry is how to harness this engagement to enhance and deepen learning rather than simply replace paper/pencil tasks with an electronic twin. I attended a conference once where a speaker said, “A worksheet on a tablet is still a worksheet.” That really stuck with me. I have been experimenting with Explain Everything which is an interactive white board app. The beauty of this is that it allows for students to demonstrate their thinking both visually and orally.
My most recent adventure into this learning is having some grade 6 students create tutorials that their peers can access if they are absent or would like to review a math concept. This allows these students to share their thinking with a creative spin on it. It deepens their own understanding while enriching their communication skills. A huge bang for your buck indeed!
Stay tuned for a sample tutorial…..