Back in High School, I remember buying a $130 TI-89 calculator to solve my tricky Algebra problems, and I constantly forget to bring it with to class with me. When I found that the class required strenuous computed work, I was faced with making a hard decision; whether or not to use my iPhone as a calculator. On my iPhone, there is an application that performed the same functions as a graphing calculator with a nicer interface. My teacher at the time was a very sweet elderly woman who liked to handle Math the old school way, breaking down the logic in sections and adding jingles to expressions as pneumonic devices, so when the cell phone and lap top came around she found it threatening to her lessons. You can’t blame her, I know many people would take advantage of this opportunity and abuse the privilege of a cell phone, but how are we as future teachers going to change that behavior? In an article by Cindy Matthews on Snow.ocad.ca, she suggests a new format to the classroom experience. Imagine couches instead of desks. iPads, iPhones and laptops instead of paper, that students could use to respond in real-time to questions proposed by the teacher through their own device. The classroom would all be connected without the threat of destroying the true definition of education, but rather redefining it. The modern school system is falling apart, and responsibly inviting technology into the classroom can greatly benefit student learning.
Changing into a Digital-Friendly Classroom October 8, 2012