During my fall placement, I did not make much use of technology in the classroom. The most frequently used technology tools in my classroom were a document camera and projector. I taught almost all of my math lessons by writing notes on paper under the document camera and projecting it onto the whiteboard. I felt like using the document camera was an effective use of technology for several reasons. First of all, my classroom had the document camera positioned in such a way that I could be facing my students while going over lessons. This allowed me to make eye contact and project my voice toward students, which is a nice alternative to turning my back to them while writing on the whiteboard. Using the document camera instead of writing on the whiteboard also allowed me to save the notes I went over in each class so that I could easily give a copy of the notes to students who were absent. Finally, students were easily able to share and explain their work to the class by putting it under the document camera and projecting it on the whiteboard. Aside from the document camera and projector, there was very little technology used in my placement.
Part of the reason why I rarely used technology in the classroom was the lack of technology available to the students in my placement. There were no Chromebooks or laptops available for my students to use in the classroom. If I did want students to have computer access during class time, I would have needed to reserve a computer lab and wait for my students to logon to outdated, mismatched desktops. I feel like this is not an effective teaching strategy when class periods are only 50 minutes long, as too much of the period would be spent just getting students onto their computers.
In this class, I am hoping to learn more ways that I can implement technology into my math classroom. Technology can allow students to participate in guided exploration to discover mathematics on their own. It can also provide a way to share visual-learning tools with students to improve understanding. In addition to using technology in the classroom, I also hope to learn some ideas for how I can assign supplementary tasks for students to complete outside of the classroom that can make use of the technology that they have in their homes.
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