Well, I am certainly overwhelmed and excited about all the new technologies we can use in future classrooms. We didn’t have these things when I was young growing up, and in our schools in K-12, we never had the advantages that kids have these days. With iPads and other tablet computers the kids can have all the world’s information at their fingertips, not just what’s written in a heavy textbook. Do you see that point? Indeed, I imagine technology in the classroom will change the way our children learn, and with all this new interactivity they will learn faster, and with better retention. Okay so let’s talk about this for second shall we?
You see, over the years I’ve been writing on the advances and the future of education. I’ve joined a number of discussion groups, gone to seminars, and enjoyed online education professional social media. No, I am not a teacher by trade, but I do realize that we can do better in our schools, especially since we spend more than any other nation per pupil. Even the more difficult subjects like mathematics will be easier to learn using these technologies. Perhaps like me, you have seen all the YouTube videos for the Kahn Academy online. They are free for anyone to view, and there are now over 2500 of them, mathematics videos explaining how to work complex equations, and even the basic stuff.
What if we can bring all that into the classroom under the supervision of teacher? Well, I think were about ready to do that as well, in fact, there was an interesting article in GizMag recently titled; “High-tech desks help kids do better at math,” by tech writer Ben Coxworth, posted on November 26, 2012 which stated;
“Mathematics has always been one of those subjects that poses a lot of difficulties for some young students. In the 3-year SynergyNet project conducted by Britain’s Durham University, however, it was found that something might help – multi-user multi-touch networked desks.”
This makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? Kids can work in groups, and practice doing the equations right on the tabletop. They can watch, and interact, learning all the way. The teacher can supervise, and allow the kids to work together in small groups socially on each table. This seems like a more intuitive way to learn, and it will be especially good for kids who are struggling with their math.