Response to Technology in
Support of Middle Grades Mathematics: What
have we learned?
My initial thought was to limit the use of technology in middle grade
became really frustrated while teaching, when students could not even
add to single
digit numbers together without grabbing a calculator. How will they
without this basic knowledge? They discuss this in the article. In the
stated that “Appropriate calculators should be made available at all
times”, but when
they are not allowed to use them on statewide standardized tests
problems may surface.
The more technology courses that I take, the more relaxed I am getting
about the use of
calculators and other technology. However, as it was mentioned we must
about how early we allow the use of calculators.
Other problems with the use of technology in the classroom are the lack
teacher preparation or experience. In some schools the resources are
not available. In
other schools the technology is available for use in the classroom, but
no one has a clue
how to use it. Some evidence shows that the teachers are willing to use
if the instruction of how to use it was available.
Teaching with technology is very time consuming. It is easier to just
and eliminate altering the current style of teaching. Some teachers are
set in the style
they use to teach and feel that it is effective. They are not
necessarily willing to fix
something that they don’t think is broken. So changing the attitudes of
teachers are more
difficult than some may think.
Many agree that technology is useful in providing an effective teaching
strategy, but not
near as many are willing to make the changes necessary to incorporate
effectively into the classroom.