The integration of technology into the curriculum for many seasoned educators can become a point of frustration; ‘What to teach?’, ‘How to teach it?’, ‘Why should I teach it? – I do Maths’. Though no one can deny the pace of technological change is at times frustrating to keep up with, I’m always amazed with how many people seem to be like a bug attracted to the car headlight on the freeway. Eventually, you will be smacked right in the face with it – whether it be in your personal or professional lives.
Technological advancement, and the use of Web 2.0 tools has seen an access to information previously not heard of. The personalisation of curriculum and teaching to a point of need has made the constructivist approach to teaching much more meaningful for both students and educators to employ. And YES I did say students. Stephen Downes in his column titled “A World of Change”, discusses need to embrace Web 2.0 technologies as Personalised Interactive Learning Environments by both teachers and students.
Whilst reading another of my collegues blogs some time ago, I came across the Khan Academy and I was not only excited by the prospect of this in the realm of education, but it also became an eye-opener into how I can utilise this within the classroom to help my students, and to differentiate the curriculum. I can suppose that for most of us having 30 groups of activities on Mathematics going in the classroom, at the same time, can be a little bewildering and extremely disempowering. Yet, watch the below clip and tell me it’s not possible with the right resources and management strategies…..