We often wonder what will be the effect of using digital technology while teaching mathematics in school. Does the technology will help children get the answers more accurately and quickly or will it be an improvement of the way we learn mathematics. Below we have mentioned some ways how technology will support the effective teaching of maths subject.
We have seen from the introduction of a simple calculator to as far as sophisticated software to solve complex mathematical concepts. Students often practice questions and answers from various study materials especially when it comes to maths which comprises of neatly designed questions of various chapters such as areas, probability, trigonometry and many more for increasing analytical thinking in students. It is found that the use of calculators may have some effect on the student’s operational, conceptual, computational and problem-solving skills. These will have a positive effect on the extraction of mathematical knowledge at school.
For students, mathematical knowledge is not at all fixed but its fluid which means it is constantly created as students interact with ideas, people and the environment. With the help of technology, students can make predictions and test the extent of the process of generating mathematical knowledge that is useful for them.
As we are aware that learning maths is as much as about doing as it is about knowing. We learn the relation between “knowing” and “doing” part in the classroom. Technology can change the nature of school maths by engaging students in more active mathematical practices such as investigating, experimenting and problem-solving.
Learning ecology is the relationship between a student, teacher and mathematical knowledge. Introducing technology will lend a helping hand to the emergence of mathematical knowledge and practices by transforming the ecology into students, teacher, task and technology. In the case of students, solving problems from chapters which consist of a graphical representation of data such as the area of a triangle and many figures will provide access to new ways of approaching a problem, develop an understanding and explore different perspectives.
Technology will make a positive impact on the tasks assigned to students by teachers such as using technology to enhance speed, accuracy, and access to the representation of a variety of mathematical models. Using technology will improve the display of mathematical solution process and encourage collaboration among students.
These were the few methods of how technology can impact students’ learning and social interactions when they are engaged in mathematical tasks. For an effective learning process, students can check out how the important concepts are explained in videos on BYJU’S by subscribing to its YouTube channel.