Removing a few Barriers to a Math Tech Connection
There are several "perceived" barriers about how students learn math. With a little nudging we can remove those barriers and provide increased opportunities so that learners of any age can use technology to succeed with math!
Here's an idea: When we use what we have to increase our knowledge, the transition to success is much simpler. ~LaToniya A. Jones, Founder
So, consider the following tips to "get started" to move up to the next level... or give someone else a boost.
LIMITED INTERNET AND TECH TOOL ACCESS? Not a Problem!
Home Use - If you share a computer with several family members, schedule time for browsing and completing specific tasks. Make sure that you are aware of the standard programs on your computer and how they can help you with math.
If you have a computer but do not have internet access you can still create documents that present information in an orderly manner. Did you know that you can also complete math assignments quickly with word processing documents and spreadsheets? Click the Microsoft Office Word help button for available tutorials on your operating system.
At least one calculator is a must in every home. If you do not have a handheld calculator, check the accessories folder in the programs menu to access the calculator on your computer. The calculator on computers have basic functions, a help menu to learn new functions, and can be moved around as you complete tasks on or off the computer screen. You can also find cool interactive basic and graphing calculators on the internet for conversions and graphing.
Community Use (Public/Private) - If you do not have access to the internet at home, consider using a computer station in a library, school, or at a family member's home.
- Memberships and photo ids are usually needed in public facilities.
- Time may be limited to a few hours in the public facilities. Call ahead for expectation s and requirements.
- Be polite and request a specific amount of time to use your family member's computer.
- Bring everything that you may need to complete the task along with you (paper, pencil, calculator, textbook, money for printing copies, storage device, etc.).
INTERESTING vs. OVERWHELMING?
The lack of interest associated with using the internet, technology, or math related resources is usually a result of being overwhelmed and not understanding where to get started or whether it is safe to use a site or resource. Even more classrooms are enhancing learning with technology integration. It's a natural fit for families to do the same.
- Create a To Do List - Lists help with organization. Prior to getting started on the internet, using a math/tech tool, or completing a math related task.
- Plan the task and set times - Time management is key to maximizing your opportunities. It is easy to get distracted on the internet because of the vast amount of resources available. Prior to starting the task, make sure that you understand how to use the calculator (or other tech tool) and have the manual handy if you are not familiar or learning a new skill that may require the use of a new function.
- Properly Store Resources for Future Access, Quickly - When accessing the internet, take notes on paper or send documents and links to an email account to review later. You can set up an account at no-cost on either Google Mail or Yahoo Mail . Remember to check the account as frequently as possible. If you visit a site that peeks your interest, sign up for their updates via newsletter to save time. If using a home computer, consider using the Bookmarks tab on your toolbar to store sites or links you want to return to. Use Google Bookmarks if you have a Gmail account to access links from any computer.
Collaborate in real-time (at the same time) on a project via the internet. Cooperative group assignments such as take home tests, charts, projects, presentations, and peer reviews can be completed quickly and together during out-of-school hours. Surveys can be created and analyzed quickly for individual or group projects.
Other... depends on your quest for knowledge. Go ahead, explore. Share your findings with us. Results will vary. Stay tuned.
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