Technology Use in the Mathematics Classroom

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Technology Use in the Mathematics Classroom

Technology is a growing field that affects every aspect of our everyday lives.

When I look at centuries past, I am amazed at the technological advances this country has

made. Just during my lifetime, computers, cell phones, digital cameras, and many other

devices have become a huge part of everyday life. Not only is technology affecting every

day life, but it is also making a huge impact on education, especially within the

mathematic field. Computer programs are being created everyday to aid in the

understanding of mathematical concepts. Calculators are replacing the pen and paper

method of tabulating answers. The question that remains is, “Are the uses of technology

helping or harming the classroom environment?” I do not have the answer to this

question but from reading the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Technology Principle and viewing the Mathematics Association of America website I can

offer personal opinions on this issue.

I agree with the Technology Principle when it states, “Technology should be used

to enhance the classroom experience but should not be a replacement for basic

understandings.” I believe that basic concepts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc.)

should be taught by hand first, and then when these concepts are used to solve higherlevel

math problems, a calculator may be used to speed the process along. If we, as a

society, become too dependent on technological devices to solve math problems, we will

be in trouble when computers crash or electricity. The basic mathematical concepts are so

important for many life activities (paying bills, balancing check books, time management,

etc.) and they should be learned without ...

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in life. Some will continue their education with college and others will go straight to

work, but either way they will need to be familiar with technology programs.

In conclusion, I agree that technology needs to be used in the math classroom, but

I strongly believe that it should not take the place of the pen and paper method. The basic

concepts should be taught by hand and then calculators and computer programs should be

brought into the classroom. The challenge as an educator is to balance the use of

technology and the use of lecture. It is also a challenge to realize that each child is

different and they all have different learning patterns, so each child deserves a fair chance

to receive the kind of learning environment they need. I think these are the challenges

that school systems and teachers will have to evaluate.
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