Manipulatives ----> technology .... tools we need to think about :)
Submitted by S Jones on April 25, 2018 - 9:33am
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David Wees brings up a 1992 article about manipulatives and notes parallels in the way people marveled at these new educational tools ... and judged whether a classroom/teacher was doing a good job by... whether they were being used or not, rather than whether students were learning from them.
He noted that consistently, students do not "see" the same mathematical ideas that adults (esp. math teacher types) do, and suggests we ask these questions:
- Does using this technology help my students learn mathematics that they can use without the use of this technology?
- How will someone who does not yet know the mathematics embedded within this technological tool see the mathematics?
- Does this technology focus solely on the acquisition of a limited set of mathematical knowledge or is it possible for students to use deliberate practice to identify patterns across different problems and acquire new mathematical ideas?
- Does this technology make it harder for my students to interact with each other and with me?
- How will I learn how my students understand the mathematical ideas that are the focus of this lesson?
- Who is the audience of this technology?
- Does this technology exacerbate existing inequities in mathematics education?