19 Feb

Tech in Students’ Life

I’m studying Mathematics and currently a senior at Durham University. My love for Mathematics leads me to explore its relationship with Tech. I often join and win competitions that involve both fields, and hope I could inspire fellow students, to appreciate Mathematics.

This motivated me to create a blog that explains how to use Technology strategically to increase proficiency in Mathematics. According to her blog, everyone should see the importance and role of mathematics in our daily life, and how technology can help us achieve that. Both students and teachers can pick up some tips on the role of teaching and learning Mathematics.

Access to modern technologies is essential to support students’ learning and exploration of the different fields of Mathematics. Technological tools such as computer algebra systems, data collection, computations, dynamic geometry, and other computer-based applications provide students more information and interactions. This enhances problem-solving skills and reasoning, which is central to the process of understanding mathematical procedures.

However, simply having regular access to all information provided by these technologies are not enough to stimulate interest. Not all educational institutions capitalize on the availability of technological tools in learning mathematics. Imagine having the right tools that work like an advanced calculator, and simplifies complicated equations and provide definite answers, not just an approximate.

Every school’s curriculum developers and teachers should work hand in hand in creating a balanced mathematical program that takes advantage of modern technological tools to support learning. A framework that focuses on helping students develops a deeper understanding of the reasoning and mechanics of mathematics more quickly.

I suggested on my blog that mathematical programs should include installation of computer hardware in classrooms that have web-based applications equipped with mathematical software and proper training of teachers and mathematical instructors on how to effectively use the tools to guarantee its effective use.

The integration of technological tools in lessons and daily instructions enriches students’ experiences and instills an increased appreciation for the ever-changing technology and its impact on learning not only Mathematics but in solving real-world problems, in general.

Harnessing the power of modern technology and employing the right strategies in teaching mathematics, students will be less intimidated, more engaged, and enhance learning.


27 Jan

How Will Future Technologies Change The Lives of Students?

As technologies keep advancing, so does the level of education our students are facing. Books and history will forever be of use, but technology can help widen the student’s range of knowledge as well as stimulate their creativity and imagination.
Here are some of the newest innovations in technology that can help students learn more about the past and create new ideas for the future:

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality devices are available on the market now. Before, they were not many devices available because of the lack of content that was compatible with the platform. Since the technology was launched for the public, many companies have done their best to provide new and innovative ways to use virtual reality to teach people in different fields of study. Here’s how it can work for students:
They can use virtual reality to explore environments that are no longer here, such as historical places, locations where we cannot go such as the moon, and new places that are borne of the imagination of virtual reality space creators.
Students can engage in activities that are both physical and mental. Because VR allows you to move freely, it lets you play games and solve puzzles while keeping your body mobile.
Virtual reality video games can also be a learning experience for students because many games are based on history and are almost accurate in their lore. Aside from that, it keeps your imagination running with possibilities.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is not as common as virtual reality, but it has been used in popular applications such as Pokemon Go, Instagram, Snapchat, and more. The idea of augmented reality is to place digital objects into an image or line of sight that covers the real world. The concept allows you to see a rendering of an object in the real world, either through a camera or a hologram. The main goal of augmented reality is to be able to interact with digital objects. Today, they are used for simple activities, but specialists are working on more uses for the technologies.

  • Students can use augmented reality to their advantage by utilizing the technology that comes with it. At present augmented reality can be used freely using cameras on tablets and mobile phones. There are many augmented reality apps that are designed for creative use. Some games can also be used for mental stimulation.
  • Studying augmented reality is also an option. The advancements are not enough to bring us to sci-fi level usage, but many people are working on it.
  • Students can take this opportunity to join in on the journey.
    Students can also create sceneries using augmented reality. For example, they can design a room or an environment using augmented reality applications.

Maker Spaces

Maker Spaces are areas arranged in schools or libraries, where students can use tools to create and innovate new ideas. Many maker spaces include tool boxes, electronics parts, 3D printers, and other items that can be used to build inventions.
A Maker Space not only encourages students to develop new ideas. It also helps them engage with their peers and collaborate on projects.
Some of the main projects in Maker Spaces are 3D printing of students’ designs and building robotics.
The beauty of a Maker Space is that it is a teaching space as well. There is always a teacher and a collection of books for students to look at while they are doing research or working on projects as well.
Basically, a Maker Space is a technology space that can be used by students to learn, explore, and create.
By combining the knowledge we have from the past and the possibilities of the future, we can help students create a better future for us all. The generation today is meant to do great things because they are more self-aware and more curious than previous generations. Technologies will help speed their journey and the past will help them learn from mistakes.