However, the benefits of what technology has to offer can really help make teaching easier and successful. It just will take the time to feel confident in it. We will all have those days when technology just does not want to be reliable, so we expect the unexpected and move on with a back up plan.
Keeping students engaged with interactive math models, learning new ways of teaching a concept, and providing students with engaging mini lessons will be the benefits of learning and integrating technology to help you teach new math concepts with Eureka Math.
Smartboard with Slideshows
If you are fortunate enough to have a Smartboard in your classroom do not be afraid to learn all it has to offer. I feel most of us learn just enough to get us through our day to day, but when it comes to going above and beyond we glaze over.
The Smartboard has many features to integrate into math on its own. You can allow the students to answer examples with the interactive pens. You can clone your math manipulatives icons for students to use as counters, for place value, and for regrouping.
Your Smartboard can also be an outlet for you to display slide shows to the entire class. Using presentations like this one an do wonders for providing engagement with new math concepts. In this model, students are able to circle objects to make groups and write as the slide provides opportunities to solve for examples. The colors and models make the math concepts come alive to the students with the help of this technology.
Interactive Math Models
We rely on math manipulatives each day with our students in math. The use of interactive math manipulatives give students the same concrete mathematical experience, however us as teachers are not limited to what we have available in our classroom.
For example, free sites such as Math Playground or Toy Theater provide students with interactive activities as well as math models to use to help them to solve problems. In this site, you can direct students to examples to help support the new concept you are teaching. These activities will help support your Eureka Math teaching. It also provides students with an engaging and interactive experience.
If you have individual computers for students to use, you can provide them time to work independently. If you do not, but you have a Smartboard, you can provide students with engagement as a whole class. You can present a problem and allow students to take turns to solve the problem.
This method provides a game-like feeling for the class. The students want to be called on to give it a try. This engagement feature may be what turns on a reluctant math student to want to try something new even if it feels hard at first.
After some students have spent some time virtual, if they had experience with using Google Classroom on their own, using it in the classroom will be a great option!
You can provide students with individual assignments to complete independently while you work with small groups or to complete as independent work.
When you provide students an assignment through Google Classroom, it allows you to make the assignment tailored to each student. It also allows you to quickly check in student work instead of piles of extra worksheets.
You can assign a Google Slide you create yourself to mirror your Eureka Math lesson that day or provide a link to a website or math game you see fit for them to practice.
However you decide it is best to integrate technology into your math lessons, allow it to help you and your class. The benefits will help everyone feel more excited and create a fun math block.
- Classroom Teacher
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