Draw a perfect circle. Now bisect that with a 45-degree angle, the perfect slice of geometric pizza. Now, using your drawing, find the area of the rest of the circle.
Chances are, you wouldn’t be able to give the answer at the drop of a hat ― but the students of Hodges Bend Middle School, a Verizon Innovative Learning school in Houston, Texas, can. With tablets recently integrated into their classrooms, learning can be more interactive, more fun and more concrete. We worked with Verizon to show you how the students of Hodges Bend have used their devices to take math education to the next level.
In an era of ever-evolving technological innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving and STEM skills are more important than ever. Unfortunately, many students don’t have access to the internet at home, and very little access at school, meaning they run the risk of getting left behind.
Verizon Innovative Learning is trying to remedy this problem for under-resourced schools with a three-pronged mission focused on providing free technology, internet access and hands-on learning experiences. Kimberly Bloom, who is teaching eighth-grade math at the school this year, says that the integration of devices and technology in her classroom has revolutionized the way she teaches and the way her students, 80 percent of whom are economically disadvantaged, learn.
Bloom teaches with a device in hand, which is also connected to an Apple TV so she can demonstrate concepts in real time. Bloom can be anywhere in the classroom and still instruct, and she can pull up a display showing an overview of each of the students’ screens, allowing her to keep everyone on task and spot struggling students.
“This generation is a technology-driven generation,” Bloom says. “The use of technology in a classroom gets the enthusiasm and excitement through the roof and their output seems to be well over 90 percent. With a paper and pencil task, they’re reluctant. It seems when you put technology in their hands the most reluctant students work because they’re excited to use it. We give them a stylus and they work and work.”
Additionally, Bloom says, some of the apps she uses in class have markup and illustration options that unlock students’ creativity and enthusiasm. “They’re incredible with Snapchat, so using those same type of ideas on a problem―they’re amazing at it.” —Source: Huffpost