Published By : 06 Sep 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
The use of technology in primary classrooms is increasingly becoming a concern among parents due to the amount of time children spend on gadgets at home. This has raised question if technology in classroom helps or hinders learning, and if it can be useful to teach math.
Calculators are often held responsible for the loss of computation ability among primary school children. On the contrary, research on the use of calculators has been insufficient as they are not a regular feature of primary school math lessons. Nevertheless, calculators if used in primary classrooms are to help children expand number sense, to check the correctness of mental or written computation, or to examine number patterns and relationships. Also, the use of calculators help children become flexible in their computation methodologies. Children use the opportunity to apply their knowledge of number related concepts rather than use traditional algorithm.
Australian Primary School Curriculum Mandates Use of Technology across Subjects
On the other hand, in Australia, the curriculum for primary school children emphasizes on the development of numeracy, which helps develop the ability for estimation and mental computation. The Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority has mandated the use of technology across all subject areas. The use of technology in primary mathematics classroom is not optional. Fortunately, schools are equipped with more powerful, affordable devices unlike before. The use of same devices at home facilitates to bridge the gap between mathematics at school and mathematics learning outside the classroom.
Studies on the use of digital technologies for learning mathematics suggest that the use of new technologies have brought a paradigm shift in teaching and learning, and a leap from traditional approach to a problem-solving approach.