March is Women’s History Month with March 8th being International Women’s Day. Although society has come a long way in terms of gender equality, there is still much work to be done at home and abroad.
Technology advances at light speed. Blink, and everything you have in your home is outdated. Education, on the other hand -- well, education doesn’t quite have the same reputation. Progress is often slower than we’d like, but with more education technology trickling into classrooms every day, not even the slow crawl of education can stop technology finding ways to better our lives.
Today we thought we’d pull together a nice roundup of 5 current trends in education technology and the effect they are having on students and educators.
Have you noticed the new “A” that’s been sneaking into conversations about STEM education? In the eyes of many educators, STEM is old news. STEAM is in.
What is STEAM? Why the change? And what does this mean in actual classrooms? To answer these questions, let’s first take a quick step back to look at why STEM education became so prevalent in the first place.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have made a discovery that may seriously shape how educators approach early math. In a study published in Cognition, psychology professor Daniel Hyde tested a group of first graders’ basic intuitions about numbers.
The results of his study indicated kids who were routinely exposed to groups of items of different quantities and asked to use approximation to predict which group was bigger or smaller performed significantly better on a math test administered shortly afterwards than children who did not participate in an approximation exercise.
Puzzles, games, friendly competition, and collaboration… get your students to dive right in with these hands-on activities. It’s one of our favourite ways to engage and have fun with math!
Math is often a subject that is maligned by older grades (and adults!). In these early years, you have a great opportunity to help your students develop positive attitudes towards math. Activities like these are a great way for your students to experience math in a really fun way, where there is a low cost to failure and a really low barrier to entry.