Professional Development Videos: Technology

These videos show various ways that technology can be used in A level Mathematics/Further Mathematics lessons. Each video is approximately five minutes in length and demonstrates a different approach to using technology.

The videos were filmed at the King Edward VI Camp Hill School, Birmingham in March 2017.

Videos



Using Graphing software 1: Multiple representations



Questions for reflection

  • What topics would you use graphing software for?
  • What are the advantages of using prepared files?
  • What questioning strategies are effective when using graphing software?

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Using Graphing software 2: Dynamic graphing



Questions for reflection

  • How does using sliders (or equivalent) enhance students' mathematical understanding?
  • What are the advantages of creating files on-the-fly?
  • What questioning strategies are effective when using graphing software?

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Using Spreadsheets



Questions for reflection

  • What are the advantages of using spreadsheet in enhancing students’ understanding?
  • How frequently do you use a numerical representation, such as a table, when discussing functions?
  • How can the use of spreadsheet formulas be used to reinforce students' algebraic skills?

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Student use of technology: graphical calculators



Questions for reflection

  • How does having a graphical calculator aid students in making the link between graphical and algebraic calculations?
  • How do you use a graphical calculator to support teaching and learning (as opposed to it just being an examination tool)?
  • What are the practical issues relating to using graphical calculators in class?

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Student use of technology: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD: tablets/phones)



Questions for reflection

  • What does it add to an activity when students can manipulate the software themselves (and not just watch the teacher do it)?
  • How does the ease of use of the app versions of Desmos/GeoGebra on smartphones compare to using them on a computer?
  • What are the practical issues with allowing students to use their own devices such as smartphones and tablets in class?

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