With the hopes of becoming a 21st century teacher, this study focused on using technology in order to improve students’ math performance. More specifically - how can technology be used to personalize the learning experience for each student? How can specific apps target the math needs for individualized learning?
After researching - it was time to make changes in my own classroom. Below, you will find videos of student in my classroom after technology math rotations were just implemented. Even with a limited number of iPads (and a not so limited number of students), my kiddos are able to share, take turns, and are engaged even when it is not their turn.
What Does it Look Like in the Classroom?
I split my 31 kids into 3 groups of about 10. In addition, each student has a math partner that they must check in with during the math rotations. Rotations were 15 minutes at each station, followed by about 5 minutes to transition. While it did not take them this long to move to the next station, I loved having a bit of wiggle room in case my teach lesson went a little bit over. My centers were as follows:
1. TEACH: I take the group to the rug, and we sit in a circle. I teach the math in a 15 minute mini-lesson format.
2. ACTIVITY: This usually involves technology - apps on the iPad, an assignment/video on Google Classroom, etc.
3. WORKBOOK: Students complete a workbook page from the lesson I taught the day before. Students go from this center to TEACH, so first thing I do is check in their workbooks....it helps me to see who was on-task during WORKBOOK time.