The AMTE Technology Committee is proud to announce the creation of the Tech Talk blog. In the Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics, AMTE highlights the important role of technology in mathematics teaching and learning. In particular, the Standards call for teachers’ proficiency with “with tools and technology designed to support mathematical reasoning and sense making, both in doing mathematics themselves and in supporting student learning of mathematics” (AMTE, 2017, p.11). The purpose of the blog is to provide a space for us, the members of AMTE, to share our success stories of technology integration in a variety of environments to see how the different tools are being used and the positive outcomes that resulted in our work with pre-service and in-service teachers. The content of the blog posts may include descriptions and uses of various mathematical technologies, tools that allow teachers to communicate and reflect on their work, social media spaces in which teachers and teacher educators discuss their work, and engaging technology-based activities that we have used with pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers, to name a few.
The first two blog posts are authored by Steve Rhine and Rob Wieman and provide examples of the ways AMTE members are engaging students and teachers in using technology. Steve introduces us to various apps for tablets and smart phones that teachers can use to develop students’ algebraic thinking. Rob shares how he and his colleagues use LessonSketch in their work with pre-service and in-service teachers.
If you are using technology in engaging ways with teachers and students, we encourage you to write a description of the technology and how you are using it and submit your idea using the form on the Tech Talk blog on the AMTE webpage. Blog post entries can be no longer than 1000 words and are edited by members of the AMTE Technology Committee, if needed. Please submit all inquiries and questions to Ryan Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org.