Recently education has been seeing major changes as technological advances are happening in our world. Math education is, of course, impacted by these changes. Almost gone are the days of traditional lecturing, class exercises, and homework assignments using a chalk board, pencil, and paper. Many schools are integrating iPad programs, using flipped classroom methods, offering online course, etc. Of course these are your more affluent schools but it puts pressure on other schools to do the same so their students can be competitive in the workforce. Where does this leave me, the traditional math educator?
One of two things will eventually happen. 1) I will assimilate or 2) I will leave the industry. Although my heart is in math education, I haven’t fully embraced the technological advances happening around math education (iPad programs, apps, flipped classrooms, MOOC, etc.). I have had experience with most of these new methods of teaching, but it has been an adjustment. My students have also had to adjust to the changes. Many of them do not like it, but it’s the new direction of math education.
So I am writing this blog because it may be my last on this site. Although I will always have my hand in math education, I’m not sure the direction I will take as we progress as a world. Change is difficult, but should be embraced. I am working on embracing this change!