What Learning Looks Like In 2015
From blackboards to tablets, the delivery of education adapts to the expanding technological platforms and to an evolving understanding of how we learn. So what does learning look like in 2015 for Ontario students?
“For most parents, it’s been a while since they were students, and the varied technological resources now available are quite fascinating to them,” says Mandy Mabee, the manager of Homework Help at TVO.
Mandy has seen a number of exciting changes to the classroom over the course of her career in digital education. “The use of technology in the classroom can be a wonderful way of supporting a child’s learning, especially when it comes to math. While the principles of arithmetic remain unchanged, the way we teach math has evolved.”
Here are a few of the tools being used by teachers and students in Ontario’s classrooms today:
- Tablets: Schools are increasingly using tablets for learning, a relatively economical tool which, through apps, offers a range of learning experiences and engages students in novel ways. For example, games and puzzles are often used to assist with critical thinking and spatial reasoning; they can be fun ways to shed light on complex concepts.SMARTBOARDS: These interactive whiteboards use touch technology to engage students in a wide range of activities, such as interactive learning and instructional play.
- Smartboards present lessons visually, taking math off the page and adding another dimension to learning.
- Online Services: Some online services are used in the classroom and others offer supplementary learning to students outside of school. In this second category, for example, is TVO’s Homework Help, a free online math resource for students in Grades 7 to 10. Sunday through Thursday evenings, this service offers live one-on-one tutoring by Ontario-certified teachers. It also has 24/7 resources such as interactive tutorials and videos. Developed by teachers, these resources are based on classroom learning.
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