Natalie Holliman (Math Coach) opens and distributes new technology to Dunbar Middle School Math Teachers. As the only Middle School with all 6th-8th grade students using the TI-Inspire Calculators, the math department is excited to offer cutting edge & top notch technology to all of their students this year.
Research has proven “Technology can reduce the effort devoted to tedious computations and increase students’ focus on more important mathematics. Equally importantly, technology can represent maths in ways that help students understand concepts. In combination, these features can enable teachers to improve both how and what students learn” (Kaput, 2007).
Dunbar Middle School students began using this technology Mid-April of last year, but only at the 8th grade levels. The excitement among the teachers is EXPLOSIVE and trickles down to our students. Our Algebra I teacher, Mr. Cain, stated “The TI-Inspire will be very helpful for our students because they are very hands-on and this TI-Inspire graphing calculator provides that engagement beyond any other calculator on the market today. Also this technology can be a positive and effective data generating tool to assist me as a teacher with quick and reliable feedback in the classroom in the form of quick assessments.”
Dunbar Magnet Middle School is making strides each year to offer the best for students and this is one step in the right direction for meeting students where they are in their technological worlds. Natalie Holliman stated, “We can’t request the students to muffle their technology advances, we as educators have to offer opportunities to advance our technology efforts.”
Kaput, J. (2007). Technology becoming infrastructural in mathematics education. Models & Modeling as Foundations for the Future in Mathematics Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum