Sorry about the late post. It was a little hard for me to find a colleague to interview as I don’t currently work in a school nor with teachers who teach Math, Science or at all, and those I knew who did so aren’t in Canada. But I did manage to get some perspectives from tutors I work with on weekends.
I looked at asking them what they thought about using technologies in Math and Science classrooms, for teaching, for pedagogies, and difficulties.
Interviewee Sam, is a Secondary school teacher, who teaches full time at an International School. She teaches International Students from all over the world English, Math, Science, and Psychology. Below is a short abstract of her answers for each of the concepts I focused on.
- Do you use technology in your Math and Science classes?
- How do you implement or integrate technology into your classroom?
- What are some new technologies that you would like to start using in your science and math classroom?
Sam found that she used technology in Science class more than she would in Math. She uses technologies like Powerpoint, Videos, Digital Documents, Cameras, and overhead projectors in her classrooms. Very simple and easy to use technologies to simplify uses. However, if given a chance she wouldn’t mind trying any program that would help her demonstrate concepts, for example, the Smartboard.
- Do you think that the students do better with the technologies integrated into your lessons?
Sam agrees that technologies do help with learning. It gives the teacher a chance to try different teaching pedagogies and allows her to help students learning in various methods.
- Does your administration support technology integration in your school? Do you feel you need to be an expert to integrate technology into the classroom?
- What are your biggest concerns when using technologies in the classroom to teach Math or Science?
Tech Support is important and crucial to the success of the implementation into classrooms. However, to Sam, though she knows that her school supports the use of technologies, she often thinks it’s a bit over her head. Her greatest concern is her lack of knowledge of the technology and feels that only experts can integrate technologies into the classroom.