Tuesday, May 9, 2017

CLIME's New Vision

To dos
           Blog about new perspectives of technology in mathematics education e.g. Technology as a platform for learning and teaching. Technology is more than something integrated into an old style curriculum. But rather it is integral* to a modern learning curriculum that is designed for 21st century learning. What this actually looks like will be shared by the CLIME community as we investigate how to improve math learning and how technology supports that.
Make CLIME a learning, social media hub for discussing modern math learning issues with a focus on learning with math educators interested in technology as a platform for math. Further details to be determined.
Encourage young teachers (e.g. MTBoS folks) to participate in the CLIME hub and thus become a part of the NCTM network. 
Emphasize that technology helps bridge the divide between the haves and have nots. CLIME will collect stories how districts are making sure that ALL their students have access to computer devices.
Research and share promising curriculum initiatives (e.g. Interactive Mathematics Project – IMP – now distributed by It's About Time) and new resources like Desmos’ new Geometry tool. 
Share modern learning classroom models. Example: David Thornburg's From the Campfire to the Holodeck: Creating Engaging and Powerful 21st Century Learning Environments.
Suggest alternative curriculum paths for learning and teaching. The MET schools (Bigpicture.org) is an example. Here’s a sample of a student’s experience enrolled in a BP school.
Stay in touch with Matt Larson and follow NCTM president’s messages suggesting alternatives to current math education trends.
Share CLIME’s motto: Good Learning drives Good Teaching via a technological platform which means…. Using tech tools is a great movitator for learning. Teachers respond by supporting the learning through coaching and just being “a guide on the side.” Teachers provide the context as they custom tailor four areas of student engagement: curriculum, resources, environment, and assessment through the integral use of technology.
*Integrate means to combine (one thing) with another so that they become a whole; Integral makes that whole complete.