Electronic Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

San Antonio, Texas, March 20-23, 2014

Paper C014

This is an electronic reprint, reproduced by permission of Pearson Education Inc. Originally appeared in the Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, Copyright (C) 2015 by Pearson Education, Inc.


Improving Student Performance in Math Courses: A Practical Review of Different SMART Technologies Complete with Data and Results

Mozhgan Mirani


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ABSTRACT

As instructors, we have probably noticed that the attention span of our students is getting shorter every year. We may have looked over the notes the students are taking and realized the mistakes that they have made from copying material from the board. There are numerous video recordings of math lectures available on YouTube and other websites that students access to watch examples or lectures. Many of my students complained that those video clips were not aligned to what we were doing in class. Even a small change in method would throw the average/weaker student off track. The goal of this paper is to provide insight for instructors considering use of technology in the classroom as a method of delivering lectures. In this paper, different types of technologies used in math classrooms are compared. These technologies include the SMART pen, SMART board, and SMART monitor. A brief survey of the technologies available through the university is done. Background information, cost, simple instructions, advantages, and disadvantages are discussed and compared. Student and professor opinions of these technologies are included as well as final exam data comparing students whose professors did and did not utilize this technology.

Keyword(s): pedagogy