"The Times They Are a-Changin" and never more so than now in math class. After struggling futilely for generations to instruct all math students in a classroom at the same rate, today’s math instructors have a viable, technology-aided alternative, blended learning. Blended learning, according to our ubiquitous friends at Wikipedia "is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace."
At Purcell Marion High School near Cincinnati, blended-learning math classes begin with a traditional teacher-to-pupil instruction period followed by individual students picking up their computers and advancing at their own rate. Both teachers and students at Purcell Marion are pleased with the results.
This is yet another example of technology making a difference in math class. Imagine yourself a math teacher trying to teach Algebra to twenty or more students at different learning levels and speeds without the help of digital technology. Imagine monitoring each of these students at several points in a classroom hour, testing them, correcting their mistakes and documenting what you were doing all the while. An impossible task for anyone but a robot.
And speaking of robots, we here at RobotsLAB believe our RobotsLAB BOX and its attendant robots is a great addition to a blended learning classes. Blended learning combined with robots provides teachers with the information and time they need to make quality assessments.