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CiTi Helps Implement New Technology in Phoenix Math Classroom

The Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation’s Instructional Support Services program is collaborating with the Phoenix Central School District to pilot new technology in a math classroom at John C. Birdlebough High School.

Students in Cheryl Fassett's fundamentals of algebra class at Birdlebough High School utilize tablets to practice math skills.
Students in Cheryl Fassett’s fundamentals of algebra class at Birdlebough High School utilize tablets to practice math skills.

Implementation of a 70-inch wall-mounted television/computer in Cheryl Fassett’s math classroom provides crisp images of mathematical equations and graphs, the capability of dual-screen learning and the ability for Fassett to utilize a wireless keyboard so she can teach from anywhere in her room.

Lynn Millbyer, CiTi itinerant computer education specialist, said the goal is to get Fassett’s fundamentals of algebra, algebra II trigonometry and calculus students more engrossed in lessons to help them become more independent learners.

Students utilize Android tablets to scan QR codes to connect with lesson(s) displayed on the TV.

The potential for this technology is endless, Millbyer said, and could include software to mirror student work from the tablet.

“Kids have more ownership with what’s happening, and teachers don’t have to be in front of the class,” she said.

Phoenix Central School District Director of Technology Theodore W. Love said as the cost of large format displays decreases, the transition from SMART Boards to this new technology makes sense.

He said with the wall-mounted display there was less troubleshooting and infrastructure needed for the classroom.

This also is the beginning of looking into different types of wireless technology that would enhance instructional support.

Other initiatives the district is considering includes WiDi, the ability to connect a laptop, tablet, smart phone or other device to your television wirelessly and Miracast, which allows display of multimedia between various electronic devices.

Moving forward, Love said, exploration of such technology will enhance the district’s flipped-learning environments.

That approach involves the shift from whole-group instruction to individual learning, which frees up teachers to assist struggling students.