Algebra Digital Revolution has begun
It is time for an algebra digital revolution. Time changes everything. There is a need for a change to a policy of a ban of electronic devices from inside the classrooms. Helding (2011) states that there is a new theory of learning called “digital learning”, and it proposes that the current population consist of “digital natives” and digital immigrants.” Our current student population consists of those American citizens born into the digital age. Their early childhood has been digital with technological advancement part of their everyday lives.
Digital immigrants are the older people within the society who grew up with no computers, no cell phones, no Internet, no Xbox, etc. These people are the ruling authority figures in the public school systems that are familiar with technology, possess the technology but are resistant to change an incorporation of this technology into the classroom.
Algebra Digital Revolution - Mobile Learning
According to Helding (2011), there is an increase during the past decades and proposes that because of this, digital natives learn differently because of technology. These changes influences how one communicates and connects to the rest of society. It is a mistake to abandon and not use the primary means of communication with today’s students.
Negas and Ramos (2011) discover critical factors in the use of mobile learning by digital natives. The most important part of their discovery is the frequency of use by the digital natives. It is the primary means of communications. Digital natives do not use voice mail for instance. He or she wants the answer or the information immediately. Their research supports the idea that technology solution through mobile learning will transform the way to create, teach, and learn in the future.
Schools do not have the funds to provide calculators or computers to every student. Yet, a poll of a typical classroom at the secondary level you will find that the majority of the students have an electronic device with a calculator on it and wireless connection capability to reach the Internet. Educational leadership can no longer ignore the primary means of communication to today’s students. There must be a change to this policy that limits the liability to the district.
Helding, L. (2011). Digital natives and digital immigrants: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age. Journal of Singing, 68(2), 199-206.
Negas, M., & Ramos, P. (2011). Critical factors in the use of mobile learning by "Digital Natives" on Portuguese teaching. Proceedings of the European conference on information management & evaluation, 333-340.