27th September 2015 | Colin Hegarty
Edtech and the role of technology in education
Hanging on my “wall of inspiration” in my maths classroom is Nelson Mandela’s famous quote on education. Given that modern technology has, without question, revolutionised the way we do almost everything in our lives, it is a reasonable question to ask, whether using technology effectively could help improve education and, as such, in Mandela’s words change the world. Read around the subject of the use of technology in education, aka, edtech and you will find as many studies and people saying edtech is the solution to all education’s problems and just as many others stating how ineffective it is and, in some cases detrimental to learning. The answer I believe, as with most things, lies in the shades of grey between the two viewpoints. With careful application, thought and obsessive focus on the science teaching and learning, I believe technology has the power to make a meaningful difference in education but blanket application of “tech” to “ed” without thought and we should prepare to make some edtech companies very rich and leave our children no better off whatsoever.
05th May 2014 | Colin Hegarty
Mark Twain once wrote:
I’ve always read that quote and was troubled by the ignorance part, which I, being a firm advocate in meritocracy with all things in life, like to believe is not the case. But in so far as applying this quote to success for a pupil in school maths I would alter the ignorance part and keep the second part to it to say
“To succeed in school maths, you need two things: knowledge and confidence”
Our role as maths subject teachers is to facilitate both an increase in maths knowledge and maths confidence, as for me the two are intrinsically linked. There can be a vicious, hard-to-break down cycle for many pupils that can go something like this...
17th January 2014 | Colin Hegarty
This is my first ever blog post so be gentle…
As a full time maths teacher working with pupils from 11 – 18 years old, one consistent issue seems to arise no matter whether I am working with the new little year 7s trying to get their head around secondary school maths or the year 13s wanting to get into university – subtraction problems.