I had the privilege of taking part in a workshop at Math for America teaching me the basics of how to use the Arduino, a chipset that can be programmed using a computer in order to achieve specific, small goals. In the case of this photo, I have made a program that fades in and out six LED lights in quick succession. It took me about an hour and a half to build up to this point and once I had achieved it I felt a strong sense of success. Our trainer, another MfA teacher, says he uses these devices to help teach about circuitry in his physics class. I am wondering if and how I can incorporate any of this into an Algebra class. To be determined.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!