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Learning math in the computer age

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Learning math in the computer age

Keith Devlin explains what advancing technology has meant for teaching math in school

Mathematician Keith Devlin is the founder and executive director of Stanford’s H-STAR Institute and is also known as “The Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition. On this episode of School’s In, he explains how math has changed over the years and what the advent of computers has meant for how math should be taught.

Devlin suggests we should no longer be teaching for execution “which was absolutely important in the days when computers were people." Instead of memorization and calculation, "We should be teaching for understanding.”

Technology can also be helpful in teaching students about math, adds Devlin, who explains the differences between good and bad video game design when it comes to making sure kids actually learn. He also says that teachers are critical in helping students transfer what they learn about math in games into the classroom.

You can listen to more episodes of School’s In with Dan Schwartz and Denise Pope on SiriusXM Insight channel 121, Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud.

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