Edutopia - Comments for Blended Learning Energizes High School Math Students (Tech2Learn Series)
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enKhan Academy exercises are
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<div class="field field-name-comment-body field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><p>Khan Academy exercises are based on repeating a procedural process over and over again to gain mastery. If you don't understand the problem or make a mistake one can access a text explanation which is not student friendly. It's more of written textbook step by step solution explication. From my limited investigation of the website, one can also play videos which are mini-lessons with text and voice over verbalization of the process. What purpose does this website serve? One could argue it is a useful supplementary resource. I liken it to playing exercises on the piano thereby strengthening my fingers and increasing my manual dexterity. Playing all the scales and familiarizing myself with key notation and some basic sight reading skills. At the end of the day, where's the music? Be it interpretation of a written piece or better yet improvisation, how am I as a student of music using my developed skill sets and understanding of the language of music to play music--a real world exercise. I believe the same question can be asked here. Where's the problem solving within the context of the real world? Where's the creativity? Where's the investigation and discovery? Where's the frustration and excitement which comes with the learning process? How is one developing as a better practitioner of mathematics? In light of the common core present day assessments, basic procedural execution won't cut it. Common core is geared toward the "proficient" math student. How many of those students are out there? Maybe about as many as can play one of the more challenging etudes by Chopin.</p>
</div>Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:31:03 +0000Michael Metcalf - 651891comment 51606 at http://www.edutopia.org