Tablets useful in math classes


Some teachers in the math department have integrated the use of tablets into their everyday curriculum. But how are they doing this tomfoolery? Tablets being used in classes with an actual purpose!?

The math department is using this new tool called “Microsoft One Note” which is a program that allows students to take notes on the power points that the teachers upload on the Portal.

During class the students can pull out their trusty stylus and work while the teacher lectures. This allows students to take effective notes while on their tablets.

Students, with the use of this application, will be able to jot down whatever thoughts that pop into their inquisitive minds. Anything from important equations to a classic STH rocket ship, the One Note can do it all.

There are currently three math teachers that have started to use the One Note program in their lectures: Roland Melchor, Beth Breuer, and Jennifer Pearson. Algebra I and geometry teacher Roland Melchor is pleased with the implementation of the One Note and its impact on his students.

“They [students] are more engaged and excited rather than just taking notes by pencil. It is so rich, they can add their own text, drawings, and import other documents, I think it is a good use of technology for them.”

-Roland Melchor, Algebra I and Geometry teacher

Melchor has noticed a nice spark in productivity when it comes to the use of tablets. But when it comes to spreading to other math classes and even to other departments, Melchor believes that it will ultimately be up to the students to push for use of One Note. Since One Note has only been in effect this school year, there is no numerical evidence to support that class productivity has increased or that grades have improved, but so far, teachers enjoy it, and so do the students.

Hopefully, the One Note can spread to other departments and become a staple note taking process that will live on for generations to come. This is an important and almost expected step for tablet use in the learning facilities and even if it is in only math classes today, it is a sign to come of the eventual progress towards technological relevance at St. Thomas.

Will, or as most people refer to him as "that kid who drives the Prius." Once in the second grade, Will wrote to the Houston Zoo about the Okapi exhibit to complain how the tree stump in the middle of the exhibit was disrupting the Okapi's daily life. Needless to say, the zookeeper had no idea what Will was talking about.