Using a 3D printer, students are reimagining mathematics, with teachers using technological tools to bring abstract and often difficult concepts to life.
Once upon a time IT and mathematics were two distinct subjects, nowadays they are very much entwined, according to Mr Dares.
He said a group of students could now watch first-hand how a parabola intersects with a sphere, and have the shapes printed out using a 3D printer, bringing the theory to life.
“Making the students see what that concept means, being able to touch it was life-changing for them,” he said.
It was at this moment that sparked a desire in him to further explore how other technologies could produce the same impact in learning.
He discovered that increasing and integrating the use of mobile devices at schools could engage students at a deeper level with what they were learning.
“Imagine what that could mean for our students,” the IT Director at San Roberto International said.
It could mean a lot. Mr Dares believes various forms of education technology can help bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing students more powerful, personalised learning experiences. Mobile devices, when used judiciously as a tool, is one such modality that is successfully delivering on this and the impact on learning is tremendous.
Recently Apple’s Education executive Jon Landis told EdScoop mobile application-based learning was the new “knowledge economy”. He added that pedagogy or teaching practices must evolve to accommodate this development.