In the advent of internet, more and more students are getting online. Though, studies tackle the effectiveness of learning with technology from both sides. There is one thing for sure, it has opened alternative, yet exciting ways of implementing the curriculum of the 21st century education. Nowadays, there are so many things educators and students can do with digital technology. One could advance their own mathematical understanding, improve their critical thinking skills, practice their problem solving skills, and above all develop their digital literacy skills. Having digital tools such as smartphones, laptops and the like put some learners at a greater advantage, but only if these tools are just used properly and productively. For example, a study on the use of Geometers Sketchpad shows significant boost on students’ mathematics test scores in Geometry (Myers, 2009). However, this is not always the case. Some studies show no link between technology and achievement, but a positive relationship between technology use and discipline (Garthwait, 2007). In order for the technology to have positive impact, technology integration must have a purpose. (Cramer and Smith, 2002).
So why “Math Log”?
Merriam-Webster dictionary defined the word “log” as a record of performance, events, or day-to-day activities. In Mathematics, the word “log” can be associated with the concept of common logarithm – a logarithm to the base of 10. As we know, logarithmic function is the inverse of exponential function. My students define an inverse function as something that reverses another function. From these definitions, “Math Log” can be thought of as an electronic portfolio that compiles important lessons discussed in my classes. As we progress to the new lessons, some students have the general tendency to forget. Hence, “Math Log” provides them the avenue to return to the steps on learning the important lessons before joining the rest in the boat. As they say, the more you build your foundation, the stronger you are in the next chapter.
The future of Math Log
Math Log serves to be the official eClassroom dedicated for the math classes of Fernan Salibongcogon, a licensed professional teacher working with B.R.I.G.H.T. Academy. To maximize its potentials in the niche of educational blogs, the site will develop to include more resource materials such as modules, worksheet, and practice activities in line to the Philippines’ K to 12 Curriculum Guide for Mathematics. The site can also be used to be an alternative assessment tool for math learners. Hence, I devote this work to all my former tutees, students, and colleagues. They have been my inspiration in initiating this work.