ARE THERE ANY TOOLS OR APPLICATION SUITABLE FOR QUICK AND CORRECT CALCULATION OF SPECIFIC MATHEMATICAL PROBLEMS TO SUPPORT REMOTE LEARNING DURING LOCKDOWN?
University of Zilina (SLOVAKIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 13th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-6 July, 2021
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:During the lockdown, remote learning caught up with many educators, teachers or lecturers. Many were unprepared for such a situation occurrence. Many study subjects that were focused on complex calculations, in order to identify each step of this calculation, had to be converted into digitized form, what takes a lot of time to create such version. Problematic seems to be not only mathematical subjects, but also subjects with the need to acquire practical skills in different study fields, e.g. in the field of medicine, chemistry, electrical engineering, and many more. Many of these educators, if they were allowed to do so, reached for alternative platforms, through which, students could at least see how the activity (depends on subject) was done, how something was created or removed and so on. The article is focused on the analysis of applications for creating study materials, to make them available, as well as supplementary materials (such as exercise books) during remote learning. Furthermore, the article is tool-oriented, whether the tool is available online or is available as a program (in free version). The article provides an overview of available applications and tools for mathematical subjects and only for selected specific mathematical operations. Then, in article is stated comparison of the quality and speed of use in practice of those applications. The article presents an experiment, which determines the time required to write the selected formulas in selected forms: in MS Word, on paper as a replacement for writing on the whiteboard, MS Excel and the selected online applications. These are further compared in terms of displaying the solution (in all its steps) and its accuracy. Furthermore, these solutions are evaluated in terms of simplicity of presentation of these forms using MS Teams. The conclusion deals with the most suitable application to use for solving individual types of mathematical operations during seminaries for saving time of writing down whole formulas and each step, but using this saved time to explain those steps instead.
Keywords: Tools, online tools, platforms, experiment.