In today’s classrooms
students need many ways to learn. Most students have a very difficult     time understanding mathematical concepts. Many
students, despite a good understanding                               of mathematical
concepts, are inconsistent at computing. As students’ progress from
pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, they should become increasingly proficient in
mathematics. Proficiency should enable them to cope with the mathematical
challenges of daily life and to continue their study of mathematics in high school
and beyond (Kilpatrick, Swafford, & Bradford, 2001). With the demands of accountability
for achieving the goals, urgency exists for schools to implement math programs
designed to move students toward proficiency.

    The following math lab will provide a
strategic direction and establish specific action steps to implement
instructional technology to improve learning and teaching within the school. Before
implementation of a math lab it is important to create and communicate a technology
vision; the vision will help teachers understand how educational technology will
impact each student and why it is important to each. The first step in
successful technology integration is recognizing the change that may need to
happen inside the school. Inform teachers by developing a technology-enriched
learning environment that will enable all students to pursue their individual
curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational
goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.

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     Many teachers will be resistance to change;
therefore, it is imperative that all teachers be identified and involved in the
process. When the vision is expressed in ways that are meaningful, teachers are
more likely to share in the vision. Once teachers understand the technology
vision then implementation can start. The next step in implementing a math lab
is to identify the student target group(s) and the number of students that will
use the program. Also, identify the type of needs to be addressed. Identify the
teachers that will participate with implementation and their roles, how will
students be scheduled to share the lab, describe the operation of the learning
environment: that is, classroom, mini lab pod, resource room, etc. in which
these computer systems will reside. Create a standardized pre/post assessment
instrument identified for use in the math lab.

     The math computer lab will be implemented
for grades K-5th the primary purpose for the math lab will be to differentiated
classroom instruction on a weekly basis the labs will be an additional way for
students to learn the material. While people of all ages increasingly use
technology for routine tasks, children are among the most frequent users of
technology (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2010). Therefore, technology plays a pivotal
role in the learning progression of all students. Teachers will be informed of
the math lab for their students and the importance of utilizing the math lab during
their designated times. The math lab will focus on seven general goals for all
students: learning to compute accurately, becoming a mathematical problem
solver, learning to use technology as a tool for mathematical problem solving,
learning to communicate mathematically, learning to reason mathematically,
valuing mathematics, and becoming confident in one’s ability to do mathematics.
To achieve these goals, students will be exposed to the district’s state standards-based
curriculum.

     The curriculum will provide students with
options to master and apply their knowledge and comprehension of mathematics strategies
by encouraging the use of technology. The math lab will provide students with the
gadget for administeing concepts in a variety of contexts, thereby breaking the
artificial isolation of school subject matter from real-world situations. Technology
has changed and will continue to change that’s why it is so important to continue
to infuse technology in mathematics. The use of software technology programs in
the classroom and specifically in mathematics are designed to amplify the
students’ visual and mental capacities (Berge, O. & Slotta, J. (2007).

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