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They’ve been a staple of the classroom for generations now but Casio calculators are far from stuck in the past. Here, Gerard Dummett, UK Education Manager at Casio, explains to QA Eduction editor Victoria Galligan how Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is helping Casio to bring education into the 21st Century…
• Tell us about Casio products in the classroom – what are your biggest sellers? How do your products enhance learning?
Our scientific and graphic calculators play a useful role in schools around the world. Selling scientific and graphic calculators isn’t our only goal. We want to improve mathematical education, so actively support both teachers and students to better enable them. In fact, we have training systems and a raft of online materials. We also offer “Skill Up” seminars every six months where we invite our coordinators and collaborative teachers of major countries to discuss how to improve mathematics using scientific calculators.
• What will the partnership between Casio and Gemalto bring to the classroom?
Our partnership with Gemalto means that we can help digitally transform the classroom faster by delivering new upgrades as and when they are needed. What’s more, the software we use is designed to help teachers demonstrate learning on a calculator equipped with a data projector, monitor or interactive whiteboard. Teachers can use the software to create their teaching material by using the "screen capture" and "key logging" capability of the software. It’s enabling better and more efficient learning.
• How is digital transformation affecting schools and where will it lead in the future?
Technology is transforming every industry and education is not being left behind. In the UK, A/AS level students have started to use graphic calculators which cover a much wider range of maths subjects than traditional scientific calculators, helping them move from paper to digital representations.
What’s more, problem-solving skills are among the most vital skills for children in the 21st century, so using technology to help cultivate that this is critical to development. It enables students to analyse real-life data (which are sometimes huge and complex), and to identify problems much more quickly. More concretely, using a calculator in the classroom simplifies algorithmic processes and focuses attention on exploration, manipulation, contrast and interpretation of results.
In some countries, and schools, students have started to use a PC or tablet in the classroom and use calculator software for learning mathematics. We now offer software as both "calculator simulators for teachers" and "educational tools for students". By offering both types of software, we hope to contribute continuously to better mathematical education using our technology.
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