I used to be pretty good at accounting because I was a whiz with spreadsheets and data analysis. That changed when accounting began relying heavily on technology. Well, to be honest, traditional accounting–financial analysis, auditing, and tax knowledge–might still revolve around my sweet spots, but the rest, I now hire skilled professionals.
And I’m not the only one who realizes the importance of tech skills in accounting has changed. One of our Ask a Tech Teacher members has a great article outlining the tech skills you’ll want to look at if you’re interesting in pursuing an accounting career after high school:
7 Highly Useful Tech Skills to Develop if You’re Aiming for a Career in Accounting
In the digital era, the accounting industry has tightened its embrace of technology, transforming traditional roles into tech-oriented ones. Undeniably, tech skills have become just as essential as understanding debit and credit for accountants as computers become necessary for work.
These technological competencies allow accountants to streamline their work, provide more in-depth analysis, and enhance decision-making processes. Whether you’re just stepping into the world of accounting or aspiring to advance your career, sharpening your tech skills will unlock new opportunities and make you a much sought-after professional in this industry.
Fractions are not the easiest of math concepts to learn (or teach), yet are arguably one of the most oft applied to our daily lives. Teachers have long sought intuitive methods to teach fractions that are less frustrating than worksheets and more effective than rote drills. Luckily, there are a lot of online apps on offer that are accessible to students and make learning much easier than traditional methods. The Ask a Tech Teacher crew has eight of their favorites to share today:
8 Great Websites and Apps to Help Kids With Fractions
Understanding fractions is an essential pillar of every child’s mathematical foundation. Yet, it can often be a teaching challenge due to its complex nature.
With the advent of modern technology, learning this critical skill doesn’t have to feel like a chore anymore. A wealth of educational websites and apps are now readily available that make learning fractions engaging and fun for children.
These digital tools use interactive games, dynamic visual aids, and graded tasks designed to simplify fractional concepts and enhance mastery. So let’s look at eight of the top options worth weighing up today.
Tessellations are repetitive patterns of shapes that cover a surface without overlapping. With Excel (or another spreadsheet program), you can create tessellations by arranging shapes in a grid and using formulas and formatting options to make the patterns visually appealing. Here’s a step-by-step lesson plan to use Excel or another spreadsheet program to teach tessellations:
Wondering how to get your students upbeat about learning math? Read how math teachers use modern tools, technologies, and techniques to teach the subject, from one of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors:
How To Boost Student Engagement: Modern Tools for Math Teachers
Prospective teachers researching online teaching certification and hoping to learn all they can about being a math teacher will do well to include tech tools in their quest for knowledge. Modern educational tools make it possible to add a practical edge to math lessons, as students can observe math structures at play in the real world and see how people apply these formulas to solve common challenges.
Excel makes graphs simple and easy for beginners. Even my parent helpers are amazed at how much students can do with a simple F11 shortkey and a right click. This lesson plan works just as well with Google Sheets though you may have to adapt a few of the instructions.
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Technology has been part of math education for decades, mostly as rote drills and a replacement for worksheets, often to assist in memorizing tables. But it’s grown up since those early days. Check out this article from one of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors addressing why tech+math are good partners and where that will go in the future:
The Future of Math Education: Integrating Technology in the Classroom
In today’s digital age, it is increasingly necessary to integrate technology into the classroom. This inevitable change is particularly true for math education, as interactive math lessons for kids are becoming more commonplace online. Therefore, traditional schools should change their mindsets, adopt tech and adapt it for the classroom or risk getting left behind in the race to enhance students’ math learning experience. But to encourage school administration boards to make this integration, they must first know the advantages of tech in math education.
Two math celebrations are coming up on March 14th: Pi Day and World Maths Day
Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form.
Daniel Tammet, a high-functioning autistic savant, holds the European record for reciting pi from memory to 22,514 digits in five hours and nine minutes.
This is one of the most popular lessons I teach to Excel beginners. It is relevant, instantly usable and makes sense from the beginning. Click the images below to enlarge them for viewing.[gallery columns="2" ids="45219,45218"]
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.