On May 24, 2021, STEM Education Research Center hosted a webinar on teaching mathematics and science with technology and STEAM Pedagogy.
Dr. Shesha Kanta Pangeni, Assistant Professor from Kathmandu University’s School of Education, and Mr. Binod Prasad Pant, Assistant Professor from Kathmandu University’s Department of STEAM Education, had been invited virtually to share their experiences and expertise in the field of teaching mathematics and science using technology and STEM Pedagogy. STEM faculty and M.Ed Math and Science students attended the webinar. The main goal of the webinar was to familiarize participants with the teaching and learning of STEM subjects using technology and STEAM Pedagogy. It was also intended to comprehend and share experiences, skills, and knowledge related to teaching and assessing with technology.
Dr. Shesha Kanta Pangeni emphasized the significance of being proficient in the use of various technologies in the teaching of mathematics. He expressed concern about being exposed to various technological tools and not being able to fully utilize all of the aspects and attributes of the tool in a better way. He also expressed his concern about the technology used by teachers to teach students. He stated that when selecting technology for teaching and learning, one should consider the level of the students, the teaching context, and the subject content. He recommended a few learning management systems for interactive lessons, including Moodle, Google Classroom, and Microsoft Team. He also demonstrated on different features of Microsoft white-board, Microsoft mathematics, Ink Equations, and GeoGebra.
Mr. Binod Prasad Pant shared his experiences with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) pedagogy when teaching mathematics and science. He emphasized the significance of incorporating the arts or a humanistic approach into STEM (STEM +A) education. He stated that while STEM education produces highly knowledgeable scientists, we also need arts and humanistic approaches to produce responsible and valuable citizens. He also educated the participants on the various lenses of STEAM education, the STEAM conceptual model, the STEAM pyramid, and STEAM pedagogy. In addition, he discussed STEAM project principles and presented his recently completed STEAM project.