The Math Teaching Controversy

Once again, a new app has launched that can translate a printed math problem via phone camera into a current answer. Presumably, any app should also be able to show the mechanics behind the answer.  The functionality has been around through voice. I can query my phone while cooking to find out how much a third of a sixteenth is. The response is faster than most people could find paper and pen to do the math the way they learned as a child.

My expectation is that each next wave of math students will be increasingly less interested in and motivated to ignore the technology that will continue to be increasingly wearable and dependable. It seems reasonable to think that engaging students growing up in a radically different world than their grandparents will require a different engagement model than that of their grandparents.