Current work : The Mathematical Association has been working with Steljes Ltd, the UK distributor of SMARTBoards, on a set of 18 lesson ideas and resources collected as SMART Notebook files, with pdf documentation. The first batch of 7 of these were launched on CD by Steljes at BETT 2007 but are not currently available. You can download an example file and accompanying pdf document here. We hope that shortly all these materials will be available through the SMART Technologies communities website. The MA has also worked with Steljes Training to develop a one-day professional development session on using interactive whiteboards to enhance mathematics teaching and learning. Details can be found at: Steljes CPD .
The MA and Intel worked together to design and produce free materials aimed at KS3 mathematics (teachers and learners) - these consist of a dynamic number line, and an extensive mathematical toolkit - which won the BETT 2006 KS3/4 maths software award - a video is available from Becta. These are written in flash and run in a web-browser. You can download them FREE from Skoool.co.uk via the London Grid for Learning . A new version of the Toolkit v.2 with a clearer user interface and with the facility to save your work and to load preprepared files etc. was launched at BETT 2008 and will shortly be available via the LGfL link. The LGfL also contains a virtual maths staffroom maintained by the MA.
The MA advises Teachers TV on the content of its mathematics programmes, working with the Glasshead production company. You will need to register (free) in order to be able to download any of the extensive library of programmes and resource reviews. I am also working with colleagues from the University of Chichester and the MA on the development of the BETT 2005 award winning RM MathsAlive! from KS3 to GCSE, called Discover Alive. We are also working with the 3T production company on 3 of the KS3 maths case studies as part of the DfES/Bowland initiative.
Hampshire LEA is running a project on using ICT to enable collaborative cross-curricular work in maths, science, D&T and related subjects, including Sports/PE. The project is directed by Ron Taylor, Hampshire maths inspector, and I am very glad to be supporting it. It is part of the Microsoft and TDA `Partners in Learning' programme, and is based on 5 specialist schools in the Fareham & Gosport area of Hampshire. The project has its own website where you can find out more about it. Materials and case studies developed through the project will be disseminated through the Microsoft Innovative Teachers programme. You might be interested in applying for an award under that programme.
The winner of the BETT 2007 award for secondary core subjects was Cabri 3D, with TI SmartView as the other shortlisted maths software. Becta have also made a video of Cabri 3D. You will find more information about Cabri 3D, other dynamic geometry software and TI software on other pages on this site. I have written a 10 chapter "Cordon Bleu" cookery course on using Cabri 3D for the Count On website, which is also mirrored on the MA site. So far 5 instalments have been published. The future of the Count On site is currently under discussion with the DfES and the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics - I hope there will be more news soon about how you can access the remaining instalements. The photos here are of Alison Clark-Wilson and me at the BETT 2006 awards, and of Jean-Marie Laborde - father of Cabri - relaxing at Ronnie Scott's after the BETT 2007 award.
I'm also a member of the UK steering group for the Teachers Teaching with Technology CPD programme administered by Texas Instruments. If you want support and/or training on TI hand-held technology, such as graphical calculators and data-loggers, and/or TI software then you should contact T-cubed to arrange for free on-site training. You can also borrow free of charge any of the equipment from their Workshop Loan Programme. You will also find useful materials such as a booklet and a guide to which exams permit the use of graphical calculators.
Now the inevitable plug for my current publications! The Interactive Companion to Advanced Mathematics (ICTAM) by Jean Flower, Adrian Oldknow and Linda Tetlow is published by Longman (Pearson) - see the website at ICTAM . It is a CD which comes either in a school/college licence version, or a student version. The idea is that a student taking the core AS/A2 pure units will have a teacher, a textbook and past-papers, and probably own, or have good access, to a computer and/or graphical calculator. The materials relate the core content to interesting and realistic applications, and the CD contains a wealth of pre-prepared files in Excel, Sketchpad, Cabri, TI InterActive! etc. as well as help in using graphical calculators, videos of how to use the software packages etc. There is also a self-contained java applet called Tool for Interactive Mathematics (TIM) with provides the user with their own powerful graphing tool.
Teaching Mathematics using ICT - Oldknow & Taylor, Continuum 0-8264-7059-9 is the second edition of our (very well reviewed) book - it is now available at £19.99 from Amazon with free CD-ROM - as you can see above it kept the then Secretary of State for Education, Charles Clarke, absorbed at the BETT show 2004!
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