ICT & Maths Update

The DfES strategy for ICT in Schools now has the name “Embedding ICT@Secondary”.  Last Autumn the DfES held a number of road-shows on ICT in subjects.  The mathematics show was at the Think Tank in Birmingham on 23rd November, and was organised in collaboration with the Mathematical Association. 


At the BETT show in London in January 2005 the DfES launched a number of subject packs.  The maths pack is called: “Embedding ICT @ Secondary Key Stage 3 Mathematics” and has the reference number DfES/0806/2004.  You can obtain it free from 0845 60 222 60 (tel) or 0845 60 333 60 (fax) or www.publications.teachernet.gov.uk (online) or dfes@prolog.uk.com (e-mail).   As well as a DVD with 6 case studies and associated lesson plans, there is a new booklet on using Interactive WhiteBoards in secondary mathematics, and the maths booklet and CD from the KS3 ICT Across the Curriculum (ICTAC) pack, which draws on exemplar lesson materials originating from a group drawn from ATM, MA and NAMA : http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/keystage3/respub/ictac .


A number of other resources have been produced through the MA for the DfES to be made available freely to school.  These include free software from Intel available from http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/index.aspx .  There are other free lesson resources, including a library of pictures from Richard Philips, similar to those in his Problem Pictures collection: http://www.problempictures.co.uk/ (which can be bought with e-Learning credits).  These should be soon available from Becta.  There are regular newsletters to which you can subscribe at: http://www.ictadvice.org.uk/index.php?section=ab&catcode=registration .  A copy of the May 2004 newsletter is also posted at: http://www.archten.croydon.sch.uk/staff/library/ictadviceinmaths_may04.html#latest


Online CPD materials were developed for the DfES in the full range of KS3 subjects – known as Enhancing Subject Teaching Using ICT – or ESTUICT(CPD) for short.  These were to have been provided as CPD packages by companies such as Indigo (RM), SfE and New Media/Plato, with schools paying a fee.  The new Secretary of State, Ruth Kelly, announced that these will now be made available free to schools (and presumably anyone else) from this summer term.  Maths materials are shown at:    http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/ictis/ict_teaching/estuict/secondary/newmedia/

Ofsted reports continue to show an unacceptably high level of poor usage of ICT in secondary schools. http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/publications/index.cfm?fuseaction=pubs.displayfile&id=3646&type=pdf   


Recent publications to support use of ICT in mathematics teaching include:


Clark-Jeavons, A. Exciting ICT in Maths, Network Educational Press, 2005, ISBN1-85539-191-0 £19.95 http://www.networkpress.co.uk/ICT_Maths.html 


Johnston-Wilder, S & Pimm, D. Teaching Secondary Mathematics with ICT, Open University Press, 2005, ISBN 0-335-21381-2 £19.99  http://mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0335213812.html

Oldknow, A. & Taylor, R., Teaching Mathematics using ICT, 2nd edition, Continuum, ISBN 0-8264-7059-9 £19.99 (can be ordered from Chartwell-Yorke, 114 High Street, Belmont, Bolton, Lancashire, BL7 8AL, England, tel (+44) (0)1204 811001, fax (+44) (0)1204 811008, email info@chartwellyorke.com , http://www.chartwellyorke.com    Information is at: http://www.continuumbooks.com/(333wzuncdc1kd555jygijb45)/BookDetail.aspx?BookID=9888

The most significant new piece of software is Cabri 3D and you can download a free trial version from:

http://www.cabri.com/web/nsite/html/software.html ,  Supporting materials can be found on my website at http://www.adrianoldknow.org.uk – mainly on Page 5.


The seventh International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Teaching takes place this July (26th – 29th) in Bristol and is a collaboration between the John Cabot City Technology College and the University of Bristol.  Register now at:  http://ictmt7.org/   See you all there!


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