|Ofsted's report of 2008 (Mathematics: Understanding the score) and the NCETM-funded research report of Miller et al. 2008 (Enabling enhanced mathematics teaching with interactive whiteboards) highlighted difficulties in access to ICT equipment for learners in mathematics lessons and suggest that there is a need for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for mathematics teachers in the interactive use of ICT in mathematics and in supporting the use of ICT by learners.
As a result the NCETM established an ICT group and commissioned Keele University to work with the group with the aim of providing the NCETM with actions and key points in response to the issues raised in these two documents.
This microsite, and the associated sub pages reflect the recommendations that were then made in a full report presented to the ICT group and the NCETM. The report is available to view and download.
For much of the information on this site, we have retained the use of the term ICT as it was our starting point and reflects the literature base but our actions and key points embrace digital technologies.
In particular though, the digital technologies report made the following recommendations, most of which are now live to view
Recommendation 1: Creation of a digital technologies microsite
Recommendation 2: Digital technologies self-evaluation tool on the NCETM portal
Recommendation 3: Clearly identified sections on the use of digital technologies in the NCETM online magazines
Recommendation 4: Leading and supporting the development of digital technologies in mathematics: The NCETM should work with the appropriate subject associations to provide professional development in the use of digital technologies in mathematics for those involved in initial teacher education of mathematics teachers and for those, such as local authority mathematics advisors and equivalent, who have the potential and opportunity to impact on a large number of teachers.
Recommendation 5: Digital technologies: a skills list of seven zones should be produced to form a convenient home against which digital technologies activities could be referenced.
Recommendation 6: A directory of digital technologies professional development trainers who can provide CPD in the use of digital technologies for mathematics teachers should be developed.