Working together to integrate digital technology in mathematics teaching and learning: putting the tools in the hands of the learners
This national NCETM event took place on 27 February 2013 at the Institute of Education, University of London, and it familiarised participants with a range of technologies that could be used to enhance mathematics teaching and learning and to showcase some new developments, initiatives and reports. It also sought to prepare participants on how to use digital technologies in mathematics by sharing successful strategies from the wider community of teachers, researchers and technology designers.
The programme for the day included a keynote speech, plenary speeches, workshops, teachmeet sessions, a panel discussion and an exhibition space. These activities provided opportunities for the participants to focus on classroom and learner-focused activities that involved both established and innovative approaches using digital technologies.
The conference was chaired by Professor Celia Hoyles, who opened the event with an overview of the professional development support that NCETM has offered for the use of digital technologies through its events, funded projects and portal resources.
Dr Vanessa Pittard, responsible for STEM in the Department for Education, gave the keynote speech in which she outlined some opportunities within the draft new National Curriculum for synergy between mathematics and the new computing curriculum.
David Murrells of The Ravensbourne School, Bromley, Kent, presented the outcomes of his classroom-based action research that developed a research-informed approach to teaching linear functions at Key Stage 4 using Autograph graphing software.
Claire Trewhella of Torriano Junior School, Camden, London, presented the work that she has been leading in her school on the use of iPad applications with an emphasis on collaborative tools that support the children to express and share their mathematical ideas.
There were eighteen different workshops for primary, secondary and FE teachers, which covered a wide range of different technologies, mathematical themes, pedagogical themes and classroom approaches. The common factor was the privileging of ideas that meant that the students, and not only the teacher were driving the technology! Find out more.
NCETM conference 'Teachmeet'
The conference included three sessions of eight five-minute informal presentations by teachers who shared their experiences and interests, but who maybe have not done so before. Find out more.
The conference was concluded by a discussion, which was chaired by Professor Celia Hoyles, who posed questions to a panel that included:
- Stephen Rogers, Department for Education,
- Dr Alison Clark-Wilson of the Institute of Education, University of London, and one of the authors of the recent JMC report, Digital technologies and mathematics education,
- Professor Richard Noss, co-Director of the London Knowledge Lab and one of the authors of the recent NESTA report, Decoding Learning,
- Jennie Golding, representing ACME.