Monthly Archive: December 2011

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2011-2012 Looking back. Looking forward

2011 has been a busy year in education. Emerging technologies are making computing more ubiquitous and communication easier. By following the feeds of many wonderful educational blogs, I have seen a real mind shift happening in education with many teachers embracing technologies to change the way that learning happens in their classrooms for the better. I feel confident in saying...

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Happy New Year from Great Maths Teaching Ideas

Great Maths Teaching Ideas wishes all of its readers Seasons Greetings and all the best for a very happy New Year. Thank you so much for your continued interest in and support of the site and here’s to some great teaching in 2012! 2011 for Great Maths Teaching Ideas in numbers: 150, 797 page views 67, 251 unique site visitors...

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Sierpinski’s Triangle- fun with fractals

Today two of my classes made Sierpinski Triangles, the famous fractals, and then linked the whole class set of creations together to form a bigger Sierpinski Triangle. Check out these pictures:   It was a lovely way to spend an end-of-term maths lesson. Why not give it a go for yourself?! Download the Sierpinski’s Triangle resources from this website.  

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What adults can learn from kids

Adora Svitak is 13 years old. In this stunning TED talk she lays down some big ideas to support her view that adults should be learning from kids. I find this talk so powerful and disruptive to the status quo. I think she’s right and I’m trying to figure out what that means for my own lessons… What do you...

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Online gaming to practice your maths- Tutpup.com

As teachers we sometimes feel like we are losing our kids to the online gaming world. The lure of Xbox Live proves too much for some when they should be doing their maths homework. Tutpup.com combines the fun pursuit of online gaming against other human beings with maths practice! You play 1 minute maths games where you answer as many...

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iPads in Action Conference

On Tuesday 6th December  I was fortunate enough to attend the ‘iPads in Action Conference’ at the brand new Longfield Academy in Kent. The school are three months into running a 1-2-1 iPad scheme with their 1150 students. The day discussed the academy’s vision for the scheme which included: To redefine the relationship between the students and teacher To provide...