Category: ICT

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What maths lessons can learn from Angry Birds

Teachers love a good metaphor. Learning new things relies on you being able to relate it to something you already know and metaphors build those bridges. They anchor new abstract ideas into our current knowledge. Here’s a metaphor to get your pupils to understand what a brilliant learning environment would look like in your classroom: Approach your maths lessons like...

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A+ Click- rich puzzles for developing logical reasoning

A+ Click is a new website that provides a vast collection of puzzles and challenges to develop logical reasoning skills in your pupils. You can search by topic or year group, making finding puzzles at your class’ ability easy. Like NRich Maths in many ways, A+ Click also keeps a record of how many answers your pupils got right. Ideal...

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Blog recommendation: Flipping with Kirch

The Flipped Classroom model is getting a lot of press in education circles these days as a teaching and learning strategy that promotes independent, student-centred learning. This approach is generally relatively new and experimental in maths classrooms and adopting a Flipped approach in your own classroom may be a step into the unknown. As with anything new we try, we...

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Meetings.io amazing free video chat without the need to sign up!

There are so many great social networks and other web services out there to help us all connect but the really annoying thing is that not one of them has all your friends and family on. Many of my teaching friends are on Twitter and Google+ and school friends on Facebook. Some of my family are not on social networks...

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Derive the trigonometric graphs using spaghetti!

If you’re looking for an interesting way of teaching the trigonometric graphs sine and cosine then you must watch this superb video of an activity to derive them using spaghetti. Chris Smith @aap03102 created this activity and then made the cheesy video explaining how to produce the spaghetti trig graphs. Trigonometric Graphs Spaghetti Video  Chris publishes a weekly maths newsletter that...

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Where does pi r squared come from? Beautiful demonstration

Here is something a bit special. It’s an amazing Geogebra applet that shows where the formula for the area of a circle comes from. I’ve had pupils cutting circles into sectors before to perform the same proof, but this interactive applet it first class in showing the concept in a visually stunning way and quickly. Top stuff! Click here to...

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The Standards Unit including software

The Standards Unit are a collection of resources produced in response to the Smith Report by the Department for Education and Skills. They use ‘active learning’ strategies that were originally planned for use post-16 but have now been introduced into the secondary sector. The well known Dr Malcom Swann of Nottingham University played a big role in the development of...

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The most amazing, ancient and singular number, wow. I mean wau

Here’s another classic mind boggling video from Vi Hart about a very amazing number… The most amazing, ancient and singular number At a more basic level this idea could be used to introduce the idea of identities. Great stuff Vi! Thanks to @SamGWebster for bringing this to my attention.

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TED-Ed Lessons Worth Sharing

Regular readers of Great Maths Teaching Ideas will know what a fan of TED.com I am. TED has changed the way that I look at the world on countless occasions. Their videos are never anything but inspiring and thought-provoking. They remind us of what the best and worst parts of the human condition are about. TED-Ed have recently launched a...

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Khan Academy releases iPad App

The Khan Academy has just released a free app for the iPad. For people unfamiliar with the Khan Academy, it is a website featuring over 2500 free educational videos about a variety of topics including maths, science, art and much more. Salman Khan, the site’s author delivered a superb TED talk last year explaining his vision. Many people who are...

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Stunning new innovative resources site www.numberloving.co.uk

Laura Rees-Hughes and Sharon Derbyshire are teaching resource megastars! Many of their wonderful resources have been available from Craig Barton’s site  (www.mrbartonmaths.com) for a while, but they have now created a resources website to share all of their amazing creations. Please allow me to introduce: www.numberloving.co.uk. The resources are a long way from ’10 questions about ….’ worksheets. On the...

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Maths is not calculating- Conrad Wolfram

Conrad Wolfram, founder of the amazing Wolfram Alpha site discussed on Great Maths Teaching Ideas previously, spoke recently about his concerns about the way maths education is delivered right across the world. In an engaging and persuasive talk, Wolfram argues that there is more to maths than calculating, yet this is what we are teaching pupils to do by hand...

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Information Is Beautiful infographics project

I’d like to tell you a bit about a new project that I’m running with a top set year 7 class at the moment. The project is called Information Is Beautiful and is based around techniques for data representation and visualisation. We have done a few lessons on the basics such as how to draw comparative or multiple bar charts,...