Maths & Moodle
I am looking for a Maths Dept that is using Moodle to improve what the classroom is already doing. The dept is successful with very good teachers and great results.
So I would like to see some Maths practice that is beyond the usual ‘VLEs are cool’ stuff I throw at teachers challenging technology in schools.
Email I received from Head of Maths below:
Thanks for taking an interest in us!
It looks good – a bit like equation editor in Word. How would we use it? This is not a moan, but a genuine question – I’m not sure what the benefits for our students would be in doing maths over a virtual environment, but when you have the time would like to discuss this. From what I have seen of independent schools (mainly Hailbury Group) ITC use is minimal – we are probably quite advanced in comparison. Have you seen any good examples?
Thanks to Ian Usher and Dan Needlestone for discussing/twittering about this with me.
We determined that we already use it for access to rich-media content in the form of electronic text books mapped to KS3 and KS4. Other than this, and the normal VLE exponents (24/7 access), we thought it would be excellent to adopt an idea presented at TeachMeet Bett 2009 by a TechSmith employee teaching at a Primary School. He suggested using Jing (free product) for pupils to record screencasts explaining what they were doing on whiteboard software (graphics package of some sort). If you adapt this model to tablet PCs, you could see more sophisticated sums being sloved and narrated on video. These in turn could be posted to Maths forums within Moodle as a catalogue of good practice or learning. This would be a really neat idea. And work at potentially the highest level of Maths delivered in schools (A Level) would be satisfied by a tablet PC, maybe the tablet eeePC. I’ll have to investigate the tablets a bit more as I have never owned one but hopefully the annotation facilities won’t be too far away from pencil and paper. The Maths department have expressed their reluctance to move away from that media before but this might tip the balance.