Maths - Food for STEM growth

24th September 2010 at 01:00

Aberdeenshire Council has invested in maths education in its secondaries by purchasing innovative ICT resources to improve pupils' understanding in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

The contract follows an Aberdeen University research project which found that the use of the resources benefited pupils' exploration of the subject. Resources include targeted handheld learning devices and teacher software, along with free teacher training to share best practice and develop more dynamic lessons.

They have been supplied by Texas Instruments, with ongoing support via the Nspiring Learning online resource centre, containing teacher-created lesson plans which address the various areas of mathematics.

The professional development was provided at no cost by T3: Teachers Teaching with Technology, a CPD network which provides free training in educational technology for the teaching and learning of maths and science.

Margaret Thompson, principal teacher of maths at Westhill Academy, said: "Curriculum for Excellence recognises that attainment is related to engagement and motivation. Using the TI-Nspire (a handheld learning device) has increased both and has led to deeper understanding of mathematical concepts."

www.abdn.ac.ukeducationdocumentsUofA_Report_Mar10.pdf; www.education.ti.comuk; www.nspiringlearning.org.uk; www.tcubed.org.uk.

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