Maths - Go for digital advancement

9th March 2012 at 00:00

What it's all about

Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), an independent curriculum development body and charity that supports maths education, has shared a number of resources to encourage greater use of ICT in advanced maths, writes Craig Barton.

The computer-based practical activities using the dynamic software programs Autograph, Geogebra and TI-Nspire create a challenging and interactive environment where students can investigate, make predictions and analyse results as they develop their knowledge of geometry, differentiation and trigonometry.

Each resource includes a PDF file with full instructions and challenges to keep even the most gifted mathematicians busy. After students work on the tasks, the software can be used to consolidate learning as a plenary on the interactive whiteboard or projector. Visit the MEI website:

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Pi Day on 14 March (written as 314 in the US) also coincides with the birthday of Albert Einstein, writes Victoria Grace Walden.

Since its inception at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988, it has commonly been celebrated by eating pies and embracing the mathematical constant that helps us to understand circles. In recent years, it has been used to raise awareness of how much fun maths can be.

Mgilmevans has shared a dingbats-themed pi-game. Or start the day by singing along to the pi song - who can recall pi to the most decimal points?

Visit to see what other teachers have done for Pi Days gone by. From baking cookies and discussing their circumferences to "pi-ing" teachers for charity, there are lots of entertaining ideas.

Round up your lesson with fedoraboy's number search mental maths game to familiarise pupils with pi's first 64 digits.

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