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November 30th update
MOODLE MATH is now ready. http://www.moodlemath.net.nz is up and running ready to have a play and try to create a course or resource or lessons etc. i would like to see an interactive session being monitored and resources being developed and shared. Contact me for any passwords etc. i will be monitoring the activity and setting up teachers as course creators. You are responsible for all passwords you create! It is available for three months at no cost to the associations but after that we have to talk about its future.
So what are your thoughts on the maths L1, 2 and 3 exams? tell me.
Check out the proposed changes to L3 Math Standards here or look for review on minedu site.
Get the resource from http:www.fishandgame.org.nz for mathematics. A lot of data.
Three new documents and a clever Excel spreadsheet that could be a cool extension activity. The first, NOTES TO HELP WITH NCEA MATHS is 8 pages of notes about the achievement standards given to moderators. This is a good staff PD session for a math dept meeting. The second, Stats Notes, is a summary of notes about aspects of Statistics and Modelling. The third is a Summary of changes made to the Unit Standards. The clever spreadsheet is worth having a look at as well.
Curriculum Project Document here. This is the discussion document for the new revised curriculum. Also, here is the Subject Association Forum REPORT which is worth plowing through to see the current thinking behind the curriculum revision. Both of these are available on NZAMT. It is expected that the Draft Curriculum Document will be officially released in October for consultation and that a revised form of it will become the Mathematics and Statistics Curriculum in 2007. One of the differences worth noting is the language borrowed from the numeracy project like additive strategies and multiplicative thinking. Much recent research in mathematics education has been embedded in the new document.
Are you having trouble with your Year 12 Level 2 students achieving? I have had quite a few phone calls about this issue. Here is a discussion paper for your next maths department meeting that presents some explanation and possible solutions. Are we too concerned with credit collection at Level 1? Are we really attending to student needs at Year 12? Who decides when students move to Level 2?
HELP!! What graphics package are you using to do - function graphs - statistical graphs ? I use the www.PacificT.com software advertised below. I use the Excel programme to produce any stat graphs I need. But there are others out there. One suggestion is the CASIO software or the TI-Interactive software that is used in teaching with graphic calculators. I have also see "graphmattica" and "Math CAD". Looking for "graphing software " in Google gives quite a few options.
I am beginning to think that a graphing calculator is the good solution.
2. MATHEMATICS NEWS from NZQA Advisor June 16th
Please take particular note of the information in SecQual 2005/019, and
remind your staff in the Mathematics department that the external exam
for 90286 is v3. You will need to make sure you have the latest standard
file from your software provider to enter v3 and not v2.
6. EXPIRED UNIT STANDARDS
We continue to be asked about unit standards that have an expiry date
that has already passed. Note that if the expiry date is near or has
passed, the standard will be undergoing a review. But as long as it is
on the website, it is the current version. Teachers can still assess
using these standards. Teachers are encouraged to use the latest
possible version of a standard because it will be improved from previous
versions. At the time a course is being reviewed, teachers should refer
to the website for the latest version. The word "expire" refers to a
date on which it is expected that the standard will be reviewed. In the
review process, standards may be rolled over, but sometimes the content
is amended to a greater or lesser degree, and also the credit value may
change. Beware of this one!
Another cool website I was reminded of....http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools
Try this website for Activity Sheets. www.schoolhousetech.com
MODERN TEACHING AIDS...phone for a catalogue 0800 808 044, www.mta.co.nz
Knowledge Builders CD shown here. This is a very well organised collection of 182 knowledge builder games to be used in maths classes. Cost is about $50 and is available from http://www.mathsadventures.co.nz or Ph 06 359 1587. The games follow and support the numeracy project stages closely. Good help and information on the CD. A very good resource.
WAIMAT have a website! Visit http://www.waimaths.org.nz
CAS 2006...Interested in this PD?
There will be an advertisement in the early and mid June gazettes seeking expressions of interest for schools, who would like to be involved in a pilot involving the CAS calculators with year 9 students in 2006. Applications close 27th June. Six schools across the country have been involved this year and they will most likely be continuing for 2006 with their year 10 classes.
WAIMAT Quiz NIGHT BOOKLET Download August 18th at the gardens at the usual time. How about some art work!
BOPMA Minutes APRIL
NEWSLETTER Term 2 and SURVEY
Visit a really interactive encyclopeadia at http://www.wikipaedia.org
Visit the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for some math applets...really really useful.
Here is a cool fraction site. Does fractions >1 which is a nice change.
BOPMA Quiz NIGHT August 24th, Mt Maunganui College, NOTE early start time ...2pm?
NOMINATION FORM for BOPMA LONG SERVICE AWARD. Contact BOPMA or use this form.
CHECK in with Mathsweek Developments.
NZ SCHOLARSHIP Q&As....A document for you to look at from our NCEA watchdog.
JOBS...Quite a few important HOD jobs available in the region. Check the gazette or subscribe at http://www.edgazette.govt.nz/vacancies/subscribe
NZAMT CONFERENCE...Time to get organised. See http://www.nzamt.org.nz
and the term 1 NZAMT Newsletter! You might like to write an article for this publication!
SUDOKU...Have you discovered these wonderful logic puzzles. They are published daily in the NZ Herald but I have made up a selection for you to download. There are very easy puzzles to quite trying versions. Click here SUDOKU to find a few to download. Try the hard puzzle from 24th of April!
Geometers Sketch Pad A very nice SMALL piece of inexpensive software that is EASY to learn and MAGIC to use to explore geometry and create designs.
This software does away with the compass and straightedge!
NCEA Level 1 Geometric Constructions....what a cool modern way to gain these credits. I will design a standard as soon as I get a spare hour and post it here. If anyone has already done this send it to me! Find it on the web by searching for Geometers Sketchpad and download the FREE trial version.
I found the Mindreader again!
AND here are two .pdf files for NUMAHTZEE and DICE GAMES
MATH DIGEST http://www.mathdigest.com
Numeracy Project http://www.nzmaths.co.nz
NZAMT Conference SEP 2005
WEBSITES and Other Resources for Teachers
Sample problems for Years 9/10
Graphing Calculator Software
Math Archives in UK
Maths on Line in NZ
KaleidoTile Software for Macs
ENC Ed Resources
CAST Statistics Simulations - MU
Amicable, Happy and Rare Numbers
NZAMT NEWSLETTERS -VIP
News Term 1 05
Modeling in 3D
3D Models Templates
Teachers at WORK
Hope you enjoy these
Account for your Department Dollars
Time Diary for Advisors and Teachers
New Assessments for NCEA
Mathematics in the NZ Curriculum 868k
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