2017, a new year, and my second year at Geelong College is about to start. I have had a year to appreciate the school culture and structures, the strengths of my staff and the way they like to work. I’d like to integrate ClassPad use into our Year 9 courses and will publish the written materials on this site.
Context and constraints
- We follow the VELS version of the Australian Curriculum.
- The focus of Year 9 is algebraic fluency
- Our current course (and text) is focussed on “by-hand” algebraic skills. While our students have ClassPads, classroom practice is to do traditional skills first and then later show how technology can be used.
- Summative assessments are primarily tests where rote learning and cramming are often successful short term strategies.
- The vast majority of students (or their parents) would like to keep Methods as a possible future pathway.
Some principles I aim to follow:
- Fluency is equally likely to develop from a basis when we start with the technology as opposed to doing it by-hand first.
- The CAS is new so I want to use that novelty to engage my students, i.e. adopt a different approach to algebra.
- Use some open-ended tasks as summative assessment to see what all students are capable of.
- Enable more students come to see mathematics as an engaging problem-solving activity
- Want to encourage thinking and reasoning
- All students can learn
- Limited “by-hand” skills should not prevent students accessing the standard curriculum
- Technology can be used to enhance learning
|Introduction||Calculation quiz||Main||Perform arithmetic calculations in Main and introduce the templates of the soft keyboard|
|Pythagoras||Pythagoras using NumSolve||NumSolve|
|Pythagoras using Geometry||Geometry|