Teaching of the New A level Using Technology
A Work Group to develop the use of technology in the A level classroom
Who is this Work Group aimed at?
The Central Maths Hub is looking to identify up to 8 schools to be involved in this Work Group. This is a work group that is suitable for secondary colleagues who are teaching the new mathematics or Further Mathematics A-Level in 2017/18. Participants will be wanting to develop their use of GeoGebra in the A-Level classroom and share their experiences beyond the working group.
What are the key themes of the Work Group?
This is a continuous professional development Work Group in which participants will identify the benefits of using technology within the A-level classroom and learn how to embed it into their practice. The new Mathematics and Further Mathematics A-Level have an even greater focus on using technology and therefore there is a need to upskill teachers to be able to utilise it within their teaching. GeoGebra is an interactive geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus application that is available on multiple platforms. Teachers will engage with existing resources developed using the dynamic software for the purpose of teaching of post 16 mathematics, identifying the pedagogical benefit and the important questioning that would accompany the resources. They will be upskilled in using GeoGebra from scratch, learning how to use the basic functions to support their teaching and to allow students to engage with the software to deepen their understanding of the subject. Teachers will be given the time and support to locate areas of the curriculum where technology could be used effectively with consideration to their own schemes of work. Crucially then, they will have the confidence and capability to share their new expertise and resources with members of their department or other teachers within small local networks.
What is actually involved?
Involvement in this work group consists of several elements:
1. Attending three face-to-face twilight sessions in which you build your knowledge and skills of GeoGebra and to discuss how technology can be used to enhance students’ learning.
2. Working on gap tasks between sessions by using GeoGebra within your A Level classroom and sharing experiences with colleagues.
3. Supporting the evaluation of the work group by collecting and collating evidence from the outcomes of the work group and contributing to the online community.
A bursary of £150 will be available to all participating schools, subject to attendance at all sessions and satisfactory completion of interim tasks and final evaluation. The bursary is a contribution towards travel, cover and other expenses incurred by the school for the participation in this Work Group. There will only be one bursary payment per school.
You will be required to bring a device that supports GeoGebra, preferably a laptop, to each of the three sessions.
Three gap tasks will be set for you to complete after each session which will involve using GeoGebra within the A Level classroom and sharing your experiences with your colleagues.
If you would like further information on this Work Group then please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or further information on GeoGebra can be found at www.geogebra.org
The Central Maths Hub
Bishop Challoner Catholic College