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Developing the Mathematics Curriculum: Using ICT

Choosing a project

Through discussion with my mentor, it was preliminary decided that my

ICT project will be on something to do with shapes. I then went away

and came back with some more specific ideas.

These were:

* An introduction to geometrical properties of quadrilaterals

* An introduction to geometrical properties of triangles

* Reflection and Rotation

* Angles

Once I had my ideas, I asked the teachers in the department what they

would prefer the resource to be. Most thought that reflection and

rotation was easier to teach than the others, and that more resources

were available to them for that area of mathematics. The general

consensus was that either of the other three was fine. So I have

chosen to base my resource on angles with some properties of

quadrilateral and triangles as supplement to the angles work. A factor

in this decision was that angles were a topic coming up in the scheme

of work. My resource will probably end up not being one resource, but

several that when used together, hopefully creates a good lesson or

series of lessons.

My mentor also added that my resource should be used on a Promethean

interactive whiteboard, as the department were going to have two of

them introduced into the department, and the teachers who were going

to use them, are not very ICT literate and could find a good resource

extremely useful.

My target year group is year seven. However, the resource will also be

inclusive. By this I mean it can be used with mixed ability groups and

possibly older year groups too. It has to be a fun resource that will

capture the imagination of pupils and hopefully invite them into

discussion, thought and interaction.

Planning

The mathematical content involved

The yearly teaching programme from the National Numeracy Strategy

states that in year 7, under the shape, space and measure topic -

Angles , year 7’s should use the correct vocabulary for angles. They

should know the sum of angles at a point, on a straight line and in a

triangle, and recognise vertically opposite angles. They should begin

to identify and use angle properties of triangles and quadrilaterals.

The part in bold is a key objective.

(NNS, section 3, page 7)

The use of the particular technology in mathematics teaching.

The technology that I shall be using for this resource is the

Promethean 60” interactive whiteboard, as this is what my mentor would

like me to do. The boards are equipped with ACTIVstudio software which

I will make use of.

The computers attached to the boards are all using Windows based

operating systems; they all have internet access, and all have the

full Microsoft Office package.

At the moment, there is only one interactive white board in the

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