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.
* An introduction to geometrical properties of quadrilaterals
* An introduction to geometrical properties of triangles
* Reflection and Rotation
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
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.
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