Bringing mathematics alive with Mathematics 4.0 and Bing maps: Teaching with Technology
Bringing Mathematics alive with Mathematics 4.0 and Bing
Learning-by-doing is generally considered the most
effective way to learn. The Internet and a variety of
emerging communication, visualization, and simulation
technologies now make it possible to offer students
authentic learning experiences ranging from
experimentation to real-world problem solving.
Embedding real world examples into the learning
process helps students better understand concepts and
applying acquired skills to authentic contexts is a
powerful way of embedding knowledge.
In this tutorial you will:
1) Use Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 to support the learning of
2) Use Bing Maps as a tool to apply mathematical concepts in
real world scenarios.
3) Create a mathematics activity using ICT and collaboration skills
to use with students.
Microsoft Mathematics 4.0; Bing
ICT Skill Level Required:
Suriya is a Mathematics teacher who wants to use technology to make learning mathematical concepts fun and relevant
by setting tasks that are connected to the real world and that have a meaning for students. She wants to encourage
students to think critically and learn the skill of collaboration through group work.
Like Suriya, this tutorial will help you create a challenging and meaningful activity in which students will use Bing Maps
to find data, and solve mathematical problems using Mathematics 4.0.
This tutorial is designed for educators who are new to Mathematics 4.0 and Bing Maps and shows in simple steps how
to create activities that will enhance the understanding of difficult mathematical concepts and apply those concepts to
the real world.
1. Think of a topic that your students are familiar with and which will
enable them to find data by using Bing Maps (e.g. distances between
certain points of interest, taxi fare calculations, parking fares data,
coordinate information, unit conversion etc. ). Find out more information
on how to use Bing Maps for education. Bing Maps for teachers web link
2. By downloading Mathematics 4.0, students will be able to solve mathematical problems, visualize graphs to
make the problems easily understandable and use powerful graphing calculators
3. Download Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 here. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
You will see a new tab called Mathematics on the Word ribbon.
4. Open Mathematics 4.0, and learn how to use the following key tools:
The Calculator Pad
The Worksheet tab
The Graphing tab
5. Have a look at these tools as well:
a. Equation solver
b. Formulas and equations
c. Triangle solver
d. Unit conversion tool
Further Resources and Ideas
Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 in the Classroom – teaching guide
A guide to Mathematics add in - video
How a teacher uses Mathematics add-in for Mathematics and Physics - video
UNESCO CfT – Technology Literacy (Pedagogy, Integrate Technology)
ISTE – Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity (1c, d) and Design and Develop Digital Age Learning
Experiences and Assessments (2d)