Broadening the scope of a Maths module for student Technology teachers Sue Milne, Sarah Honeychurch, Niall Barr

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Broadening the scope of a Maths module for student Technology teachers Sue Milne, Sarah Honeychurch, Niall Barr
Presented at Moodlemoot Edinburgh 2014
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Broadening the scope of a Maths module for student Technology teachers Sue Milne, Sarah Honeychurch, Niall Barr

  1. 1. Broadening the scope of a Maths module for student Technology teachers Sue Milne, Sarah Honeychurch & Niall Barr University of Glasgow sue.milne@glasgow.ac.uk sarah.honeychurch@glasgow.ac.uk niall.barr@glasgow.ac.uk
  2. 2. Maths Module • For student Technology teachers • Varied Maths background • Used CALMAT software for 15 years • Revision of Scottish Higher, sufficient for course
  3. 3. Why rebuild this module? 1 • 10 topic tests • Attendance mandatory until tests competed • Race to finish!
  4. 4. Why rebuild this module? 2 Low motivation: • Done this already... • Relevance to teaching? • Relevance to Technology? • Relevance to teaching Technology?
  5. 5. Why rebuild this module? 3 Technology! • CALMAT software is server based • CALMAT now obsolescent/obsolete – Only runs on old Windows machines – Doesn’t run on phones, etc. – Not available off-campus • Can’t use it via Moodle • Awkward administration
  6. 6. Stage 1 - Ensuring access • Moodle 2 course – News forum – Course info,... • Topic format – Online resources linked from Moodle – Learning resources uploaded • ...but what about assessment? • CALMAT has – Mathematical input – Randomised maths expressions – Multi-part questions • Can we replicate that?
  7. 7. Stage 1 – Sustainable Assessment Questions and tests rewritten • Sustainable format QTI 2.1 • External Tools using LTI • Formative assessment – Single randomised questions – Randomised Mock Tests • Summative assessment – Topic Tests with random parameters • Results in gradebook – easy access for everyone
  8. 8. Stage 2 – Motivation 1 Topics forum • Intention: – Discuss the hard bits – Notify about bugs in questions (and the fixes) • Reality: – Bug log! – “New features” messages
  9. 9. Stage 2 – Motivation 2 Topics Wiki • Intention: – Contribute ideas – Alternative explanations – Examples in context
  10. 10. Stage 2 – Motivation 2 Topics Wiki • Reality – year 1: – ...blank page effect! • Reality – year 2: – Topics “seeded” – Groups assigned to topics – Worthwhile contributions!
  11. 11. Wiki Contributions 1 Fractions – alternative explanation of addition and subtraction
  12. 12. Wiki Contributions 2 Powers - using links to external materials
  13. 13. Wiki Contributions 3 Pythagoras – recognising background and applications
  14. 14. Project 4 groups of 6 students Relate Maths to • Other course modules • Teaching
  15. 15. Project Outputs • Presentation • Resources – – Shared with rest of class via Moodle forum – For classroom use, out in schools • …added to e-portfolio
  16. 16. Stage 2 – Motivation 3 “Quirky Maths” • Links to sites exploring aspects of Maths – Related to design – Humorous – Unexpected applications (Jim Connor)
  17. 17. Mahara Introduced at the start, linked within Moodle... ...used as wrap up at the end

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