Bringing mathematics alive with Mathematics 4.0 and Bing maps: Teaching with Technology


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Bringing mathematics alive with Mathematics 4.0 and Bing maps: Teaching with Technology

  1. 1. Page 1 Bringing Mathematics alive with Mathematics 4.0 and Bing Maps 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 mathematical concepts. 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. Tools: Microsoft Mathematics 4.0; Bing Maps ICT Skill Level Required: Educator Scenario 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
  2. 2. Page 2 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
  3. 3. Page 3 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
  4. 4. Page 4 Framework Alignment  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)