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Susan Easton


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Presentation given at RSC London Conference on 28 March 2014

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Susan Easton

  1. 1. Maths4Us A partnership to boost numeracy through technology Susan Easton Programme Manager Digital Learning @susaneaston March, 2014
  2. 2. NIACE The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is an independent charity which promotes adult learning across England and Wales. Through its research, development, publications, events, outreach and advocacy activity, NIACE works to improve the quality and breadth of opportunities available for all adults so they can benefit from learning throughout their lives.
  3. 3. Need for maths • People with better numeracy have on average: – Better health – More chance of employment – Better Wages
  4. 4. Need for maths • OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) Report 2013 • England and Northern Ireland have some of the highest proportions of adults scoring at or below Level 1 in numeracy. • 24.1% of adults, around 8.5 million people, score at that level compared to the average of 19.0%’. • This is seen as one of the key issues facing England and N. Ireland and one which NIACE has been concerned about for many years.
  5. 5. Maths and technology • FELTAG and ETAG • Recommendation: – By 2015 10% of publically funded FE & Skills learning should be delivered online – By 2017 50% of publically funded FE & Skills learning should be delivered online
  6. 6. Maths and technology • Government will be launching pilots in the autumn to mandate young jobseekers to training and work-related activity opportunities. • Trialling blended and online learning in English and maths to 18-21 year old JSA claimants below Level 2. choices-better-prospects-helping-young-people-succeed
  7. 7. Pilots “From day 1 of signing up for unemployment benefit, claimants will need to show they have maths and English qualifications that every job demands. If they don’t, their adviser will get them on that training immediately. We’re looking at using the latest online learning technologies. If you don’t do this training, you won’t get your Jobseekers Allowance.”
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  11. 11. Learning Maths Online • Everyday Finance • Pay & Wages • Managing Your Money • Everyday Maths • Numbers in Food • About Time • Helping Children with Maths • Helping Adults with Maths • Learning Maths
  12. 12. Access • Internet-capable mobile devices now outnumber computers • Between Aug 10 and Sept 11, just one year, SmartPhone, the most popular type of device, ownership rose from 24% to 46%. • Britain leads on mobile device usage in the whole of Europe! • Just under half (46%) of internet users in the UK connect PRIMARILY on their phone. • BYOD agenda is growing
  13. 13. Future internet access SmartPhone usage Aug 10 Source: OFCOM SmartPhone usage Sept 11 Source: OFCOM K By 2015, 80% of people accessing the internet will be doing so from mobile devices. Maths4Us used mobile access to attract and engage more adults in maths.
  14. 14. Search for an app based on tags Add any of your own apps that you find
  15. 15. Maths App Index
  16. 16. Maths App Challenge The App Challenge drew together teams of developers working with learners and adult learning tutors to develop apps which help boost adults’ numeracy skills Winner decided by public vote Funding used to develop app
  17. 17. Maths Everywhere • Maps to adult maths curriculum • Beginner, intermediate, advanced • Optional recognition of learning
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  19. 19. Opportunities • Open source: • Videos • Use: trial and feedback: Flipped classroom, Self directed learning, peer mentoring • Geo location: Attract target learners • Push messaging: Keep in touch • Offender Learning: ME on the Virtual Campus
  20. 20. Actions?
  21. 21. Susan Easton @susaneaston