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1 What can technology add to mathematics and science teaching? [Web version] DOUGLAS BUTLER Director, iCT Training Centre, Oundle School, Peterborough (UK) and Lead author, Autograph PLENARY PRESENTATION 18:50 – 20:00 Saturday 17 th March rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., March 2007 METSMaC 2007 METSMaC 2007

2 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., March 2007 METSMaC 2007 The next hour will seem like a roller-coaster! roller-coaster

3 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., March 2007 METSMaC 2007 Mathematics and Science Education: is there a problem? THEME 1

4 Despite a record number of graduates entering the job market this year, many will lack the basic skills in grammar and mathematics needed for employment … … they make basic mistakes, write illiterate memos and need constant supervision. THE TIMES newspaper (London, 7th December 2006)

5 A level Mathematics (England): 75,000 in 1991 [13,500 = 18% awarded top Grade A] 56,000 in 2006 [24,080 = 43% awarded top Grade A] “Mathematics Downward Spiral”Downward Spiral

6 “Mathematics Society” Average attendance “Financial Mathematics Society” Average attendance What do pupils think “work” involving mathematics is all about?

7 What can be done to promote Science Education? Science Education

8 The modern classroom 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 THEME 2

9 A typical mathematics classroom at Oundle School (UK)

10 And at Chu Van An National High School, Hanoi, (Vietnam)

11 From the ICMI Study Conference (Hanoi) on Digital Technologies in Mathematics

12 Two types of TABLET to take round the class:

13 Autograph workshops with local teachers in Hanoi …

14 One school of the future …

15  COMPUTERS XThink Geometry Expressions Physics Illustrator – You Tube video Physics Illustrator You Tube video Dynamic Software: Cabri 3D, Autograph and GSP …Cabri 3DAutograph GSP  HAND-HELD Casio Classpad TI Nspire Graphs on a Cell Phone!! And what is just round the corner?

16 Graphs on a Cell Phone!

17 An internet connected computer projected in the classroom is a … WINDOW ON THE WORLD! 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 THEME 3

18 Fun with Google Earth, Google Sketchup and the Iconico Screen ProtractorGoogle EarthGoogle SketchupIconico Screen Protractor

19 What was MY ROUTE to get here from Oundle? 1. Heathrow Airport, London

20 Using Google Earth: 1. Heathrow Airport, London

21 Using Google Earth 2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

22 Using Google Earth 3. Abu Dhabi Airport, United Arab Emirates

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26 Other Statistical Diagrams …

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28 Fun with You-Tube videos 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007

29 Resources from You Tube!

30 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Tacoma Narrows Bridge London to Brighton in 2 minutes London to Brighton in 2 minutes

31 Resources from You Tube! Tom Lehrer “New Math” Dominoes Pool

32 Resources from You Tube! My all time favourite: Ma and Pa Kettle Math …! Ma and Pa Kettle Math

33 The Sciences on the Web 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 THEME 4

34 Biology on the web Serendip (Bryn Maw College, PA, USA) Serendip

35 Biology on the web Chaotic links with Mathematics Too beautiful to eat? Chaotic links with Mathematics

36 Chemistry on the Web Phosphorus and Oxygen Phosphorus and Oxygen

37 Chemistry on the Web Periodic Table!

38 Physics on the Web Java Applets from Taiwan – home page Java Applets from Taiwan Notes

39 Physics on the Web What does a tree on Earth look like from m away?tree on Earth

40 Speed of Sound: Most movie makers think the time between lightening and thunder = 0 sec Density of a Pulsar (Rotating Neutron Star) Mass of the sun, and the size of London Speed of India (moving North) 5cm per year Physics on the Web Some concepts can be tricky:

41 Computing on the Web As of today, Google states that they are indexing 19 Billion distinct web pages. (Yahoo claim more!) HOW???

42 So how does Google work? A more serious contribution Computing on the Web

43 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 Where did it all start? THEME 5

44 Let’s look back... Pythagoras of Samos Pythagoras of Samos ( BC) The Tunnel of Eupalinos

45 How did we count? The Mathematics of 1000 years ago

46 What’s all this about BIG PRIMES? Mersenne Primes Mersenne Primes A nice link to the history of technology M44? 2^32,582,657-1 has digits 4th Sep 2006, Dr Cooper/Dr Boone, USA2^32,582,657-1

47 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 INTERMISSION!! Time for …

48 Let’s build a tetrahedrontetrahedron

49 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 SOME TOOLS FOR THE TEACHERS

50 Spreadsheet Skills Word Skills 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007

51 Soccer – goal scoring

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53 Word Skills

54 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 SOME CURRICULUM ISSUES

55 Curriculum issue 0 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007

56 Curriculum issue 0 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 What are the Musicians up to? A typical Sibelius file

57 The mystery of Mathematics! Curriculum issue 1 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007

58 The human body and PHI

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60 Credit Card Parthenon (440 BC) Autograph 3 Gary Meisner’s Golden Ratio site

61 The mystery of Calculus! Curriculum issue 2 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007

62 “The decline in attacks over the past two years has slowed down” Pottengal Mukundan, Director of The Piracy Reporting Centre at the International Maritime Bureau The Times July 26, 2006 “Pirates are back on the map”

63 Volume: 33.96π cm³ Area: cm² The Volume of Harry Potter’s Goblet Autograph 3

64 mg kv n m v So, if you fall out of an aeroplane …

65 Autograph 3

66 The application of vectors in 2D and 3D “I hate vectors!” Curriculum issue 3 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007

67 A nice sailing simulation

68 DATA, DATA everywhere!everywhere and here!here Curriculum issue 4 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007

69 Sunrise over Lake Geneva

70 Autograph 3

71 What’s so special about the NORMAL distribution?

72 Check in: Why don’t they weigh US?

73 Some weight data

74 Visualising 3D Curriculum issue 5 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007

75 The principle behind rendering 3D shapes The Mathematics used in movies

76 ‘Ice Age 2’ trailor The Mathematics used in movies Can we model this? What about the games industry? What about the games industry?

77 The THEMES: 1. The decline of Mathematics

78 The THEMES: 1. The decline of Mathematics 2. The Modern Classroom

79 The THEMES: 1. The decline of Mathematics 2. The Modern Classroom 3. The window on the World

80 The THEMES: 1. The decline of Mathematics 2. The Modern Classroom 3. The window on the World 4. Sciences on the Web

81 The THEMES: 5. The History of Maths/Science

82 The THEMES: 5. The History of Maths/Science Intermission!

83 The THEMES: Spreadsheet and Word skills

84 Some new Curriculum possibilities 1. The Mystery of Mathematics

85 Some new Curriculum possibilities 1. The Mystery of Mathematics 2. Visualisation of Calculus

86 Some new Curriculum possibilities 1. The Mystery of Mathematics 2. Visualisation of Calculus 3. Vectors in 2D and 3D Autograph 3

87 Some new Curriculum possibilities 4. Data, Data Autograph 3

88 Some new Curriculum possibilities 4. Data, Data 5. Coordinate Geometry in 3D Autograph 3 TRAINING

89 The digital age …. EBO WIKI IPOD BLOG GOOGLE MOODLE MYSPACE YOUTUBE

90 Sat 17 Mar 10:00-10:50 Almas Suites 1 Making the 2D-3D transition with dynamic software [M4] 3 rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 Sun 18 Mar 14:30-15:20 Al Thuraya Grand Ballroom B Making Word friendly to hard pressed math/science teachers! Sun 18 Mar 11:00-11:50 Al Thuraya Grand Ballroom C Making Statistics come alive with dynamic software [M4] Other METSMaC sessions from Douglas Butler

91 DOUGLAS BUTLER Director, iCT Training Centre, Oundle School, Peterborough (UK) Web: rd Annual Conference for Middle East Teachers of Science, Mathematics and Computing The Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, March 2007 METSMaC 2007 PPS:


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