Engaging Maths: iPad Activities for Teaching – Dr Catherine Attard

Engaging Maths: iPad Activities for Teaching – Dr Catherine Attard

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MTA Catalogue page: 361

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The purpose of this book is to provide teachers with some professional learning in relation tousing iPads® and other tablets to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics in the primaryclassroom. The book is also a resource with a collection of teaching and learning ideas to be usedin the primary and middle years mathematics classroom. However, it should not be used solely asa resource. There are unlimited and ever changing ways you can use technology in the classroomand it is impossible to have a definitive list of ideas. The goal in writing this book is to promotethe thoughtful integration of tablet devices in ways that enhance teaching and learning. In fact, the author Dr Catherine Attard emphasises caution when using technology because she firmly believe that it is not the answer to allof the problems associated with school mathematics. The book is organised into three sections. In the first, Dr Attard draws on her own research into the use oftablets in primary mathematics classroom and her research on student engagement to providea theoretical base for the activities and tasks she present in Section Two. She uses the SAMR model asa frame for thinking about the effectiveness of how we implement technology and as a tool forplanning. Shealso aligns SAMR with the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics proficiencies and withBloom’s Revised Taxonomy. In this section she also provide a description of the different categoriesof apps. In Section Two, shepresent a variety of teaching and learning ideas. These are only a small example of ways in which tablets can be used in the mathematics classroom, however, the styleof questioning and activities can be replicated or adapted in many different ways. There areshort tasks that can be used as lesson warm-ups, and extended investigations. The activitiesincorporate mathematics-specific applications, generic productivity applications and games. In the final section of the book shehas a ‘mixed bag’ of ideas and resources. Shelooks at some codingapps suitable for young children, and sheprovides a short list of some of herfavourite websites thatcan be used in conjunction with a tablet. Shethen provide a list of student reflection prompts thesecan be written or can be video-recorded on a tablet.

MTA Catalogue page: 361