Friday, 30 January 2009 | 1 Comment
The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) recently created a web-site called “You Can Do Maths”. From the site:
The youcandomaths campaign encourages all young people and their families to appreciate the important role mathematics plays in many careers and everyday life.
I particular like the page Maths is Everywhere where there are some interviews with various people about how they use maths in their careers.
There could be more on the How to Do Better at Maths page.
There are also two videos made as part of this campaign, watch them on YouTube:
It’s interesting that they’re playing on the parent’s opinion of maths 1. that doing maths homework is a duty, although maybe not useful and 2. that maths is not something most people need.
The AAMT have also made the videos available for download – handy if YouTube is blocked at your school.
Good on the AAMT for putting this campaign together. I think the videos are great, and the idea of the web-site – but there really could be more substance to the web-site, hopefully it will develop in time.
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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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