Showing posts from March, 2011

Khan Academy and a Heretical Thought

[disclaimer]This is a ramble, full of internal inconsistencies, born of a weary mind.  I post it into the ether like fresh meat thrown to a pack of wolves - go ahead and tear it to shreds![/disclaimer]

I guess you all know about Khan Academy.  If not: it's one man's collection of 2100 video lectures on maths, science, finance and more - all freely available.  In maths, it purports to provide a full progression from the basics of counting and place value up to some areas of university maths.

Bill Gates has endorsed it, whilst many educators are throwing their hands up in horror.

A heretical thought that popped into my head today.    What if young people decide one day that they want to spend all of the limited amount of time they devote to maths actually learning how to do maths instead of learning how to collaborate effectively, design bridges, play Mario Kart, be good time-keepers, produce presentations or whatever latest thing might be? And what if they then start using Khan Ac…

Scottish Mathematical Council Conference Brain Dump

Here are some facts/actions/ideas I jotted down at the conference.  Some are  from speakers, some are ideas that occurred to me as I listened:

Learning Together Maths with Graeme Logan

exploratory talk is an important feature of good practice in maths lesssons
I could do a weekly email to all staff listing main numeracy skills being learned in maths each week in S1/S2
key changes in CfE for maths include more “uncertainty”, impact and history and problem solving as a tool across maths
reformat self assessment traffic light sheets as mind maps/trees to show structure of LIs
good Learning Outcomes do not confuse learning with activity
outstanding LIs include what, how and why (revisited in plenary)
LIs can be verbal
Scottish survey of numeracy  is coming in May
AFL is critical to CfE - don’t be afraid to revisit it in CPD
Developing/Consolidating/Secure should NOT be used about individual E&Os, and were not designed for tracking/target setting

New National 4/5 Maths Qualifications with Mr Topp…