The wonders of Pi

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  • About

    The teacher explains and demonstrates how the use of an interactive whiteboard (IWB) has transformed his mathematics teaching. It allows him to reflect on what has been learned previously, it enables students to interact and take risks, and it ‘captures’ for his later reflection, the learning that has taken place. In a year 7 mathematics lesson, he uses the IWB to access additional historical resources to support students learning about the formula Pi. His students respond to the engaging and interactive manner in which he uses ICT to teach concepts in an imaginative, and innovative way.

  • Standards

    Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach itFocus area 2.6: ProficientDescriptor: Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.Other DescriptorsStandard 5: Assess, provide feedback and report on student learningFocus area 5.2: ProficientDescriptor: Provide timely, effective and appropriate feedback to students about their achievement relative to their learning goals.

  • Questions for discussion

    1. How do you use ICT to make content meaningful to students?

    2. What teaching strategies can you use to ensure learning programs are engaging and relevant to students?

  • Learning context

    Emmaus College is a co-educational Catholic secondary school, located in metropolitan Melbourne. The school values the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning programs. The teacher uses an IWB in every class, and interactive software programs where appropriate to engage the learner and make the content more relevant to the students. His use of IWBs enable him to accurately review and reflect on lesson content, as all information, both teacher and student input, is captured and saved.

  • School context

    Emmaus CollegeVermont South, Victoria
    School type: Non GovernmentYear level: Year 7Stage of schooling: SecondarySchool location: Metropolitan

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  • Copyright

    © Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), 2012 (except where indicated under acknowledgements). You may use, reproduce and adapt this material for educational purposes until 31 December 2016, provided you retain this notice and all acknowledgements associated with the material.

  • Acknowledgement

    ActivInspire software and ActivExpression Handsets reproduced courtesy of © Promethean Limited. All Rights Reserved.

    Pie with a missing slice, Greek alphabet letter for pi, ancient Egyptian pyramid in Giza and emoticon with question mark from Microsoft Clip Art.

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