My latest Mathematics bookmarks

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

  • Think of a computer program that generates educational worksheets, and mathematics is the kind that immediately comes to mind. The ones you find here we think are some of the best around. Try them out and see if you think so too.

    tags: MATHEMATICS, worksheets

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Amesa Matric Maths/Mathslit and Grade 9 C.T.A Review

Dear Maths Educators

The AMESA Matric Maths and Grade 9 CTA Review will take place next week.

Date: Tuesday 1st December 2009
Time:  14.30 hrs to 17.00 hrs

Venue:  BISHOPS Memorial Theatre, Campground Road, Rondebosch
Please note that we will be discussing Maths Paper 1 and 2 and the Grade 9 CTA.

Maths Literacy teachers are welcome to attend and a venue will be provided for discussion of the ML papers but no formal presentation will be given.

Tea is kindly sponsored by Anne Eadie from the Answer Series

Please RSVP to for catering purposes. Any queries to Sue Mc Petrie at

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mathematics olympiad 2010

The final 2010 dates for the South African Mathematics Olympiad are as follows:

  • Closing date for entries: 5 Feb
  • First round: 17 March
  • Second round: 18 May
  • Third round: 8 September

The entry fee will be R20 for South African learners and R25 for learners outside South Africa. The entry forms will be posted early in 2010. If you need more information, you can contact Ellie Olivier at the SA Mathematics Foundation (

Dr Math on Mxit

Dr Math on Mxit is a mobile/cellphone/pc support system for learners to help them with their maths homework. When there are no tutors online/cell to assist them, they can play maths games to help them practise routine operations. They compete against one another and the top scorers get twittered here:

To get connected to Dr math, just add to your chat client (gtalk, jabber) or Mxit and and ask away.

To tell us more about the Dr math project, I chatted to Laurie Butgereit of the Meraka Institute about her baby....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Weekly maths bookmarks (weekly)

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

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The book of numbers

I am reading The book of numbers which I got from this wonderful site where you can download quite a lot of different mathematics books. Go ahead, read with me or hop on over to the XPmath site to download a few for your collection....

Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Measuring teaching and learning in mathematics

Following on from the symposium on Friday where we talked a lot about good and "not so good" maths learners and how we measure if they are good or "not so good", I stumbled on this lovely little presentation on "How can we measure teaching and learning in mathematics?". Just wait for it to load, then click on the screen to go through the prezzi or if you want to see it fullscreen, click on MORE on the bottom right of the prezzi and choose fullscreen)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Marang Symposium Feedback

I attended the Marang symposium at Wits last Friday which considered ways in which we can judge last years examinations by taking a closer look at the papers and assessment structure. The talks centred around the questions:

* What do different ways of classifying questions reveal about the relationship between the intended and examined curriculum?

* What does this reveal about the relationship between the policy documents and practice?

* What role can taxonomies play in analyzing the standard of the examinations, the spread of mathematical and science activities and what do they reveal about nature of the examinations and the conceptualization of the subjects?

Prof Hamsa Venkat kicked off by discussing a critique of the Mathematical Literacy assessment taxonomy. Lynn Bowie looked at it from a mathematics point of view and also examined different taxonomies. Arnout (always entertaining) then did a summary and his take on the issues and perspectives by providing a critique, not only on the two papers, but also on assessment practices regarding maths and maths literacy in general. You can (must) listen to the actual podcasts of the sessions, by clicking On each podcast:

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Hamsa's presentation (View while listening to her podcast):
Critiquing the Mathematical Literacy assessment taxonomy

Lynn's presentation: (View while listening to her podcast):
Cognitive levels and types of mathematical activities

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Africme 3 2010 Conference

The UN through the Education for All (EFA) Framework aims at the elimination of illiteracy in the whole world. EFA focuses on education from kindergarten to high school and ensures that issues of equity and equality in education are addressed at local level. We acknowledge that mathematics is part of EFA framework and in line with ICMI’s aim of promoting international cooperation in mathematics, this congress will provide a forum for mathematics educators, teachers, students, mathematicians, researchers, and policy makers in the African continent and beyond to discuss issues and exchange ideas relating to mathematics education and EFA goals.

The theme of this conference “Mathematics as a Leading edge in the Education for All (EfA) Framework” continues the debate initiated in the second and third congresses. For instance, AFRICME 1 which was held at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, provided an opportunity for participants to debate issues pertaining to “Mathematics Teaching and Teacher Education in the Changing Times”. Discussions in the forum were on emerging trends or patterns in teacher education and mathematics teaching and, in particular addressed inevitable changes resulting from the emergence of technology and research on indigenous knowledge systems.

The second congress, AFICME 2, which was held at Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya, focused on “Embracing Innovative responses to Challenges in Mathematics Instruction” which gave participants an opportunity to debate on a myriad of challenges such as shortage of resources, HIV/AIDS, and political unrest, that are hurdles to mathematical instruction in the continent of Africa. ACFRICME 3, therefore, is a continuation of this series of debates on what role the subject mathematics, despite these constraints, can play in the governments’ endeavor to provide quality, meaningful, and useful education to all.

The objectives of the third Africa Regional Congress of ICMI are:
  1. To provide an opportunity for reflection on AFRICME 1 and AFRICME 2
  2. To promote and encourage the exchange of ideas on how mathematics education can contribute to the achievement of EFA goals in the region and beyond.
  3. Encourage collaborative and/or comparative research in mathematics education at all levels and disseminating the results for policy consumption
  4. To encourage the development of mathematics instructional practices which are relevant to the EFA context
  5. To provide a forum for mathematics educators, mathematicians, policy markers, students and teachers to collaborate and discuss the current developments in mathematics education useful for EFA Framework
Mathematics Education as a leading Edge in the Education for All (EFA) Framework
Papers in the following areas are invited:
  1. Teacher preparation and development
  2. Gender, HIV/AIDS and other equity issues
  3. Instructional, assessment and evaluation issues
  4. Applications of mathematics to real life situations
  5. Integration of ICT in promoting quality mathematics instruction for all
  6. Mathematics education as a critical element in life-long learning or continuous education

The congress invites mathematicians, mathematics educators, teacher educators, teachers, students, curriculum developers, school inspectors, policy makers, researchers, and anybody interested or involved in the teaching and learning of mathematics and EFA framework

Saturday, September 5, 2009

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Friday, August 28, 2009

An Assessment Bank of questions tool

I attended a workshop by the Shuttleworth foundation last weekend where they introduced us to their new baby the Siyavula project where you can download (and create) free (as in gratis) high quality textbooks that are created under the creative commons license for your class. They already have maths and science textbooks available (they are busy loading lots of other subjects accross all grades- so let the other teachers know) but unfortunately no maths lit material yet. They are currently doing workshops around the country to introduce teachers to the Connextions platform from where they are running the project. The idea is that you can use "subject- lenses" or you can compile your own lens of material and lessons. You then have a choice to print the "textbook", store it electronically etc. To contribute to this open source collaborative project you can create a document in their connextions platform and add to the lenses. It even has a maths editor in place. At the moment I find the document creation tool quite difficult (it uses XML), but I am nagging them to provide us with an easy wysiwig tool to create our resources.

But.......if I look at how the teachers are using our maths literacy community ( it seems to me that most of the interest is in downloading/getting tests and exams to use for setting/creating test and exams for our learners. I have therefore asked Mark Horner (the project manager) to create an assessment bank tool for us/the platform. This will in essence mean that we upload (original) questions according to Grade + LO+AS+assessment level+context+language and it will then make it possible to pick (tick) questions, click on a button and it will create the test/exam/assessment tool for us, after which we can edit it to custom suit our needs and print it out as a personalised test/exam on the fly. How does that sound??? Cool hey???!!!

This will require for them to motivate the building of such an assessment bank tool which will require funding. They are not going to do it if local teachers will not contribute (original- creative commons) questions to populate the assessment bank. So this is where I require your buy-in. An assessment bank tool would be an amazing help to us all, but it is not going to work if we do not have commitment from teachers to actively participate in providing questions. They have made it quite clear that we have to motivate the time, money and effort that will have to go into developing a tool like that for us to use freely.

So what do you think - should we pursue this? Will you be able to contribute if they create the tool for us? They have the programmers and will be able to let it happen provided that we will support it.

To talk about this I am scheduling an online session/meeting in my virtual classroom (promise nothing scary) so that we can discuss the feasibility and what we will need them to do for us (what elements should it have to work for us).... How does next Thursday evening at 6h30 pm sound? It will be an ONLINE meeting and you will just have to click on a link to join in (all you have to do to participate is to type with 1/more fingers and if you have a microphone and/or earphones, you will be able to hear/talk as well). I will post detailed instructions to guide you into my "virtual" classroom. (

So please let me know if you will be joining our online meeting or if you have any ideas on the assessment bank idea by click on the comment link below.

Yet another maths blog

Here I am creating yet another blog space. I already facilitate a similar blog space ( which has the exclusive goal of doing advocacy for mathematical literacy (ML) as a subject. As we have this constant battle between mathematics and ML as subject choices, I have decided to split and create a dumping space for my mathematics learning journey, a place where I can keep track of my mathematics resources, discussions and bookmarks.

So if you are looking for mathematics resources from around the web, this is where I will be posting them!