Technology: a resource for insight and understanding in mathematics and statistics

Neil Sheldon

15:00-16:00, Thursday 30 June

Session description

Much of the teaching and learning of maths is unchanged over decades or even centuries; Euler would recognise all of the pure mathematics curriculum, and mechanics is Newtonian! Even statistics teaching is too often rooted in the methods of the mid twentieth century. Technology is sometimes viewed with suspicion: it's not real maths, it does away with the need to think. In this session, Neil will argue the exact opposite: the judicious use of technology in teaching and learning enhances understanding and develops insight, and the ability to use technology is what our students will need in their future study, their employment and as citizens.

This session is suitable for all Key Stage 5 teachers of maths and statistics.

Interests: A level Mathematics / Further MathematicsUse of technology in teaching maths

About Neil Sheldon

Neil Sheldon was a teacher for over 40 years, and then spent 4 years as the Royal Statistical Society's Vice President for Education and Statistical Literacy. He was on the curriculum team for the International Data Science in Schools Project, and he is the current Chair of the Teaching Statistics Trust. Neil has been an examiner since the 1970s, setting and moderating a wide range of qualifications including MEI A levels and Cambridge STEP.