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MAVlist 11:13

Folk,

So, a false spring followed by wet and cold weather. And during the school holidays to boot. Oh well. At least there is plenty of mathematics education news to warm the cockles of your heart:

  1. Maths is Multi-dimensional, Annual Conference, 1 and 2 December 2011
  2. VTAC Mathematics Scaling
  3. Games Days Volunteers Sought
  4. Gathering4Gardner – Celebration of Mind
  5. Teaching English and Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum, Friday, 21 October 2011
  6. Off-Road Algebra
  7. 2012 membership Campaign Underway
  8. CAS & Polynomial Functions | Integrating Mathematical Software into a School Program
  9. The Age and QEDcat
  10. Light from a Bottle of Water
  11. The Steffen Method

1. Maths is Multi-dimensional, Annual Conference, 1 and 2 December 2011

16 extraordinary keynote presentations. Hundreds, hundreds of sessions to choose from. The Minister of Education. Uncertain December weather. Great food. 2,000 mathematics educators in attendance. Synopsis Book already sent to every school in the State. It's back!!!! Registrations are now OPEN at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au/Reg/event.php?eventID=2112

2. VTAC Mathematics Scaling

Cathy Devlyn from PEGS sent in a reminder for all secondary mathematics teachers; the latest VTAC Bulletin discusses changes to VCE Mathematics scaling for 2011 "Modelling indicates the changes are likely to increase the scaled mean of Specialist Mathematics by approximately three, with no observable effect on other subjects." Interesting. Thanks, Cathy. You can read all about it at http://www.vtac.edu.au/pdf/publications/bulletins/bulletin4-11.pdf

3. Games Days Volunteers Sought

The MAV Student Activities Committee reports that the celebrated MAV Games Day program http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/activities/student-activities/student-games-days.html is expanding in 2012. Games Days are all down to the generosity of some great teachers who volunteer their own best efforts and their schools as a venue. The Student Activities Committee thanks all of our wonderful contributors from previous years. For 2012 the Committee is hoping to ADD to the team with additional convenors and school venues sought for all year levels, particularly at years 4 and 9. If you are interested, you need to believe passionately in the value of young people coming together to explore interesting mathematics, a venue al least as big as a basket ball court and a school willing to promote its commitment to mathematics education through support for a Statewide Games Day. Go on! You know your school mathematics team want to do it! E-mail Jennifer Bowden This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it now.

4. Gathering4Gardner – Celebration of Mind

Martin Gardner is the all-time champion popularizer of mathematics. Literally thousands of young mathematicians, two generations’ worth and counting, have been inspired by his writings. On Friday evening, 21 October 2011, on what would have been his 97th birthday, Gardner fans around the globe will be celebrating Martin Gardner's life and works. Come and join us for Melbourne's Gathering4Gardner – Celebration of Mind. The Gathering here in Melbourne will be hosted at the MAV by The Age's Maths Masters, Burkard Polster and Marty Ross. Besides mathematics, Gardner was an avid magician. And unsurprisingly, with his combined interest in clear thinking and sleight of hand, Gardner was a keen critic of pseudoscience and other woolly thinking. So, please come and join Burkard and Marty for a free evening of Martin Gardnerism – maths, magic, mystery and merry debunking. Hear Burkard Polster talk about Marvellous Melbourne Mathematics and listen to Marty Ross talk about Gardner in Wonderland. Read more about the other Martin Gardner gatherings at http://www.g4g-com.org/

Venue: MAV headquarters, Cliveden House, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick.
Cost: FREE (however, places are limited, so please register early http://www.mav.vic.edu.au/component/seminar/ to avoid missing out.)

5. Teaching English and Mathematics in the Australian Curriculum, Friday, 21 October 2011

Our TEAM:P partnership with the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English means we can bring you a great opportunity for primary school teachers to develop an understanding of the Australian Curriculum. Workshops will specifically focus on the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in both Mathematics and English, and a range of teaching and learning ideas along with relevant classroom resources will be explored. Registrations close this coming Friday, 14 October at http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au:20000/Reg/event.php?eventID=379

6. Off-Road Algebra

Paul Pascoe, Maths/ICT teacher at St Francis Xavier College in Berwick Victoria has written a review of a free resource on the Internet called Off-Road Algebra. Read about this resource at Paul Pascoe's web site http://passyworldofmathematics.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/off-road-algebra/. Thanks, Paul.

7. 2012 Membership Campaign Underway

MAV staff have just finished filling envelopes for this term's mail out of Common Denominator, Vinculum and Prime Number (along with a VERY SPECIAL 2012 Professional Development Calendar). So now they are turning their hands to the membership renewal process. And guess what? This year you will be able to handle the entire process online. So, have a quick think about all of the support and services the Mathematical Association of Victoria has been able to offer you and your school for 2011 and open your heart, purse and school order form and get ready to sign on for another year of professional support and succour in 2012. Look out for your e-mail renewal notice (with a reminder of your username and password) and link to the brand spanking new MAV Membership System over the next week or so.

8. CAS & Polynomial Functions | Integrating Mathematical Software into a School Program

Dr Bärbel Barzel is working at the institute for mathematics education and as vice-dean of the faculty of sciences and mathematics at the University of Education in Freiburg. She is active in the field of secondary mathematics education and her research foci are in several ongoing projects about learning with new media, design research on contexts for making sense in mathematics learning and research on professional development. She is active in teachers in-service-training in German and has founded in 1996 T³ in Germany (Teachers Teaching with Technology) and is still active in this project. She is consultant for different curricula- commissions in lower and upper secondary level in Germany and is editor of one the greatest German journals for mathematics teachers.

The Mathematics Education folk at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education invite all teachers to attend two very special seminars by Dr Barzel, Investigating polynomial functions - an open approach with CAS on Thursday, 13 October and Integrating mathematical software into a school program: the "media concept" of a textbook on Thursday, 20 October. Please register with Sarah Clegg This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Both seminars will be held between 3:15pm and 4:15pm in Room Q.372, Level 3, 234 Queensberry Street (you know, the old pink Curriculum Branch building).

9. The Age and QEDcat

Marty Ross and Burkard Polster wrote a couple of weeks ago about winning Tattslotto http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=102 and followed up this week with a piece that ends up with a perfectly rideable square-wheeled bicycle (just in time for the National Ride to Work Day http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/cyclist-finds-the-workride-balance-20111011-1lifw.html) at http://education.theage.com.au/cmspage.php?intid=147&intversion=103

The Maths Masters have also uploaded two delicious clips on the power of arithmetic: http://www.qedcat.com/movieclips.html. Now I know that six time six is thirty seven.

10. Light from a Bottle of Water

Bev Dick shared with the MAV staff a piece of journalism she found particularly inspring. You can listen to the piece yourself at http://uk.reuters.com/video/2011/07/11/bringing-light-to-the-poor-one-liter-at?videoId=216968892. Thanks, Bev.

11. The Steffen Method

The CSIRO folk, with support from the ABS and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute have been doing a grand job with their MathsByEmail newsletter. The latest makes loading an aeroplane easy. Check it out at http://www.csiro.au/helix/mathsbyemail/newsletter/newsletter.html

Well, that is your lot for now. Please let me know of any mathematics education news you are willing to share with the mathematics education community. Anyways, the President, Allason McNamara, and I are off to Wangaratta this Saturday for the VCE Revision lectures to be held there http://registration.mav.vic.edu.au:20000/MavRevLectures/. Until Edition 14, then.

Cheers,

Simon

 

Simon Pryor

Simon Pryor FSAE
Chief Executive Officer
The Mathematical Association of Victoria
Cliveden, 61 Blyth Street
BRUNSWICK VIC 3056
Tel: 03-9380 2399 Fax: 03-9389 0399
http://www.mav.vic.edu.au
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Maths is Multidimensional
Annual Conference & Exhibition, Thursday, 1 & Friday, 2 December 2011

 

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