This is a guest post written by Lisa G who is an ITC teacher in Cape Town. Lisa was a Microsoft Innovative finalist in South Africa in 2011 and she keeps an interesting ITC blog http://icteducator.blogspot.com/. I saw this post on her blog this week and asked her if I could use it as a guest post. Last year I wanted to participate in World Maths Day but didn’t get registered in time. So, don’t be like me…prepare well in advance. You’ll need to start now!
World Maths Day is coming up on 7 March 2012. Have you considered participating?
As a school we have taken part and it was a great experience for everyone. Its really simple. All you need to do is get permission from parents, register the children, and then follow the instructions that are very clearly laid out on their website.
It looks from the Pre-registration that one now signs up for World Spelling/Maths/Science Day. Even better!
I registered the children who wanted to take part, and then each day from the time that "practice" begins, they can come in and get used to how the whole event works. I do this so that it is not a surprise when they get to the timed event - they are confident and ready for action! What I also enjoy about this, is that they can log on at home and continue to practice or compete after school in their own time.
The best was listening to their excited shrieks of "I'm playing against Japan!" or "I am playing against India!" or "I am playing against someone in Australia!" Suddenly the world was bigger than our ICT Lab and we embraced every moment of it! We got a report back on how each child did and how we achieved as a school.
I am really looking forward to registering our learners for these events again this year. Why don't you?
Wishing all a wonderfully educational 2012!