Monday, 22 June 2015

Microsoft Math – what is it, how do you use it and the benefits of using it with Grade 10-12 Mathematics learners

Maths students at High School often need every bit of support that they can get to help them with their Mathematics skills. That is where Microsoft Math comes in.
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It is a free service originally known as Nokia Maths. All students have to do is register at https://math.microsoft.com and from there on they can use a smartphone,  tablet or PC to access the free service and the materials.  It is also available as a Windows Phone application, which makes the service content accessible offline allowing students to continue practicing even without internet connection! The curriculum for South African students is based on the CAPS curriculum for Grade 10-12 in South Africa.
 
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This service is available in many countries and it adapts to the Maths  curriculum for the particular country. For example, it is also available in Tanzania. Watch secondary and high school students and teachers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania share their experiences with Microsoft Math, and hear from the Director of Teacher Education at the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training in Tanzania about the goals the government has for the service, and what challenges Microsoft Math is helping to overcome.
Students can do Maths exercises, read theory, learn from examples, and take tests. Microsoft Math has been designed to make the learning experience personal, engaging and exciting.

The great things about Microsoft Math is that students can do all of this 24/7! Microsoft Math also adds a social dimension to education, making it possible for students to collaborate and compete with other students. Teachers can use Microsoft Math to motivate, monitor, and track learning and skill levels, giving more specific and individual feedback to students. It's a great tool for enriching the learning experience, engaging students even after school hours and outside classrooms.

How do you transform Mathematics from the most disliked subject in school to every student’s favourite pastime, even beyond school walls? By introducing Microsoft Math!  With holidays coming up it is a good idea to encourage your Grade 10-12 Mathematics students to register for this amazing, free service.

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