The Open Polytechnic is offering fee-free study for Level 7 Graduate Certificates in Primary Mathematics and Primary Science Teaching, to enable working classroom teachers to become specialist maths or science teachers.
Each Certificate is comprised of five courses which can be completed over two years with no fees. The courses are delivered online to assist teachers who may be geographically isolated from traditional professional development opportunities, while providing access to a mentor (an experienced teacher) during the year. There is a mix of readings, case studies, videos and interactive resources, many of these are classroom-ready for immediate use.
The award-winning course design is based on inquiry-learning and the belief that mathematics and science can be fun.
These qualifications are Level 7 NZQA accredited, with courses written by Primary teachers and expert Teacher educators in consultation with Principals and teachers.
Can your students win $6000 in New Zealand's Next Top Engineering Scientist?
This fun and challenging day long competition is for teams of three to four senior students, who have interests in mathematics and science. The 2015 competition will run near the start of term 3, on Saturday the 1st of August. The problem is revealed at 9am in the morning and students work in their teams to provide a solution by 6pm of that day. First prize is $6,000 plus there are two runner-up prizes of $2,000. For more information and to register your team(s) see the Department of Engineering Science website at the University of Auckland: Registrations close Friday 24th of July.
Here is a reminder that registrations for the conference close on Thursday June 25. Further information on workshops and registration details can be found on the conference website: http://nzamtconference2015.co.nz/
Applications are invited for the 2016 Mathematics Teacher Fellowship in the Department of Mathematics, University of Auckland.
The successful candidate will spend one year in the university academic environment, reading and reflecting on issues related to mathematics education. The Fellow will also engage in professional development of their choice and participate in public lectures, university outreach, university study, and linking with former students.
Normally, the Fellow would receive leave from their employer to take up the Fellowship so that their school salary and conditions of service are preserved. The Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland will negotiate details of salary payment with the school of the successful applicant. It is hoped that at the conclusion of the Fellowship, on returning to his/her school the Fellow will be able to use the experience to stimulate and enthuse their colleagues and students and promote increased school–tertiary co–operation....................
New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers supports this PD related to NZQA Pilot Assessments happening in 2015 hosted through Education Perfect. We have organised with Education Perfect that all of our members will get free entry if you use our code NZAMT when you register (standard entry is $30 per teacher).
Message from Education Perfect with more information below.
Education Perfect will be running informative PD sessions around NZ about the NZQA Pilot Assessments taking place on Education Perfect in 2015, and providing more information about the Education Perfect learning platform.
We are aware that teachers have had a very busy first term and some teachers keen to share their ideas in a presentation may not have found the time to write an abstract for the NZAMT 2015 conference. Hence we have extended the date for submission of abstracts to May 6th. Do register and submit your abstracts online as soon as possible AMA scholarships for attendance at this year’s NZAMT conference
NZAMT14 Conference 7th to 10th July at AUT, Auckland
This year AMA will be sponsoring Provisionally Registered Teachers (PRT’s) and Registered Teachers who wish to attend and/or present a workshop at this year’s NZAMT conference in Auckland. These scholarships are for current mathematics and statistics teachers who would be unable to attend the conference without support from the Auckland Mathematical Association.
Amount: AMA will pay up to a maximum of $400, which is to be used for conference fees. Receipts for registration must be forwarded for reimbursement / payment to the AMA office at email@example.com
Maths Week continues again this year. It is being held from Monday August 10th until Friday August 14th. Last year there were over 164,545 students registered throughout New Zealand. This year we are confident there will be more! Maths Week is written for all students from Year 1 through to Year 11. The type of mathematics written in Maths Week is aimed particularly at applying the subject in a bright attractive way to all sorts of things which are relevant to student’s lives. It is written to appeal to students and is related to the curriculum with a different emphasis. The Challenge Section will have the popular Daily Dollar Questions and the Survivor Series Challenges for all Levels of students. This year the interactive and popular “Who wants to be a Maths Millionaire?” continues. This has been very well received by students and teachers in the past and this year it is fully interactive. Some of “Maths Millionaire” challenges will be on themes. The themes include the Great Pyramids, Songs, Shapes, Logic, famous mathematicians, … There will be two Maths Millionaire challenges each day. One for senior students and one for junior students. This year a new section has been added. This is an interactive section on rail trips throughout New Zealand. There will be one trip each day. All the Challenges are written in Word and in PDF form for easy access by students and Teachers. Answers will be provided for Teachers along with suggestions as to how the challenges can be worked. Teachers should register early on www.mathsweek.org.nz. to gain these. The very popular Games Section will be updated but similar to last year. These will be interactive.
A workshop to solve thought-provoking and industry relevant challenges through mathematics is being held in New Zealand after a gap of nine years. Join an assembly of New Zealand’s and Australia’s brightest maths minds on 29 June to 3 July, at Massey University Auckland to work on solving complex questions. Attendance is free for participating mathematicians, together with all other mathematical scientists, and subsidies are expected for postgraduate students to attend. Teachers of mathematics are welcome as well. A number of New Zealand businesses, including Compac Sorting, will be involved and are now identifying the challenges they need solved.
Up to six core business problems will be presented to participating mathematicians by businesses. In these workshops, industrial organisations present problems from their own context, and then subgroups are formed to develop solutions during the week, culminating in a review session on the final day. A plenary address will be given by a leading international industrial mathematical scientist. Publication of reports is encouraged for the ANZIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics (Series E).
The newly formed Mathematics-in-Industry New Zealand (MINZ) is running the event, led by Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Group (ANZIAM) and Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet), and is supported by Centre for Mathematics-in-Industry Massey University, AUT Mathematical Sciences Group, Te Pūnaha Matatini (the Complex Systems Centre) and Callaghan Innovation.
Engineering E2E – highlighting career opportunities for students
The Government’s goal to increase the number of engineering graduates by 500+ per year by 2017 opens up great opportunities for your Mathsstudents.
While some job hunters with ‘popular’ degrees might experience difficulty in finding work, that’s not the case for engineering graduates. In fact, there’s a huge shortage of engineers graduating with a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) or Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Level 7). In response to the demand for more graduates with these qualifications, the Government aims to increase the numbers of students enrolling in institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).
In September 2014, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced that the Government would allocate an extra $40 million (on top of the $52 million in the 2012/2013 budgets) to reach its target of 500 more engineering graduates per year from 2017.
The Tertiary Education Commission established the Engineering Education-to-Employment (E2E) initiative in mid-2014 to help achieve the Government’s goal of increasing engineering graduates. E2E works with engineering employers and ITPs to raise awareness of opportunities and alternative pathways in engineering and target preparation for engineering study such as bridging and foundation courses.