To celebrate London 2012, the Millennium Mathematics Project at the University of Cambridge has developed free online mathematical resources exploring maths and science through the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
• Mathsweek is sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the N.Z.A.M.T. It is available to all students and teachers.
• The aims of Maths Week are to keep students interested in mathematics and to give teachers resources which they can use in the classroom.
• The resources are written to give extra emphasis on the joys of mathematics and where it is used in our society. It compliments and updates mathematics textbooks and gives teachers resources which require research which may not be readily available to them.
• Maths Week resources are available to teachers, parents and students via the www.mathsweek.org.nz web-site from Monday August 13th to August 19th.
• Hard copy for teachers Is available in PDF in the week before Maths Week this year. This includes the answers to all except the Millionaire Challenges.
• ‘Trade Me’ type auctions for prizes using Maths Week Dollars will take place for students during Maths Week. Over five hundred dollars worth of prizes are available in the auctions.
• This year the auctions will be run for students of each Year group. There will be five different sets of auctions. Each will have their own prize lists.
• Last year there were over 73 000 students and teachers who registered on the site. This year registration is much easier and will be a requirement of all who want to use the Maths Week site.
• Maths Week is for all mathematics students from Year 1 to Year 11.
When the matrix for level 2 NCEA was developed it was recognised by members of the NZAMT executive that lesser mathematically able students in year 12, who have sufficient credits to achieve NCEA at level 1, may not have nationally recognised courses in mathematics available to them at level 2.
ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS WHO PROVIDE MATHEMATICS TUTORING
The executive of the New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers would like to remind all teachers and tutoring organisations that the resources on their web site are for in school use only.
Schools registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to administer NCEA can purchase a password which gives them access to these tasks. Teachers work together to develop the tasks to assist with consistency for in school assessments and in support of their colleagues. The resources are the intellectual property of NZAMT and may only be used by subscribing schools for use in their school only.
Where organisations have tutors who have access to these tasks they are acting illegally in allowing their tutors to use them. This is becoming an increasing problem for schools who wish to use the tasks for in school assessment.
Where a provider is identified as being in breach of this, action will be taken and the right of access to the tasks by the school associated with the tutor will have their access withdrawn.
The Mathematical association Trust Board is set up to make grants to individuals or groups in mathematics, statistics, or mathematical and statistical education to assist with research projects, resource development or other activity of endeavour that would benefit the teaching community.
Applications are invited for 2012
In 2012 $3500 will be available.
Closing date for applications will be June 29.
Additional information if required from the Trust Secretary, Mark Phillips
The Ministry and NZQA have been working with subject experts to improve the draft level 3 achievement standards. These standards are the basis for the assessment resources being developed and trialled. They have been watermarked as "Post Consultation Draft". All available draft assessment resources and next versions of the standards will be published by 31 May 2012 as "Draft - For School Planning Purposes Only".