Information and resources relevant to maths teachers in NQ and FNQ:
These organisations offer special events and resources for mathematicians and mathematics teachers:
» Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers (QAMT)
The QAMT is affiliated with the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT) and has branches in Cairns and Townsville. Members are drawn from pre-school teaching to tertiary education, and from State, Catholic, independent and TAFE systems. The organisation provides professional development activities, professional and student journals and competitions.
» Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)
» CSIRO Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools
Phone: (07) 4753 8635
Ever wondered if you can actually get a job as a mathematician? Your students are probably wondering, too.
Inspire your students with quality resources. These links provide information about the types of careers that are possible for people studying mathematics. Pick and choose for maths fairs, maths camps, parent/teacher nights, or lessons.
» AMSI Maths Adds
The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute profiles students and interns in interesting career paths. There is also a section that features past job advertisements to give an indication of what is possible for a career in maths.
» Queensland STEM Education Network
JCU is part of the Queensland STEM Education Network, which provides resources to enhance interest and knowledge in STEM subjects and careers.
External Resource Collections
» ABC Splash
A dedicated area for STEM subjects is now available, with particular emphasis on design and robotics.
» Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)
AMSI Calculate provides resources and materials for the classroom, including videos that demonstrate the wide use of mathematics in the real world.
» Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT)
The AMT is a national not-for-profit organisation that holds mathematics and informatics competitions, administers enrichment activities, conducts workshops for students and teachers, and publishes books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students.
» Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT)
The CIMT Resources webpage lists broad categories that can be searched, and specialises in providing activities that have real life applications.
» Cool Australia
Cool Australia provides real world learning activities and professional development with a sustainability focus. Select mathematics activities using the subject filter. It is free to register and receive their newsletter.
» Digital Technologies Hub
The Digital Technologies Hub website will support you to implement the digital technologies curriculum.
» Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
HHMI's Biointeractive website provides access to real data. Look for the navigation menu Resource Types to source classroom resources, interactive media and teacher guides.
» Islands in Schools Project
The Islands in Schools Project enables students to collect life-like statistics, and includes:
- A virtual, online set of islands and inhabitants: you can call the islanders up, ask them permission to collect some data and then survey them, take their blood pressure, ask about their mood, etc. This is a fantastic experience for students needing a realistic view of how data is really collected and analysed.
- Activities ranging from Years 7-10 with task descriptions, questions to ask your students and sample findings.
NASA's Space Math website is filled with wonderful resources, especially datasets, for use in the classroom. Their free downloadable books offer space maths programs, according to year level, e.g. calculating the height of a cloud, and tracking a sea turtle by satellite.
NRICH caters for teachers of different age groups. The best way to find resources is to search by topic, and narrow down to the most relevant information using the index at the top of the results of your search.
Videos on YouTube's Veritasium channel are fun, educational, and will capture your students’ attention and imagination.
Watch the Veritasium Teaser now:
A collection of external websites that have been chosen because teachers in NQ and FNQ have used them regularly and in innovative ways:
» Make your own jigsaw puzzles
Easily create, print out, save and exchange customised jigsaws, domino activities and a variety of rectangular card sort activities. Formulator Tarsia is free and so easy to use.
» Ready-to-use puzzles
Choose your topic, then click on the Lessons link to find tarsia puzzles. Of course, Mr Barton Maths has much, much more for teachers and students – logic puzzles, rich tasks and activities.
Make your own online quizzes for your students using Kahoot. There are also many maths quizzes already available on the site to sue or modify (search on the maths topic you are after).
What's that, you ask?
We are all familiar with jamming phenomena in various transportation systems, such as cars and buses, but have you ever seen it in ants? Interdisciplinary research on jamming of self-driven particles has been recently termed jamology. It is based on mathematical physics and also includes engineering applications. So, if you want to be a jamologist, then you might become a traffic engineer or a zoologist.
In this video, Dr Katsuhiro Nishinari of the University of Tokyo discusses the simple mathematical models that support his research into traffic jams.