Friday, 13 July 2012 16:38

Too Cool for School

LOL

Here are the names of fictitious book titles and authors. Read the book title and author’s name to see how they are related. Can you make up a similar funny book title and author?

“To Right the Wrong” by E. Raser (Eraser)

“The Arctic Ocean” by I.C. Waters (Icy Waters)

“Crime Does Not Pay” by Lauren Orda (Law and Order)


Did You Know?

One quarter of the bones in your body are in your feet!

 

Things We Think Are Awesome

 

The children at Ambleside C.E. Primary School in the UK create their own Maths online games during their Numeracy Hour. Here are some of the programs made by the pupils either individually or as a group.

 

Your Number's up! -This is a four player game (5 if someone is in charge of the mouse). Made completely by Callum, Jennifer, James, Alex, Pieran (and play tested by Jonathan)!

 

THE TABLE TREES - Practise your tables with this great activity designed by Tarn and Alex in Year 4.

 

THE TOTALLY MENTAL MACHINE - challenging mental arithmetic "real world" problems! - Thanks to the children who invented the questions and defined the random number ranges to create just the right amount of challenge!

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Friday, 13 July 2012 15:12

Maths Corner

Are fractions frustrating you? Need to know the difference between a numerator and a denominator? Well, the best place to start is back at the beginning as solid foundation skills are essential. This edition of the CAMI Express explores the basics and uses cake to do so! So, if you want to know more, read more!

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Friday, 13 July 2012 14:13

Welcome

 Welcome to the latest edition of The CAMI Express, the quarterly newsletter from CAMI Worldwide.

 

This issue is packed with hints and tips on how to get the most out of CAMI. There is something for everyone. We now have an Education News segment entitled “What They Are Saying”. In this segment we share the views of Prof Matt Sanders from the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre.

We welcome your feedback. Enjoy!

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In each edition of the CAMI Express our tutors will take a look at a Maths topic to help our students with their studies. This month one of our Maths tutors, Imran, explains Integers and Whole Numbers. 

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EITHER we skill up to teach mathematics effectively at high school or produce generations of Australians who are ill-equipped for the modern economy and top jobs, Nobel prize winner Brian Schmidt has warned.

The Australian National University astrophysicist delivered the blunt assessment ahead of his address at Maths for the Future forum run by the Australian Mathematical Science Institute.

Professor Schmidt said it was dangerous for Australia to undervalue maths as it provided ''the foundation for most skilled professions, whether you are a builder, an astronomer or an economist.''

"If you get left behind at high school, nothing we do at university will save you; it's just not going to happen," Professor Schmidt said. "To do a highly skilled job you need maths. We need to formulate a plan for reversing alarming shortages in maths, statistics and engineering enrolments at universities.”

Earlier, Chief Scientist Ian Chubb said: "This is a national issue. It's not insurmountable but it will take a lot of hard work . . . the better we do it now, the better this future will be. The real issue is why maths learning is in decline, and what we can do about that. It is about making mathematics more relevant.”

Professor Schmidt said the decline in maths learning in Australia would soon lead to shortages across a range of professions, from engineers and scientists, to public policy workers lacking numerical literacy. Sound maths knowledge is also required for every day skills such as ''balancing your cheque book or interpreting facts and figures in the media''.

"Not everyone needs calculus, but everyone needs a certain level of proficiency," Schmidt said. So it is important to "make sure the skill set of the teachers at primary level is there and, if not, we need to train them up, primary teachers needed to be able to pass on basic skills.”

Secondary teaching needs "to be taught by people who are specialists in the curriculum, people who have done a considerable amount of maths at university, such as calculus and algebra. The evidence is that many teachers have that competency, but some do not. And every time we have someone who does not, we lose those classes (of students)."

''In the end I believe it comes down to education, education, education. The earliest years of school are the easiest place to start. Let's ensure our primary school teachers are educated and comfortable in the curriculum, and let's follow it on at the secondary level with teachers well qualified in maths and also trained in teaching techniques.''

The director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, Professor Geoff Prince, said maths and statistical skills were in high demand across all sectors of the economy and many students are unaware that closing the door on mathematics at school would limit their future career options.

If you are concerned about your child’s future, at CAMI our expert tutors can create tailored maths courses using our specialised educational software to boost your child’s skills in Maths. Our programs and tutoring support complement what your child learns in school and can help improve proficiency in areas your child might struggle. If your child has difficulties with maths, don’t let them get left behind, get on board with CAMI today!

Contact us

If you have any questions, need tutoring support, or would like some advice about your child’s education. You can reach us on AUS: 1300 799 842 | NZ: 0800 958 808 10.30am to 9.00pm EST Monday to Friday or via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Further Reading

Nobel Winner’s Plea for Maths

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/nobel-winners-plea-for-maths/story-e6frgcjx-1226265075074

Nobel Winner says “Maths Counts”

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/nobel-winner-says-maths-counts/2446112.aspx

Mathematics Experiencing 'Identity Crisis'

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-07/mathematics-conference-canberra/3814926?section=act

How to make Maths Cool

http://www.smh.com.au/national/figuring-how-to-make-maths-and-science-cool-20120207-1r5bg.html#ixzz1lwDBpNj2

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