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  • It Takes More Than Academic Success to Thrive
  • It Takes More Than Academic Success to Thrive
  • It Takes More Than Academic Success to Thrive
  • It Takes More Than Academic Success to Thrive
  • It Takes More Than Academic Success to Thrive
  • It Takes More Than Academic Success to Thrive

Academic grades are no longer enough; education must be enriched with practical skills for pupils to flourish in their future careers. Technological and economic advances are shaping our world at an incomprehensibly rapid pace, especially when it comes to artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, algorithms and biology. Such developments mean that today’s pupils young need to complete school and university with more than a selection of academic qualifications. Grades are no longer enough for young people to thrive in modern careers, which often require increasingly demanding digital and practical skills. The Telegraph in the UK has reported that:
  • Repton School Dubai Pupils Score Top Marks in IB Programmes

Repton School Dubai Pupils Score Top Marks in IB Programmes 25% of Repton School Dubai pupils have scored over 40 points in their 2020 IB Diplomas. Repton School Dubai, the sister school of Repton Malaysia, is celebrating record-breaking results that this year’s pupils have achieved in their International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. Around a quarter of Repton School Dubai pupils achieved over 40 points in the rigorous, interdisciplinary exams, a huge achievement. Meanwhile, 43% of pupils achieved at least 36 points, a credit to the school’s endeavours to help every pupil to excel. Repton and their Dubai partner school make

Making Maths Virtual Classes Engaging

The educational sector is one of the most affected sectors by the COVID-19 outbreak.

As soon as the pandemic was declared, students and teachers stopped going to school. Many of us are teaching remotely for almost a year. As a maths teacher, I always wanted to ensure effective mathematics classes and deep learning is taking place. How do we keep our students engaged when teaching remotely?

Here are a few of my favourite apps and online tools that helped me keep the class engaging when teaching remotely

Google Slides

A simple yet versatile way to teach mathematics remotely. Google automatically saves each slide, the toolbar is user-friendly, and the slides can be shared (and saved) by students.

In my classes, I used equation slides to encourage my students to calculate maths problems. This process gave chances to students to use their conceptual knowledge. It also supports their procedural knowledge, practice calculation precision, and learn from each other as student-generated solutions appeared on the screen/chat.

Desmos

A free website with interactive maths activities and a graphing calculator (also available as an app on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android).

When I was teaching how to graph polar coordinates, Desmos helped me to make high-quality images for assessments and presentations. It allowed me to support students’ learning by connecting mathematical concepts to concrete, real-world shapes, and pictures.

Pear Deck

Pear Deck is an online platform for teachers to create interactive presentations and “real-time” formative assessments. Providing feedback is challenging when teaching remotely, however, with Pear Deck it allows the teachers to see the response of the students and provide them feedback immediately.

Pear Deck can be used with Google Slides and Google Classroom. In Google Slides, the app is used as an add-on to insert interactive question directly to the presentation. At the end of the week, I can gauge how students were able to cope with their homework using an interactive slide.

GeoGebra

GeoGebra is an app that helps students (and teachers) understand maths concepts by solving problems and checking solutions. It can be used as a dynamic worksheet where students can use to complete their investigation or create interactive materials for students to explore.

This academic year will definitely a challenging for every teacher. Learning a few apps/tools will help our teaching and will even help our students. Along with our familiar, comforting, and encouraging presence (even virtual), learning can be still be fun and engaging.


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