Presented by ORIGO Education Co-founder: Dr Calvin Irons and Lead Author: Peter Stowasser
Date: Saturday, 29th February
Venue: ORIGO Education Head Office: Unit 1, 209 Leitchs Road, Brendale QLD 4500
- Registration from 9:00am.
- Presentations and workshops from 9:30 to 15:00
- Light lunch provided
Overview of Session 1, presented by Dr Calvin Irons:
Computational Thinking is the recognised prerequisite to coding and computer science in general. However, current references to Computational Thinking can be difficult to interpret. This topic is now included in many mathematics curricula and will be part of the new 2021 PISA mathematics assessments. This session will show practical activities involving computational thinking and how it can be incorporated in existing mathematics topics.
Overview of Session 2, presented by Peter Stowasser:
Simple mathematical models are useful for students to form mind pictures that link to powerful thinking strategies for fact fluency. Additionally, these same thinking strategies can be generalised and extended beyond the number fact range. This session will be hands-on as much as it is minds-on. Participants will leave with a range of practical activities and games to use in the classroom.
Tickets are $75 for the full day (Session 1 and 2) and available from our online store by clicking the link below:
Funding is available to help primary schools to access the professional learning they need and forge new partnerships to ensure STEM learning is as active and engaging as possible. For more information on STEM funding http://bit.ly/stemfunding
Dr Calvin Irons has been involved with curriculum development and primary mathematics teaching for over 50 years. For over 39 of those years he taught mathematics to thousands of pre-service primary school teachers at Queensland University of Technology, wrote hundreds of primary mathematics teaching articles and books for the classroom, and conducted workshops across Australia. From 2015 to 2018 for Thailand's Institute for the Promotion of Science and Technology, he wrote PL materials for all of Thailand's primary school mathematics teachers. Calvin is eager to continue progressing Australian mathematics education.
Peter Stowasser is ORIGO Education's Lead Author. He has spoken at numerous math education conferences within Australia and internationally, covering a range of topics across all primary year levels. Peter is now midway through his PhD in mathematics education; his doctoral topic is Epistemic Climates in Primary Mathematics Classrooms. Peter joined ORIGO in 2009 where he has contributed to the development of national and international mathematics programs, including the award-winning Stepping Stones program.