General advice

To make effective use of technology in mathematics it is important to consider how it is used by both the students and the teachers.

Student use of technology

To fully realise the potential of technology for learning mathematics it is important for students to use mathematical technology themselves and not just observe the teacher operating it. Guidance on appropriate student tasks is given at: Student tasks for using technology.

Teacher use of technology

With the use of appropriate software it is possible to help students understand mathematics better through the use of dynamic graphs and calculations. Guidance on appropriate software is given at: Software.

Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs)

Using another program, e.g. the internet/Excel/Autograph, alongside the the whiteboard software means that ICT can be inserted seamlessly into lessons when appropriate. In addition to this the act of dragging or moving graphs/diagrams can be powerful when explaining a mathematical concept, especially if multiple representations of the same object can be displayed on the screen (e.g. equation, table and graph). For more information, see the document Teaching Maths with an IWB.

You may also find the following pages on our website and external websites useful:

IWB Maths
Useful Autograph tools for Interactive Whiteboards
The Whiteboard Blog
Software and Supporting MEI Resources
TSM resources Technology for Secondary/College Mathematics


Digital technologies and mathematics education (JMC)

NCETM Report into the use of digital technologies in mathematics classrooms

Enabling enhanced mathematics teaching with interactive with interactive whiteboards Keele University Final Report for the NCETM

Using ICT in Maths Becta

Using ICT to put learners in touch with mathematics  Adrian Oldknow