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Using Technology

Functional Skills & GCSE resit

Your experience of teaching online during the Covid-19 pandemic may have given you an appetite to make more use of technology in the classroom. 

There’s a plethora of technological resources available. Some of the best are tools that provide dynamic imagery such as Autograph, Desmos, and GeoGebra. Using such tools gives GCSE Mathematics resit and Functional Skills Mathematics students access to mathematical ideas in ways they may not have seen before. It can help you identify areas of difficulty and misconceptions, and can provide activities to help students to address problems that would otherwise be impractical or inefficient to tackle. Importantly, it also develops skills they may need for further study and in the workplace.

Ideally, the use of technology within the teaching, learning and assessment of maths should be fully embedded in maths teaching and learning, with all students having access to mathematical technologies throughout their study of maths.

Resources

Explore the resources we offer to support the use of technology in the teaching and learning of GCSE Mathematics.

Special access arrangements

OCR has produced some helpful guidance on the use of technology as part of special access arrangements for maths assessment for students with specific access needs. This includes how an emulator, or other software such as Autograph, GeoGebra or Desmos, can be used in place of a calculator.

GeoGebra

MEI is a GeoGebra Institute. We support teachers and students by providing:

Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

Desmos

MEI works closely with Desmos. We support teachers and students by providing:

Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

Further support

The choice of which technologies to use is clearly for you or your college to decide; however. we can help you to use them effectively by providing professional development.

Is there room for improvement in the way your maths team uses technology to support your maths students? A one-day course or series of shorter sessions from MEI’s GCSE resit and functional maths specialists focusing on technology will make a difference.

If you would like any advice on using technology, please get in touch