Use of Technology
MEI's position on the use of technology
MEI believes that technology should be embedded within the teaching, learning and assessment of mathematics. It aids understanding and enables problems to be addressed that would be impractical or inefficient to tackle without it.
MEI believes that all students should have access to a mathematical and statistical graphing tool throughout their study of mathematics. The choice of tools should be made by individual schools/colleges. MEI endeavours to support teachers in making the most effective use of these tools in the classroom through providing professional development and resources.
Use of technology in the new A level Mathematics
The subject guidance for A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics states:
“The use of technology, in particular mathematical and statistical graphing tools and spreadsheets, must permeate the study of AS and A level mathematics.”
For A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics students require a calculator that can calculate Binomial and Normal probabilities directly from values. The minimum standard for this is an advanced scientific calculator, such as the Casio 991EX ClassWiz or the TI-30X Pro. In addition to this the use of graphing tools should permeate the study. There are two main ways to achieve this:
- Students use a graphical calculator instead of an advanced scientific.
- Students have access to some other graphing tool during their study, such as GeoGebra or Desmos, alongside their advanced scientific.
We have produced guidance on integrating technology into your scheme of work for both of these approaches, including classroom ready materials for GeoGebra, Desmos and Casio graphical calculators:
Integrating technology into your scheme of work
You might also be interested in MEI's technology-based A level Further Pure unit: Further Pure with Technology (FPT).
Video: Integrating technology into the teaching and learning of mathematics
You may find the links below to a relevant page on an external website useful:
CPD in the use of technology in mathematics
CPD is available in the use of technology in mathematics. If you would like this to be delivered at your school/college or other appropriate venue, please contact MEI’s Learning Technologies Specialist to organise a convenient date.
To view all future MEI CPD events please see:
MEI professional development events and live webinars
Please use the links below and left to navigate to pages containing more information about the following:
Integrating Technology into your scheme of work Student Tasks for using Casio Graphical Calculators
Student Tasks for using Desmos
Student Tasks for using GeoGebra
GeoGebra Institute of MEI
Software and Supporting MEI Resources
MEI Conference sessions
You may also find these handouts from the MEI Conference 2017 useful:
Statistics: Introducing the Normal distribution using graphing technology
Using graphical calculators in the new A level Mathematics
Teaching Further Pure using graphing technology
Student tasks for Integrating technology into the new maths A levels
Teaching numerical methods using graphing technology
Using technology to investigate differential equations (FPT & more)
Using GeoGebra to support problem solving in the A level Mathematics
Teaching parametric equations using graphing technology
Teaching statistics using graphing technology
NCETM Report into the use of digital technologies in mathematics classrooms