IIT-B announces first ever national conference on Mathematics
In another one of its rather unique initiatives, IIT Bombay has announced its first ever national conference on mathematics education on December 8 and 9. Dubbed as Technology and Innovation in Math Education (TIME), the conference is targeted at K-5 mathematics teachers and educators.
“This conference is a part of an outreach programme towards math education started by us in 2005,” explains Inder K Rana, convener of the conference and professor, department of mathematics, IIT-B. “It is our modest effort to create a platform where math teachers, math educators, technology providers and technology users in math education, at primary level, could come together and discuss and exchange their ideas and innovations in math education,” he adds.
The conference, aims to reach out to a cross section of the society involved in math education including in-service teachers, educators and parents, will be held at the IIT Bombay campus. An array of math related activities and events have been organised for the day.
Various talks from teachers are invited which will be conducted along with talks by academicians and experts on topics such as ‘Issue of technology in mathematics education’ and ‘Innovative practices in math education’.
Apart from these, short 15-minute presentations by teachers on their existing practices and efforts to integrate technology with teaching, have also been organised.Group discussion on numbers, algebra, shapes and space, measurements and data have also been slotted for the period.
The event will also host a series of hand-on workshops on the use and integration of technology in teaching and learning mathematics such as, the role and use of calculator and ipad.
Another workshop will be conducted on using geogebra, derived from geometry and algebra, which is a free dynamic geometry software that is easy to learn and can be used for visualisations in Geometry and Algebra teaching.
“To sum it up, we aim to expose teachers to technological tools in teaching, give opportunities to interact with fellow teachers and experts, to exchange ideas and learn from each other,” states Rana.