Mathematical Concept Development for Secondary School Students through E-Learning

To promote mathematics e-Learning in local secondary schools, The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) initiated a project titled “Mathematical Concept Development for Secondary School Students through E-Learning” with generous donation from the Li Ka Shing Foundation (LKSF). The project aims to equip local pre-service and in-service teachers with quality teaching methods as well as rich learning and teaching resources, which will in turn enrich the learning experience of students in Hong Kong.

The project will deploy Cornerstone Maths, an e-Learning platform developed by SRI International together with the University College London (UCL) Knowledge Lab, with funding support from the LKSF. Cornerstone Maths deploys Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for establishing visualisation and interactivity elements in the platform to facilitate the communication and formation of mathematical concepts in the learning process. Cornerstone Maths targets at junior secondary students and covers a few curriculum units with teaching and learning resources readily available.


EdUHK Promotes E-Learning Platform “Cornerstone Maths”

 

The Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology (LTTC) concluded a two-day summer camp on 16 – 17 July 2018,  which provided over 150 students from six local secondary schools and their teachers with first-hand experience in Cornerstone Maths, an e-learning platform successfully used in schools in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The masterminds behind Cornerstone Maths are Professor Celia Hoyles and Professor Richard Noss of the University College London (UCL) Knowledge Lab, who began in the 1990s with research on the use of dynamic representations to change mathematics education. Cornerstone Maths was subsequently developed by world-renowned SRI International, in collaboration with the UCL Knowledge Lab, with funding support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation (LKSF).

The two-day summer camp was a pilot run to pave way for the official launch and introduction of Cornerstone Maths for more local secondary students to help them learn and grasp key mathematical ideas and concepts related to linear functions through the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into lessons with representations and simulations, such as visual and interactive graphs, tables and equations. It equips local pre-service and in-service teachers with quality teaching methods to enrich the learning experience of students in Hong Kong.

During the camp, junior secondary students and teachers from Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School, Ho Lap College (Sponsored by the Sik Sik Yuen), Our Lady of the Rosary College, S.K.H. Lam Kau Mow Secondary School, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School, and Wah Yan College, Kowloon, were actively engaged in the learning of Cornerstone Maths, with EdUHK students serving as mentors.

EdUHK President Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung says the University is pleased to be part of this innovative Mathematics education project. EdUHK President Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung presents participating students with certificates.
Professor Kong Siu-cheung, Director of Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology, feels encouraged by the positive response from teachers. Group Discussion
Student completed the workbook questions by
referring to the graph on Cornerstone Maths online platform
Sharing and discussion with the secondary school teachers

 

Acknowledgement: Cornerstone Maths was originally conceived following a charitable donation from the Li Ka Shing Foundation and Hutchison Whampoa Europe Limited. It was introduced into 124 UK schools under a successful partnership between SRI International and the London Knowledge Lab.

 

 

 

 

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