This free online course for teachers will train them to make math less intimidating for students – Edexlive

One of the biggest challenges in school education in India is the teaching of mathematics. While some students understand, for some it is hard, which then leads to fear and inhibition. This, in turn, could impact their entire career or further education, as they fear going into science-related fields or choosing options where they can avoid math. To address this issue, IT for Change, an NGO in Bengaluru, and Commonwealth of Learning are offering a four-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled Teaching Mathematics with Technology. The course is scheduled to start on November 16 and is free for teachers worldwide.

The course will focus on training teachers to use Geogebra, a free and open source software application (FOSS) that will help them create resources to teach mathematical concepts differently and in an interesting and unconventional way. Grades 6-10 math teachers, math educators, and teachers of related technical subjects like STEM can join this to learn the software. GeoGebra is an interactive geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus application, intended for learning and teaching mathematics and science from elementary school through university. It is easily available on multiple platforms.

Gurumurthy Kasinathan speaking at the launch of IT for Change’s ICT Integrated Learning Course for undergraduate students

Director, IT for Change, Gurumurthy Kasinathan, who is also the course coordinator, tells us that most teachers are unaware of this software and its benefits. “The way we teach math today is the same way we taught maybe 20 years ago, students don’t really understand all the concepts. With software, teachers can teach math differently, you can visualize real problems on the software, understand them better, understand the concept behind an equation, discuss a theorem and more.It can be used to teach most subjects including statistics, probability.IT for Change has been running workshops with the help of Geogebra for 8-9 years, this time we had the opportunity to work with the Commonwealth of Learning and I wanted to offer it to teachers around the world.”

He adds that MOOCs are not like full-time courses and teachers can learn at their own pace within four weeks. “We work with public schools and we have seen that children are afraid of mathematics. Thanks to this, their attitude can change towards the subject. The way we teach can have a significant impact on the understanding of math by the child. The main goal is to make math less daunting for school children,” he explains.

The Commonwealth of Learning, which collaborated with IT for Change for this MOOC, is an intergovernmental Commonwealth organization headquartered in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Established in 2000, IT for Change is a Bangalore-based NGO working to build a society in which digital technologies contribute to human rights, social justice and equity.

Here is the link to register for the course: https://www.mooc4dev.org/user/login?enroll=359

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