The future of mathematics and statistics requires computational thinking. Three trends in the future of mathematics and statistics are clear: i. the growth in computational resources, both in the capacity of computers to handle and process data, and in the expansion of computer-intensive methods in mathematics and statistics ii. the exponential growth in available data, and the rapid change in access and type of available data (big data) iii. the increase in interest, understanding, and place of artificial intelligence (AI) in society
Interesting report on the state of Mathematics teaching and learning in NZ. Sobering reading. Teachers experience poor math skills daily, simple percentage calculations are beyond many year 9 students (and even senior students). Computation thinking incorporated into Digital Technologies is on the decline. I doubt if some schools will even teach it in a few years time. At WEGC numbers taking computing have declined such that only a part time computing teacher is required, there used to be 2-3 teachers! As the report suggest this will have grave consequences for NZ as a nation in the future.
Year 10 market day at East was a great success. This was the culmination of work involving teams developing and implementing a business plan incorporating product design, development, pricing and promotion. Students undertook a role of CEO, Operations, Advertising or Finance Manager. They provided the capital, organised a float and after market day did an Income statement and distribution of profit or loss to shareholders.
I purchased one item from each of my classes. I plan to test the “Calming Mist Spray” next term on some of my classes.