You would need more than two hands to count the number of fingers being pointed in all directions regarding mathematics education in New Zealand.
Even the Royal Society is getting involved. The Ministry of Education hand-picked the Royal Society to investigate. This was after New Zealand got its lowest-ever ranking in a major international maths and science test for 13-year-olds.
This will take time. But, not surprisingly, there were instant expectations that teachers and schools could and should do more to improve maths outcomes for students. This, at a time when our education system continues to grapple with the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Improve maths outcomes with Amy
iQualify for Schools has a range of interactive mathematics digital resources available through its online learning management system. These resources are suitable for students from Year 9 to Year 11. They include a way for students to engage any time of the day or night with an artificial intelligence (AI) tutor, Amy. Amy works to the New Zealand curriculum and quickly identifies a student’s knowledge gaps. Personalised pathways and real-time feedback make each learning journey with Amy an individual one. Amy gives students the support they need to succeed.
The iQualify for Schools learning platform provides access to this technology, as well as curriculum-specific and NCEA resources for schools.
Open Polytechnic’s Executive Director of School Strategy, Alex MacCreadie, says the technology helps students move at their own pace.
“Amy assesses what their strengths and weaknesses are. It then creates an individualised pathway for the student that will work on filling any knowledge gaps.”
Alex says Amy understands why a student makes a mistake, and teaches them what they need straight away so they don’t get stuck. It helps every student learn exactly what they need to reach the learning outcome their teacher has set for the class. But it is not a replacement for their teacher.
Teachers are the heart and soul of the classroom
“The teacher is still the heart and soul behind it all and the value of technology – however advanced – will never surpass the value of a teacher inspiring their students to learn.
“The amazing technology that is available these days, like Amy, can be used to broaden the classroom from a physical space to a virtual space. However, technology on its own does not expand thinking and that’s where the role of the teacher is heading.”
Get in touch with us now to find out more about iQualify for Schools’ AI maths courses. Learn how Amy can improve maths outcomes for your students.
Malcolm worked as a school leader for many years before joining the iQualify for Schools team. He has extensive experience with schoolwide approaches to ICT and supporting teachers to make great use of blended technology.
With a past life as an audio engineer, you’d better believe Malcolm is a great listener. He’ll be there all the way to make sure you have a great experience with iQualify for Schools.