Category Archives: Conferences

MAV Conference 5 & 6 December

Making Connections Mathematics Numeracy

Visit the TI Booth at the Conference

TI Australian Team will be there to answer all your questions, drop by the booth and mention code word: TEXAS to receive a gift!

Workshops using TI Technology

Rover Will Find the Solution Presenters: Rodney Anderson, Jim Lowe

The Art of Mathematics  Presenter: John Bament

Making Music with Maths  Presenter: John Bament

Complex Numbers, Polynomial Equations and Polygons Presenter: Yew
Fook Chan

Lights, Music and the TI-Innovator  Presenters: Raymond Rozen, Shane Dempsey

Bringing VCE Maths to Life with TI-Nspire  Presenter: Stephen Crouch

Rock N Rover  Presenter: Jody Crothers

Cartesian Coordinates Come to Life  Presenter: Jody Crothers

CAS in Specialist Mathematics Classroom  Presenter: Bozenna Graham

Mathematical Methods Unit 3: Introducing Discrete Random Variables  Presenter: Peter Flynn

Wowed by Widgets – The Directors Cut  Presenters: Chris Ireson, Len Bedier

Widgets and UDFs in the classroom using TI-Nspire  Presenter: James Mott

Geometry + Technology = Proof Presenter: Irina Lyublinskaya

Mathematical Methods: Probability enhanced with TI-Nspire  Presenter: Frank Moya

Maths and Music – play me a tune on your calculator  Presenter:  Brian Lannen

Mathematical Investigations for the new VCE Structure  Presenter: Brian Lannen

Function Junction – Exploring functions, graphing and coordinate geometry  Presenter: Roger Wander

Classic Geometric Constructions  Presenter: Neale Woods

Creating Widgets for Senior Mathematics  Presenter: Neale Woods

Tips for using TI Nspire CAS effectively in Further Mathematics  Presenter: Danijela Draskovic

Conceptualise and understand Mathematics with Geometry  Presenters: Sanjeev Meston

Taking conceptual understanding to the next level in Mathematical Methods  Presenters: Sanjeev Meston

Maximum fun with calculus  Presenter: Peter Fox

Avoiding the RHS  Presenter: Peter Fox

What’s New with CX II? Exploring TI-Nspire  Presenter: Peter Fox

MAWA Conference 18 & 19 November

Making Maths Matter

Visit the TI Booth at the Conference

TI Australian Team will be there to answer all your questions, drop by the booth and mention code word: TEXAS to receive a gift!

Workshops using TI Technology

Crashing Robot Cars Presenter: Brian Lannen

Cubic Polynomials Presenter: Peter Flynn

7th Heaven Presenter: Jody Crothers

Mathemagicians Exposed Presenter: Peter Fox

Lessons from CAS Presenter: Peter Fox

Robots vs Maths Presenter: Jody Crothers

TI & MAV Joint Regional Mini Conference: An afternoon of acTIve learning in Colac

T-Cubed Instructors, Peter Fox, Chris Ireson and Craig Browne had the pleasure of conducting a mini conference at Colac Secondary College on 5 September. About 30 maths teachers from Western District schools found time out of their busy schedules to attend the event. The first session was for teachers new to the TI-Nspire CAS platform. Participants were introduced to the basic mechanics of how the calculator worked with a focus on showing how to create documents that consisted of multiple problems that used a number of applications. When shown some of the cool features such as sliders, it was noted by several teachers present that a platform such as this really does change the way we can teach certain concepts. The idea that we are able to save work and not have to reinvent the wheel every time we press the on button on the calculator was also well appreciated.

Meanwhile Peter ran a session on Parabolas – Changing the Focus. This involved exploration of how simple geometric constructions and paper-folding can be used to factorise quadratics in a very visual way. Quadratic functions were then employed to model data that was collected live from a ball bounce activity. The bouncing ball activity can start as early as Year 9 or become a Problem Solving / Modelling Task for Year 12 students.

Peter commented: “The workshops went well. There are some very enthusiastic and masterful teachers in our country region that are very proficient in the use of TI-Nspire. It was also great to see lots of relatively new teachers in attendance. Great food, warm and welcoming hospitality and a wonderful venue in the beautiful and bustling region of Colac.”

Can I add here an editorial comment from Brian in Yackandandah: It’s often difficult for us country-based teachers to get to PD events due to travel time & expenses as well as finding class cover. However, both the MAV and TI are proactive in helping us bridge this opportunity gap. The MAV in particular has run many regional conferences over the years and both organisations also offer various sponsorship opportunities for regional teachers. Click here

Teachers in regional areas may often teach several VCE subjects at once. I know when the last lot of VCE curriculum changes came through (2015), many of us were teaching at least two, sometimes three VCE mathematics subjects across one or two levels. Yes, we may often have smaller class sizes, but preparation, resource access and collaboration opportunity can present challenges.

Back to Colac: The afternoon session focused on how the calculator applications can be used to create widgets for helping students in their mathematics exams at the end of the year. Peter started the session by looking at some past exam questions, showing how simple it is to create a PowerPoint document with multiple-choice questions displayed, demonstrating how the navigator software can be used in the classroom to answer the test and analyse the results. When looking at the analysis of how students answered these questions, it was posed to the group “Could we create exam resources that would allow our students to have a better chance of answering these “difficult” problems successfully? Chris and Craig then went on to show how the clever design of widgets can be used in the Further Maths, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Maths courses.

Chris has subsequently made a short video to demonstrate How to make a Widget. He has uploaded this and other resources to a Google Drive for sharing.

Chris also noted comments from teachers:

Quotes went something like:

“I didn’t know that!”

“CAS can do that?”

“Never seen that before!”


“I’m impressed”

Craig at Beginners “But there’s more!”

“Thanks for coming.”

And from Chris himself:

“For Widgets after they are imported, remember Crtl A, Menu 1,1” and

“I felt that many of the beginners (and others) felt left out as opposed to city teachers with regards to PD. They were very appreciative to have us come to Colac. I am happy if another country PD is organised in a different region to try to help out.”

Back to Craig for closing comments:

All in all, everybody enjoyed this mini conference with all attendees saying that they learnt so much over the 4 hours that we were together. One of the teachers commented to me that he appreciated that as presenters we focused on the mathematics and teaching ideas and did not necessarily spruik how good the technology was. Instead we presented the content in such a way that the technology spoke for itself.

Thank you to Colac Secondary College for your hospitality and allowing us to come and share our ideas and our knowledge for the day. It also allowed a number of teachers to create a network among themselves.

QAMT Conference 3 & 4 October

Catalysing Change

Visit the TI Booth at the Conference

TI Australian Team will be there to answer all your questions, drop by the booth and mention code word: TEXAS to receive a gift!

Workshops using TI Technology

Designing An A4 Paper Rocket
Stephen Broderick
In July 2019, the Australian Space Agency opened for business in Adelaide. There will be many future positions available for engineers and mathematical modellers. In this problem-solving activity, participants will design and test a paper rocket made out of a sheet of A4 paper. The paper rockets will be launched and examples of data collected and analysis will be presented.

Two Astronomical STEM Activities
Stephen Broderick
Can I accurately determine the tilt of the Earth’s axis and determine my location’s latitude with just a pinhole camera? Can I prove that the Earth’s orbit is elliptical, calculate its eccentricity and determine the dates of perihelion and aphelion? Both of these activities can be used in a primary context and can be extended and used as a PSMT in the senior school. One lucky participant will win a pinhole camera.

Modelling Motion
Peter Fox
Linear, quadratic and trigonometric functions are just the start. There are so many areas of mathematics that become so much richer when students model motion. Somersaults, bouncing balls, pendulums, and hot air balloons; the sky is the limit.

Parabolas – Shifting The Focus
Peter Fox
There is so much more to this wonderful curve than factorising and expanding the algebraic representation. Paper folding, applications and modelling are just some of the elements that will be touched on in this workshop.

Maths In A Box
Jim Lowe
This hands-on workshop uses origami techniques to create paper boxes of varying sizes. Measurements collected from these boxes provide data for modelling activities which can be completed with or without technology. Participants will also develop a theoretical model for comparison with that obtained from the data collected.

Problem-Solving & Modelling Tasks In The New Mathematics Syllabus
Stephen Broderick
PSMT tasks contribute significantly to the overall assessment in the new senior mathematics courses. Examples of PSMT tasks and where to find data and information will be presented during this session.

Mathematical Association of Tasmania Annual Conference

MAT has a policy of moving the location of their annual conference to different regional centres. This year it was hosted at Parklands High School, Burnie with over 60 delegates in attendance. In addition to keynote presentations from Greg Oats and Colleen Vale, 24 workshop sessions were on offer, including three sessions from the T3 Trainer team. Yackandandah yokel, Brian Lannen, flew into Burnie/Wynyard while Peter Fox jetted into Launceston.  

Brian delivered a mathematically rigorous session on the generation and analysis of sound waves with TI-Innovator, while Peter played games in the room next door. Brian’s session: Maths and Music – play me a tune on your calculator drew upon material from a published TI Forensic Science activity  as well a TI Australia webinar: Control Systems Engineer

Peter’s Game On! session kept participants engaged in games from the factor game (Year 7) through to Penney’s Problem (Specialist Mathematics).  Peter had 25 participants in his session and feedback was very positive.

Brian’s had another session on the program titled From Algorithmic Thinking in Problem Solving to Writing Program Code for Maths. This workshop drew upon materials on Problem Solving strategiesMaths 30010 Minutes of Code and TI Australia’s Curriculum Inspired  .

Major sponsors for the conference were Texas Instruments and the WP_20190824_15_29_15_ProUniversity of Tasmania. These sponsors and others also provided prizes for the lucky draw. 

Pictured here is lucky prize winner Thomas Cotterell of Don College, Devonport, happily taking possession of a TI-Innovator Rover from Texas Instruments representative, Peter Fox

Canberra Maths Association does it again – Meeting (High) Expectations

CMA delivered another brilliant conference last weekend – and this time even the weather was fine! Informative and stimulating keynote presentations were delivered by Amie Albrecht and Jane Watson. Another 28 workshop sessions were on the program for delegates to choose from. Accredited T3 Instructors Brian Lannen from Murray Mathematics and John Bament from O’Loughlin Catholic College, were part of the speaker team, with Brian hosting workshops on Data Capture for Optimisation Problems and Making Music with your Calculator (TI-Innovator). Meanwhile John presented sessions on The Art of Mathematics (TI-Rover) and 10 Types of People in the World (Coding).    

All four of these sessions were well attended and enthusiastically received. T3 Manager, Daisy Patsias, was also in attendance and was pleased for the opportunity to meet with Canberra teachers and CMA organisers.

Texas Instruments: instrumental in sponsorship with the hosting of Morning Tea as well as some luck prize draws. Pictured here is lucky draw winner, Damien Nemeth, from ACT’s School For Excellence with the new TI-Nspire CX II Calculator.

On his evaluation form, Brian commented that the strong and well-balanced academic program, physical facilities (ADFA), catering and hospitality have become standard expectations for this conference. At the Happy Hour wine & cheese, he explained to CMA President Jo McKenzie, “Sorry, but I can’t really tick the ‘exceeded expectation’ box, because I know from experience that this conference is always very good”.   

Link to conference resources will appear on the CMA website soon (From similar links on the CMA webpage, you can also view the resources shared from previous conferences).

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