Equity, coding among topics at math education symposium

More than 60 math educators gathered at Brock University on Wednesday, April 26 for a special PD Day learning opportunity offered in advance of the Coding, Computational Modelling and Equity in Mathematics Education Symposium happening Thursday, April 27 to Saturday, April 29.

The symposium is organized by Brock’s Faculty of Mathematics and Science and Faculty of Education in collaboration with a research team from Western University, and seeks to provide a forum to discuss emerging topics in mathematics education, such as:

  • How to improve equitable participation and learner outcomes.
  • How coding and computational modelling can be practically and meaningfully integrated in mathematics classrooms across all education levels (elementary, secondary and university).
  • The meaning of computational thinking and its relationship with mathematics.
  • Ethical and societal implications of emerging computational technologies.

The event is also an opportunity to celebrate the Department of Mathematics and Statistics’ development and implementation of pioneering courses focused on computational modelling, known as “mathematics integrated with computer applications (MICA),” that have been taught at Brock since 2000.

Brock faculty members and students will represent the University at the symposium as working group leaders, poster presenters and attendees.

The Brock University community is welcome to attend select keynote presentations and discussion panels free of charge. Registration is required.

A woman sits at a desk at the front of a classroom and points to a projector screen displaying Micro:bit software. In the foreground of the photo are the backs of two workshop participants, one with their laptop open to the same website displayed on the projector screen.

Brock Master of Education student Heidi Poltl led a workshop on using Micro:bit to make math education interactive at the Coding, Computational Modelling and Equity in Mathematics Education Symposium’s PD Day on Wednesday, April 26. Poltl is also a teacher with the Niagara Catholic District School Board.

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