LILC Action Plan 2016

Big Idea Project for 2016 Overview
 Incorporating coding into the mainstream of mathematics courses
Research Question
How can coding be introduced into the mainstream of mathematics education in ways that are achievable for students and teachers?
What method will you use to collect data on your project?

With reference to DoL Dim One, and the SAMR and TPACK models:

  • review of students’ performance on assessment work already carried out
  • review teachers’ reflections on the experience of incorporating coding into mathematics tasks
  • trial and evaluate the incorporation of coding based activities into the knowledge construction dimensions of the curriculum.
Identify the 21st century skills in this project e.g. collaboration, ICT, skilful communication, knowledge construction, innovation and problem solving, self-regulation


Knowledge construction

Innovation and problem solving

What technologies will you use to deliver your `Big Idea’ project?

Scratch, MATLAB/Simulink, Excel

How will you spread your `Big Idea’ across the College?
Make outcomes and materials accessible to staff via Office 365
What are the key skills you will deliver?

The key skills that students will develop will include:

  • basic commands
  • control loops
  • Interpreting scripts
  • adding to existing scripts
  • graphing
  • curve fitting
  • manipulation of matrices

The key skills that teachers will develop will include the skills listed above plus the ability to connect their technological and pedagogical knowledge in order to produce positive outcomes for the students

What support do you require to implement your `Big Idea’ project e.g. professional development, technology?
PD courses from MathWorks and Microsoft are already available and we have the necessary technology
What outcomes will you achieve in 2016?

Review of work already carried out in incorporating coding into assessment pieces

Trial and evaluation of four formative learning experiences that use coding to support knowledge construction in mathematics.

Are you interested in submitting your `Big Idea’ project to join the Microsoft Expert Educators program in 2017?

Yes, if suitable

Timeline of events

Goals/Target/Activities/Resources Timeline/Achievement Date
Publication online of ten assessment pieces written at Ormiston which involve coding in mainstream mathematics May 2016
Online case study of use of MATLAB conducted by industry partner MathWorks and featuring Ormiston Nov 2016
Four 21CLD activities that involve use of coding and spreadsheeting Nov 2016
Responding as a reviewer of the new mathematics syllabuses for the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority May, June Oct 2016