Students may just need to do something sensible and justify it.
- The pace at which the presentations are displayed can be controlled so that students have time to think, ask, and answer questions.
- The materials work best if the students sit in pairs, as they can then be involved as the theory is developed, by sharing ideas with their partners.
- The slides indicate with clip art images when it is useful to take notes, use a calculator to check a calculation, or do an exercise.
- Many graphs in the presentation have been imported from the software Autograph. The presentations can be paused at any point to use Autograph “live” or access other software such as DESMOS and GeoGebra so that students can investigate ideas in greater depth and also improve their understanding.
- Whilst the materials are designed for use by teachers, they can be made available on intranets so that students can have access if they have missed work or wish to review work. A site licence is required for this.
- At the end of each presentation there are pages containing the main points of the topic in black and white form suitable for printing for making photocopies.
- Whilst every effort has been made to explain how to use Excel, even to complete beginners, the different versions of Office mean that occasionally some instructions may need adaptation. There are also many ways of achieving the same results and students may find some easier than others.
- The awarding bodies (commonly called Exam Boards) have each specified a large dataset that students need to be familiar with. These will change from time to time. The specimen papers provide ideas for questions. The “Teach A Level Maths” package, by using different datasets, aims to give students the techniques that they can apply to their particular dataset.
- How to deal with missing data hasn’t been covered as the method used depends on the likely reason for data to be missing. Simple methods include the following:
Ignoring the missing data
Using the mean of two neighbouring values
Using a previous known value.
How to navigate through the course and use these Powerpoint files:
1. There are 3 ways to start a presentation:
- Navigate to the folder containing the presentations, right click on the file name and select Show.
- Start Powerpoint, select File, Open, then navigate to the folder containing the presentations, then left double click and select Slide Show from the menu and then View Show.
- Start the “0 Contents” presentation by one of the 2 ways above and then use the hyperlinks (left click) to start any of the presentations
2. To advance through a presentation, use the left mouse button, space bar or the right keyboard arrow.
3. To start a presentation part way through, Open the presentation, left click the slide where you want to start and select Slide Show and From Current Slide from the tool bar. At any time the presentation can be stopped by using the right mouse button and selecting End Show.
4. The 1st and 2nd icons in the lower righthand corner of most slides can be used to move back or forward a page.
If the presentation isn’t open, from Powerpoint select File, Open and navigate to the file required. On the main menu select Print. Options are given to print up to 6 slides per page.
The files are “read only” but can be saved under a new name and then altered as you wish. The colours have been chosen to be clear in most lighting conditions but can be tweaked if necessary. Open a file, select view and view master and slide master. Right click and choose background, click on the colour arrow and choose more colours. Try a standard colour (or custom colour) near to the one used. Alterations can also be made to the slide contents. Microsoft equation editor has been used for the equations. You may need to ungroup (on the draw menu) in order to make alterations and re-animate the slides after alterations.
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