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A-Level Software Recommendations

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by adam012, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. adam012

    adam012 New commenter

    We're looking to improve the resourcing for A-Level maths and I was wondering if anyone had some good recommendations for Mechanics software (simulators, etc) and Statistics packages.
     
  2. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    Geogebra for statistics - there are loads of people putting together help to do histograms, box plots, probability distributions etc on Geogebra
    Desmos for graphs - not as fancy as Geogebra but really easy to get students exploring graphs, asymptotes, periodicity etc
    Mechanics doesn't have a one-stop solution in the UK I've found - so you may want to try the "walk-throughs" on MEI Integral (free subscription for all UK stats schools - just register with the FMSP), as well as individual simulation applets for collisions etc of which there are many on Google
    Try to attend a "Technology in the A Level Curriculum" course - they're really cheap and are run by FMSP/MEI/Maths Hubs
    http://mei.org.uk/cpd
    http://furthermaths.org.uk/cpd
     
  3. Colleen_Young

    Colleen_Young Occasional commenter

    Definitely agree with Desmos for graphs. Note the very helpful MEI document with GeoGebra and Desmos links. I have given a link on this Use of Technology page. There is a collection of A Level resources for the new specification from STEM Learning - all free. I noticed several good looking Excel spreadsheets in the Statistics resources. See this post for more information. I agree with Adam re Mechanics, no easy answers there. I do like some of the PhET simulations. I hope they continue to develop the HTML5 versions. I tried Balncing Act on my phone and it worked nicely! See image and link.
     
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  4. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

  5. adamcreen

    adamcreen Occasional commenter

    Autograph is pricey (£350+ for secondary school licence). All of the other resources mentioned are free.
     
  6. adam012

    adam012 New commenter

    Thank you to you all for these recommendations and for sparing a little time to reply. I've got a lot to look through here and I can't wait to try some of the free Mechanics Applets.

    We're already using Geogebra and Desmos in the classroom although this is mostly as demonstration at the moment - we're hoping to run training courses for the pupils next year once we're more proficient with it ourselves. I didn't realise Geogebra could be used for Histograms - you learn something every day.

    I used to use Autograph but Geogebra is fully featured, has a lively community and (most improtantly for a school) free. Incidentally, the training the people behind Geogebra offer is very good.
     

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