Conference Proceedings

Aligning Online Mathematical Problem Solving with the Australian Curriculum

Duncan Symons, R Pierce, J Hunter (ed.), P Perger (ed.), L Darragh (ed.)

MERGA | Published : 2018

Abstract

The current Australian Curriculum mandates that technology be utilised to support students to “investigate, create and communicate mathematical ideas and concepts” (ACARA, 2018). However, research reports suggest that use of digital technologies in Australian primary mathematics often focusses on the lower-order drilling of algorithms and basic facts. In this study, an online environment provided the medium for Year 5 students to engage in collaborative mathematical problem solving. The students’ online dialogue, along with uploaded diagrams and spreadsheets, provide evidence of their development of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics’ proficiencies of Problem Solving and Reasoning.