Microsoft has revealed that, in partnership with the Math Forum at Drexel University, it will provide online professional development to educators to support teaching and learning mathematics with technology.
The new workshop, Tools for Building Math Concepts, explores how teachers can use software tools to help third- through fifth-grade students develop fundamental math concepts by gathering data and investigating patterns.
The workshop connects teachers with the Math Forum’s Math Tools, a digital library and teaching community of technology tools, lessons, activities and support materials. The Math Forum also hosts online programs for teachers to work collaboratively to continue their professional development throughout their careers.
Positive early experiences with mathematics and technology are vital because these two areas are fundamental to education today, said Stephen Weimar, director of the Math Forum, a nonprofit research and educational organization. Helping students enjoy and succeed in math is crucial to the long-term strength and competitiveness of our nation.
Microsoft also contributes to improving K-12 math education by funding programs such as the Microsoft Math Partnership, and developing new educational software such as Microsoft Math.