Steve Sherman is the Chief Imagination Officer of a STEAM-based NGO in South Africa called Living Maths. He teaches in classrooms all around the world. He regularly facilitates workshops for teachers and he has the privilege of sharing the excitement of maths with many students. His passion for Edtech positioned him well during the pandemic. He will talk about how he transitioned from a teacher with a physical presence in a classroom to an online provider. He will also share tips on how to make online classes more engaging.
This article gives a very quick tutorial on video compression. With online teaching becoming a norm during the lockdown, the unavailability of good internet access has emerged as a major stumbling block for people in many parts of the world. This tutorial would be particularly useful for people who would like to upload a smaller (in terms of size) version of their lecture to make it available to students on the other side of digital divide. The tutorial focuses on powerpoint presentations with slide-wise narration.
Dr. Ben Blum-Smith is currently a part-time faculty member of Eugene Lang College’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and a Visiting Academic at the New York University Center for Data Science. He has worked as a middle and high school teacher and then as a mathematics professional development specialist, before training as a research mathematician. He will discuss COVID-19 quarantine teaching as an experiment in non-coercion. How do we go about getting students to do what we want them to? Where are the opportunities to acknowledge our students' autonomy?
Mieke Möller is a Mathematics teacher at Somerset College Senior School. She has been instrumental in spearheading the drive towards online learning and setting up structures to facilitate the learning and assessment of students in Mathematics. Her topic is on how to create a sense of community in the virtual classroom, while realising the importance of having kindness, understanding and grace towards students. It will also address the value of clear communication, flexibility and open-mindedness.