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Your suggestions of iPad apps for university mathematics teaching

I asked in the previous post for suggestions of iPad apps that I could use to help with my job as a university lecturer in mathematics. I asked specifically about annotating PDF files I had made using LaTeX and recording such activity. More generally, I asked what other apps might be useful to my job and for other uses I should be thinking about. People made suggestions via comments on that post, Twitter and Google+. Thanks to all who responded. Here is a summary of the recommendations I received.

iPad apps for university mathematics teaching: your suggestions please

New game, everyone! Work have bought me an iPad. I have so far discovered this is basically a touch screen interface through which I can write email, read Twitter and play pinball, but I’ve heard a rumour that it can do even more than that. I’d like you to suggest what else I might do with it.


Shifting decline of mathematical preparedness?

Last year I wrote On the Decline of Mathematical Studies, and ever was it so, which looked at several examples of people complaining that the new generation of mathematics students were not as well prepared as the current one, with quotes from the late 20th C, mid 20th C. and even from the early 19th C. I wondered whether the problem was one of perception, or whether mathematics teaching could really be in constant (or, as Tony Mann pointed out, cyclical) decline.

I have just read ‘Mathematics at the Transition to University: A Multi-Stage Problem?‘, an essay by Michael Grove (of the National HE STEM Programme, which supports my project) which offers an interesting view on this question. Though the complaint, that students are not prepared for university courses, sounds the same, Michael suggests the root cause and manner in which this problem manifests itself has changed. He backs up his argument with findings from several recent reports. His essay is worth a read if you are interested in this issue.

Having identified a possible root cause for the current situation, Michael also makes recommendations for what can be done to address this and points to relevant work the Programme is doing.