8.18 Collaboration: mathematics in everyday life

Contributor Andrea McCallion
Title How do we use mathematics in our everyday life?
Aim To get students thinking about all the ways that we use and need maths for our everyday life and work.
Learning Outcomes QQI Level 4 Functional Maths L.O. ‘Explain how mathematics can be used to enable the individual function more effectively as a person and as a citizen’
Timing 30 minutes
Activity Description This activity will run for week 1 of the QQI functional maths course allowing students to identify why they need mathematics.
Tools This activity uses the discussion forum in the VLE moodle where groups will be broken into 2.They will use a suggested online mind map tool; mindmup, which is good for collaborative planning, and students can publish and share maps online and can easily save to google drive. We will be using Web Whiteboard to draw together some of the best bits of information coming from the two groups at the end. We will be using an online poll at the end of the class to establish if students enjoyed the class activity.
Resources The students background
Instructions Students are to think about the many ways in which they use maths in everyday life.  The class will be broken into two groups.  In your group you will come up with a mind map to show your thoughts.  One person will take the job of entering the information into the mind map while everyone contributes.  One person will be responsible for talking through the mind map which they have uploaded to the main discussion forum.  I will begin with giving a 5 min tutorial on using the mind map tool and how to share it to the forum.
Feedback Both groups will deliver their groups findings with one spokesperson.  There will then be some open discussion on people’s thoughts on the importance of mathematics.  I will then sum up the findings and give some feedback.




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