The Interactive School Mathematics Project (SMP) focuses on developing online interactive workbooks for secondary school mathematics. These workbooks will be adaptations of the existing SMP archive and are a collaboration between the Southampton Education School, Department of Mathematics, and 10+ secondary school teachers from the local area.
This project is running from January to July 2023 and is supported by the Higher Education Innovation Funding via the Faculty of Social Sciences Funds for Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise, University of Southampton (total funding awarded: £25,000).
Who are we?
The project is led by Dr Ben Davies, a lecturer at Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton. Ben’s research focuses on assessment practices for secondary and tertiary mathematics, and he has extensive experience with Computer-aided automated assessment. This project is a collaboration between The University’s Southampton Education School, the Department of Mathematics, and local schools.
What will we be doing?
We will be working with A-level mathematics teachers interested in novel approaches to continuous assessment/homework. To participate in the main project, teachers will be asked to set at least one of the workbooks as (compulsory) homework for at least one A-level Mathematics class. We will also interview the students who use the resulting workbooks, and the developers of the workbooks themselves. You can reach Ben by email here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign-up for the information seminar here.
What is SMP?
From the 1960s to 90s, the School Mathematics Project (SMP) was iconic in English mathematics education originating at the University of Southampton. With recent changes in licensing agreements, we now have an exciting to transform the currently under-utilised archive into a valuable modern resource with dynamic personalised feedback responsive to student inputs.
What does the software look like?
These interactive workbooks will be written in STACK, a dynamic modern software allowing developers to code ‘potential response trees’ based on student input. You can read about the recent use of STACK in similar contexts here and here. You can also see a handful of examples on the demo server here (but you’ll have to make an account! It only takes 1 minute!). Finally, you can learn more about the software here.