Welcome to the course. There are a number of online resources available to you that are designed to give you learning support whenever you need it. These comprise of this blog, the Maths Methods Wiki, the Maths Methods Ning and online videos (currently located at Teachertube but soon to be moved to the new Victorian education website called FUSE.) Each of these serves a specific purpose in supporting your learning.
Chuck a Yonnie blog
This blog serves as an information source. I will use it to post information about what we are currently doing, what is expected of you, up coming significant events such as SACs, the distribution of some learning materials (actual curriculum material such as solutions to exercises will be made available through the Wiki), and other information of general interest to you as a group. It will not be used for personal communication except in the case of very general information. YOU SHOULD CHECK THIS BLOG REGULARLY. To make this easier you can subscribe to an RSS feed (look for the RSS icon in the right hand column). Also if you simply Google the words “chuck” and “yonnie” this blog is the first site that will appear in the search results.
Maths Methods Wiki
This is the most important learning support. It will contain the fully worked solution to all the exercises you are set. As the solutions for each exercise are ready I will announce it through the Chuck a Yonnie blog. To access and read the solutions on the Wiki (see the left hand menu for the link), there are some things you need to do the following. 1) You must join Wikispaces (there is no cost to this). Even though this takes only a few minutes many students mess this up. After you have signed up you will receive an email from Wikispaces asking you to CONFIRM YOUR MEMBERSHIP by clicking on a link they provide. If you do not do this then Wikispaces automatically deletes you after a few days. You MUST CONFIRM YOUR MEMBERSHIP. Every year I say this and every year some students fail to do it and are deleted. Let’s see if we can all get it right this year! 2) Once you have joined Wikispaces you must apply to join the Maths Methods Wiki. Since the solutions are from your text book we must respect copyright and so I have to make access to this material available only to my students who I know have purchased a copy of the text. This is the reason you have to enter your Wikispaces user name and password every time you access the Wiki. 3) When you apply to me to join Wikispaces I need to be able to identify who you are. Receiving an application to join from TheLegend@hotmail.com or email@example.com doesn’t help me to know who you are and will be refused, not because of the email addresses, but because I don’t know who it is who is applying. You end up frustrated and so do I. Let me know who you are when you apply.4) The solutions are published in Smartboard Notebook files. In order to open the files you must have this software installed on your home computer or notebook. See me about the best way to do this (licensing permits students who are enrolled in schools who own Smartboards to have a copy of this software on their home computer.) 5) There are already some files on the Maths Methods Wiki. These are from 2008 when I last taught Maths Methods Units 1 & 2 and are from the old text book. I will leave them there as they will be useful to you for extra revision. Solutions to the exercises in the new text book will be added as I work my way through them over the year.
These will periodically be made available to you through Teachertube for now, and later through FUSE. You will be informed of the location of these tutorials through Chuck a Yonnie. These tutorials will look and sound like being in class and watching something being explained on the board, except you will only hear and not see me or whoever is doing the tutorial. As a part of your work this year YOU will be required to produce one tutorial per semester which, once it has been checked for accuracy by me, will then be published for the use of your peers. These tutorials are useful if you need to repeat explanations of new work, and later for revising when yo have forgotten what you learned earlier in the year (we all do this – February seems a long time ago once you get to November!)
This resources will assist you when you get “stuck” at home and need more assistance. They will help you check the accuracy of your work. They will help you maintain the PACE necessary for you to have a successful year.
I am looking forward to working with your all through 2010.
Mr Alan Thwaites