Last week I had the opportunity to visit Mr Boswell’s Maths class at Wold Primary School and was able to see some great ways to make Effective Maths more engaging. For a portion of the lesson, the children were sat on the floor, gathered around the big screen and practising adding 10’s. Mr Boswell had split the screen into two halves so the children could see the Effective Maths activity on one side, and on the other side, there was a space for working out answers to the problems.
What you can see on the right-hand side of the screen is the iPad notes app - the iPad had been mirrored using AirServer and the drawing tools that are available in the notes app transform the screen into a digital mini whiteboard. Therefore, the teacher can be stood with the iPad out the way of the board, so as not to struggle writing on the board whilst the children are sat around it, and still be able to show the working out of the sums as they are working through them as a class.