Book now for free Khan Academy workshop for Cork teachers & parents > 3rd December
Published on: Thursday, 27 November 2014
The workshop will take place at 5.15pm in Lab C125 on the CIT Bishopstown Campus.
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CIT hosts introductory Khan Academy training
Cork Institute of Technology will host a education workshop on December 3rd to show teachers how millions of students are getting to grips with maths through the free online resource of the Khan Academy.
The Khan Academy is gaining huge popularity in Ireland, with a tenfold increase in teachers using it as part of their class activities in the past year.
Globally, it has more than 10 million users per month with over 4 million practice problems solved each day and high-profile advocates such as Bill Gates.
The Khan Academy’s highly anticipated MATHletes Challenge, registration for which opens on 1st December, will spark healthy rivalry among students, schools and counties across Ireland in the New Year.
In preparation for the MATHletes Challenge and to provide practical training on how teachers can use the Khan Academy, CIT's Department of Mathematics will host a workshop next week on Wednesday, December 3rd to provide invaluable peer-to-peer tips to primary and secondary school teachers.
Dr Áine Ní Shé, Department of Mathematics at CIT said that CIT was delighted to host a Khan Academy workshop. “The huge potential in free online Mathematics resources such as Khan Academy is obvious,” she stated. “Following the launch of the STEM Ambassadors Programme at CIT, we are now delighted to support these workshops. We look forward to the MATHletes Challenge continuing to make a real difference to the performance of Irish students in STEM subjects.”
Entrepreneur, inventor and investor Sean O’Sullivan, who has donated €6.6 million to the Khan Academy, said the workshops are ideal for teachers who want to upskill and improve their students’ confidence, competence and engagement in maths.
“Our goal is to replace Ireland’s recent lackluster performance on international maths ratings with world-class talented STEM graduates to meet the needs of the current and future jobs market,” he stated.
“Ireland is already becoming a global leader in developing innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education initiatives.
The MATHletes Challenge has become the premier maths competition on the Irish school calendar and is already a global model for Khan Academy innovation.
“Over 300 teachers, 3,000 students, and 10% of Irish schools competed last spring in the pilot year of the MATHletes Challenge, which created unprecedented excitement, buzz and a competitive spirit about maths that rivals all-Ireland GAA Championships.”
Following the official launch of the MATHletes Challenge in January, participating Education Centres will also host free Khan Academy “maths clubs” for students during the competition. These clubs have already proven tremendously successful in Galway, where early this year over 200 students attended the oversubscribed sessions every Saturday.
About the MATHletes Challenge
The MATHletes Challenge is a free online and in-person maths tournament for Irish students. The fun and engaging 4-month Challenge develops students' confidence and competence in maths by using Khan Academy, the global leader in free online learning. Students and Schools from 4th class to 5th year (ROI) & Primary 6 to Year 13 (NI) are eligible to compete. The competition culminates with top scorers advancing to in-person playoffs, where over €20,000 in prizes and the title of MATHletes Challenge All-Ireland Champion are on offer. Registration is FREE and opens December 1st, and the Challenge launches on 5th January , 2015.
2014 Cork school & individual winners (from left: Elena Roche for Beaumont Girls School 2nd place Primary Division; Luke Quigley, Colaiste Chriost Rí, 2nd place - 2nd year, Conor Sheehan, Christian Brothers College, 1st place - 3rd year).