NewMath:Mathematics-IT is a basic school version of the BodyandSoul university mathematics education reform program. The Swedish version is presented at Matematik-IT.
Mathematics-IT combines the language of mathematics with programming and the computational power of the computer into a new tool for simulation of real and imagined worlds, to be used to understand and handle these worlds. Mathematics-IT is constructive mathematics where all mathematical objects are constructed computationally.
All of this can be described as different forms of computer games, where the student both constructs/programs and plays the game, where computer game means interaction between player and mathematical model using the computational power of the computer.
The main questions are here: What can I construct? How do I do to construct such a thing? rather than the traditional questions: What am I supposed to do? How am I supposed to do that? The questions and answers are here connected so that How? influences What?.
The perspective is thus open towards a large variety of different constructive possibilities for different students, rather than closed as in traditional school mathematics towards few possibilities, the same for everybody. The question Why? has a different answer when possibilities are many, than when possibilities are few.
Mathematics-IT is below presented as a sequence of computer games in posts Game1, Game2, Game3,…, from the simplest to more complex, where the design and programming of the game is the main point.
We use Codea, which is a user friendly app for programming on the iPad for the iPad.
Mathematics-IT is supported by a set of apps on App Store illustrating different basic concepts and serving as inspiration for student work on programming apps for App Store and can be found searching for “new math”.
Take a look and see that these apps serving the basic school version also represent central core of BodyandSoul for university.
NewMath: Mathematics-IT thus offers a mathematics education with a new uniformity over levels, where the basic questions are the same independent of level: What can be computed and how?