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Measuring Up

Measuring Up
Produced by Protea Textware Pty Ltd

Measuring Up is a CDROM which can be used in the classroom as a builder of mathematical concepts which have been taught previously by the teacher. It can also be used as a self-paced journey for the student to discover ways of using mathematics in everyday life.

The different aspects of the CD Rom cover everyday needs such as:

  • Shopping and calculating costs of items per kg
  • entertaining and calculating what quantity of meat is needed and what cost this will be
  • weighing amounts on scales and estimating
  • working out which category this weight will be classed as
  • length measured in sporting events as well as in cutting cloth

Dave Tout and Beth Marr have endeavoured to show that the science of Mathematics is part of the everyway weft and weave of living and is nothing to be frightened of.

The graphics add to the enjoyment of the learner as they manipulate the images to work out the quantities and calculate the answers. If they are incorrect, there is help for the learner and a ready reckoner as a calculator is available for the answers but if the learner does not need the calculator, it can be put aside. The basic facts are also taught through graphics with explanation as for the fractions and decimals.

For the teacher who has a multi-level class and is catering for individual needs of the various learners, this resource is an invaluable aid in the classroom where the learners can have their individual needs met as they work through the exercises at their own pace with encouragement from the teacher.

More often than not, mathematics is an area which can be left and not tackled with students, by language teachers, as time is taken up with other aspects of language teaching. However this resource combines the language of mathematics with the calculations necessary to find the answers, thus making the mathematic calculations come alive and give the language necessary to interact in everyday situations that the students may come across.

Reviewed by Christine Rhodes, Mount Isa Institute of TAFE