The Australian Maths Trust (AMT) has today launched Problemo – a unique online platform that has the potential to change the way mathematical problem solving is taught in Australian and New Zealand classrooms.
Problem solving is a central proficiency in the Australian Curriculum and has been identified as one of the top skills needed for future employability, and the Australian Maths Trust is leading the way in developing this crucial skill in the education sector.
With its development led by teachers, Problemo has been carefully designed to support student learning regardless of the context – in the classroom or learning remotely at home.
“Problemo is the culmination of the AMT’s 40 years of expertise and passion for helping young Australians experience the inspiration that comes with problem solving,” said Nathan Ford, AMT CEO.
“Mathematical problem solving is at the heart of our modern world – its challenges, technology, obstacles and opportunities – and we look forward to helping teachers and students explore and master this world as we continue to develop this resource for schools across the country.”
The platform contains a library of more than 400 maths problems for years 3-10 aligned to the Australian Curriculum and AMT will add problems and content areas to Problemo each term to make sure the platform addresses the needs of teachers in all learning environments.
Each problem is classified using strands, topics, difficulty, keywords, ACARA codes, and strategies for powerful yet easy searching.
Additionally, each problem comes with enabling and extending prompts, and solutions which help both students and teachers expand their maths problem solving capacity.
Teachers can also access official lesson cards and can create their own to help with lesson preparation.
Problemo caters for in-class and remote teaching with the ability to:
- create PDFs of problems to download
- display problems digitally for classroom use
- create online quizzes for students, with results displaying in the teacher platform.
The AMT is a national charity dedicated to ensuring all young Australians can realise their potential in problem solving through maths and algorithmics. It has delivered the Australian Mathematics Competition, one of Australia’s largest educational events, for more than 40 years and to more than 15 million students.