Maths for Mums and Dads – Waterford Institute of Technology to launch online course
Online programme developed by WIT to give parents of secondary school students the tools they need to help them with maths homework
Would you no longer able to help your son or daughter with their maths homework once they start secondary school? Does the thought of Algebra, Trigonometry, Differentiation and Integration bring you out in cold sweats?
Are you keen to give your child the best possible support with their mathematical education? If you answered yes to the above questions then WIT’s new online programme ‘Maths for Mums and Dads’ may be for you.
Dr Padraig Kirwan, Head of Department of Computing and Mathematics at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), will give an overview of the programme at the official launch in WIT on Monday, 3 April at 7pm.
The launch event is part of All Aboard 2017 which is a week-long series of events aimed at building confidence in Ireland’s digital skills for learning, funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
Dr Kirwan explains that the transition from primary school to secondary school can often be as problematic for parents as it is for students – particularly so when it comes to the mathematics homework.
“The development of mathematics at second level can leave some parents at a loss as they feel that they are no longer able to help their offspring with gaps in their learning,” he says.
“This Maths for Mums and Dads programme aims to help parents fill in gaps in their own knowledge of mathematics so that they can better support their child through secondary school,” he said.
“The programme is delivered mostly online using a mix of online videos, online exercises and specially tailored workbooks. Support is provided both online and through regular tutorial sessions in WIT.
The programme allows parents to progress at their own pace and many of the resources can be re-used by the second-level student to help them with their studies.
“Mathematics underpins so much of the modern world from business to computing to technology. A solid foundation in mathematics will ensure that students will have the widest choice of college course/career open to them at the end of their time in secondary school,” Dr Kirwan concludes.
Also taking place as part of the All Aboard week at WIT is the screening of a documentary Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age. Open to the general public, parents, teenagers, teachers, educators, Sreenagers: Growing Up in The Digital Age is the first screen documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer proven solutions that work.