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The First Computer-Based Math Education Summit

Проект computerbasedmath.org, основанный Конрадом Вольфрамом (Conrad Wolfram), чтобы "построить совершенно новую концепцию обучения математике, сердцем которой является применение компьютеров для вычислений", объявляет о своей первой конференции, которая состоится 10-11 ноября 2011 гола в Королевском институте в Лондоне, Великобритания.

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26 September 2011—Oxfordshire, U.K. - computerbasedmath.org, the project founded by Conrad Wolfram to "build a completely new math curriculum with computer-based computation at its heart", has announced its first summit, to be held 10–11 November at The Royal Institution in London. 400,000 people have viewed Conrad Wolfram's TED Global talk, "Stop teaching calculating; start teaching math", and thousands have contacted the organizers at computerbasedmath.org from almost every country to offer their support in changing a math education system almost no one is happy with.

The summit, an invitation-only event sponsored by Wolfram Research, Cambridge Assessment, and Promethean, will address the worldwide math education crisis by answering the question, "In an era of ubiquitous computing, how should we rebuild math education from the ground up, to keep pace with and drive progress in the real world?"

Mathematical skills have grown in importance far beyond the group who would describe themselves as mathematicians, becoming vital to all branches of industry, government, and university research—as well as to everyday living in a modern society. The summit will reflect this. Rather than just involve math education specialists, it will bring together a wide cross section of international leaders and innovators with a stake in math and related STEM.

Attendees already include government policy makers, industry professionals from start-ups to multinational corporations, educators, and technology providers.

"To fix math education, we need to start by teaching the right subject," says Conrad Wolfram. "Patching up the existing math curriculum or adding in computers isn't working, because the real-world subject of math has so fundamentally changed to be computer-based in recent decades. That mainstream math education will become computer-based is inevitable, because this is the real-world subject. What I can't predict is when or which country will win the race."

Conference sessions will include talks, debates, and discussions covering:
  • Society's changing needs for math 
  • Applying computers to math education 
  • Games, competitions, and new modalities for learning 
  • State-of-the-art technology for CBM 
  • Engaging the disenfranchised with CBM 
  • Working through the objections to CBM 
  • Hand versus computer—drawing the line 
  • Implementing the change to CBM 
  • Math (STEM) needs for industry 
  • How will assessment work for CBM? 
Different cultures, different math?Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of U.K. exam board OCR, says, "We've read official reports and listened to speeches about the serious problems with math education in the U.K. It's time for action! Too many have poor math skills, which mean they can't enjoy mathematics or take it into further education, the workplace, and everyday life."

The summit will be a key event for those attendees, communities, or countries who want to be in on the ground floor of computer-based math education—both to influence its direction and to help drive its early introduction.

Learn more about the vision and aims of computerbasedmath.org and become involved with the project at computerbasedmath.org.

More information about the summit, including an invitation request form, is available at The Computer-Based Math Education Summit.