Digital Skills for Teachers: Problem Solving

Problem Solving (App/Website: Padlet)

When it comes to Maths and Science Singapore heads the table, followed closely by Hong Kong while the UK is in 20th place, among higher achieving European countries, with the US in 28th. (OECD economic think tank report 2015)

Your challenge is to attempt one of the problem solving questions from a Singapore Maths paper, this question was aimed at students aged about 15 taking part in Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiads (Sasmo). It asks you to guess the birthday of a girl called Cheryl using the minimal clues she gives to her friends, Albert and Bernard.

These kind of problems can be used to stretch the better students to sharpen their analytical powers.

The challenge Padlet board

What is Padlet?

Padlet is a free, online “virtual wall” tool where users can express thoughts on topics of their choice. It’s like a piece of paper, but on the Web.

Why would you want to use it?

  • to brainstorm ideas from a class
  • to pose a homework question
  • to collate research on a topic
  • to gauge understanding on a topic
  • to test student knowledge
  • to curate website links
  • to share information to an audience

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