Associate Professor Ang Keng Cheng delivers Plenary Presentation at Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM)
Monday, 08 January 2018
Associate Professor Ang Keng Cheng, Associate Dean (Higher Degrees) at the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning, and faculty member of the Mathematics and Mathematics Education Academic Group of NIE, was an invited plenary speaker at the Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics (ATCM) held at the city of Chungli, Taiwan from 15 to 19 December 2017.
The ATCM is an annual international conference held in Asia, and has attracted international participants from over 20 countries in the 2017 edition. The first ATCM was hosted by NIE in 1995. As a plenary speaker at ATCM 2017, A/P Ang presented a paper titled “Teaching of Mathematical Modelling in a Technology-Enabled Environment”.
The presentation was about how a simple technological tool such as the electronic spreadsheet can help bridge the cognitive gap that students may experience when attempting mathematical modelling in the classroom. The focus of the talk was on simulation models, and three examples, namely, the Chaos Game, the Secretary Problem, and Particle Swarm Optimisation, were discussed in detail. Through these examples of tried and tested modelling activities, the underlying principles in designing simulation models appropriate for use in teaching mathematical modelling were demonstrated. In addition, it was also proposed that simulation modelling, which is related to computational thinking in many ways, could be an excellent platform to motivate the learning of coding.
This paper was partially supported by the RS-SSA research grant (RS 1-16 AKC) and the full paper is available at the ATCM website, http://atcm.mathandtech.org.