Computers liberated real-world maths from hand calculating to go far further and faster than anyone could have imagined. Now it’s vital that educational maths stands on this automation too.Conrad Wolfram | Founder computerbasedmath.org
In the last century, we led the world in connecting classrooms to the internet. Now we want to lead the world in rethinking education in the technology-driven world.Jaak Aaviksoo | Former Estonian Minister of Education
African Leadership Unleashed, an innovative pan-African network of university campuses launching this year, has elected CBM founder Conrad Wolfram to its Global Advisory Council.
A conversation with CBM founder Conrad Wolfram about maths, historical pedagogical approaches and a challenging standstill across the education ecosystem.
CBM founder Conrad Wolfram believes “today’s educational math is the wrong subject”. This article discusses Conrad’s vision for maths and how today’s subject is the wrong one.
This article covers how technology and fresh ideas are helping pupils to learn and touches on how Conrad Wolfram and CBM are at the cutting edge.
Our fourth CBM Summit was a success, with speakers and delegates from all over the world engaging in a selection of panels, debates and interactive sessions at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
CBM needs your support. We’ve built a solid intellectual, practical and broad-based foundation for this fundamental change to education, and education is notoriously hard to change. So we have lots to do!
The importance of maths to jobs, society and thinking has exploded over the last few decades. Meanwhile, maths education is in worldwide crisis—diverging more and more from computational thinking–based problem-solving required by countries, industry, further education... and students. More »
Computers are key to bridging this chasm: only when they do the calculating is maths applicable to hard questions across many contexts. Real-life maths has been transformed by computer-based calculation; now mainstream maths education needs this fundamental change too.
Because we’re unique in building a completely new, high-concept maths curriculum with computer-based computation at its heart—redefining maths as the anchor subject for computational thinking across all subjects, centred on real-life problem solving, not historical hand-calculating techniques. More »
Conrad Wolfram’s TED Talk
Why do kids lose interest in maths? Conrad Wolfram says, in his pivotal 2010 talk at the launch of Computer-Based Maths, that the part of maths we teach—calculation by hand—isn’t just tedious, it’s mostly irrelevant to real mathematics and the real world. He presents his radical idea: teaching kids maths through computer programming.
Making the Case
Members of the CBM team describe the design principles of the CBM curriculum, how they differ from today’s curriculum and how they have been implemented for the first time in Estonia.