Project MOTIS will be carried out in two stages. The first stage begins in early 2005 and aims to transition teachers from traditional teacher/student whole-of-class learning to an inquiry-based and problem solving model of teaching, which has proven effective in using such technologies in other contexts.
The creation of an online HHT teaching resource base accessible to all maths and science college faculties is the second phase of Project MOTIS. Participating HHT teachers will gradually create this resource by developing curriculum around HHT. Implementation of phase 2 will begin in 2006-07.
Extensive research and consultation into HHT began a year prior to launch date. Numerous training workshops familiarising teachers’ with HHT were held, practical resources were developed and training and technical support arranged.
Solid preparation and continuing support from business partner Texas Instruments, will expand teachers’ knowledge, understanding of and confidence in using HHT, benefiting not only the students, but help develop knowledge which can contribute internationally to the use of such technologies in teaching and learning.
For the duration of the project, Professor Stephen Arnold of Australian Catholic University, Canberra, will review the project. Professor Arnold, a specialist in classroom use of HHT, has assisted Wainuiomata High School’s head of maths and project manager Andrew Tideswell, in the research design of Project MOTIS in the schools.
Two milestone reports on phase one are expected as the project progresses. The first report is due in May 2005. Phase two milestone report dates are to be confirmed.