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Fantastic News - iMaths Shortlisted for 2012 Top Award!

21/8/12

iMaths National Edition, launched in 2011, has been shortlisted as best primary numeracy resource at the Australian Educational Publishing Awards.

Every year the Australian Educational Publishing Awards recognise and honour the best materials published during the year. Established in 1994, the Awards strive to reward and reflect the improving quality of Australian educational materials. Our shortlisted iMaths program is a comprehensive set of blended resources, including Student Books, Teacher Books, Tracker Books and iMaths Online, all supported by an extensive range of professional development tools.

iMaths author Chris Linthorne is proud of this series and its innovative approach. He explains, “along with the rest of the iMaths authors, we understand the difference that using real-life contexts can make to student learning in the classroom. iMaths is the first maths program of its kind to be genuinely built on investigations, ensuring a much deeper understanding of maths for all students.”

Maths content from the Australian Curriculum is clearly explained in the iMaths program, before students apply their knowledge to dozens of exciting investigations and engaging problem solving tasks. These real world connections make all the difference to students because finally maths makes sense.

“iMaths was truly a team effort”, explains author Chris Linthorne, “with a collaboration of  experienced mathematics teachers as the authors, backed by the curriculum professionals at Firefly, we all brought years of classroom teaching to the table. Together we developed a program that we knew would not only suit the emerging Australian Curriculum, but would actually work effectively in practical classroom application for teachers and students alike.”

“We knew this program would make a real difference to Primary school teachers in a variety of situations across Australia. We wanted to create an effective and well-scaffolded program that would comprehensively cover the content and proficiency strands of the new Curriculum, but also provide teachers with the flexibility to run a maths program that suited their own students in their own unique classrooms.”

Local content is an essential part of the APA’s criteria, rewarding programs authored here in Australia and those designed primarily for use in an Australian educational setting. iMaths absolutely fits the bill with all five of our authors still teaching in Australian schools, managing the transition to the Australian Curriculum.

With an industry often dominated by international publishing firms, we are thrilled to be acclaimed with the shortlisting of iMaths and we have been delighted to see iMaths grow from strength to strength as a truly National product. As the only independent Australian publisher to be recognised in this category, we have been working hard since 1989 to create innovative school resources in numeracy, literacy and science.

The standard of competition is extremely high this year with winners to be announced Thursday 6th September in Melbourne.

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