National Maths Day 2015

Friday 21 August marks National Maths Day in Australia, rounding up National Science Week! We’re celebrating the day by having a good ol’ play on our apps Block Buddies and Scorcher. You should too!

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Block Buddies

Use your number skills to save your Block Buddies from the Evil Robot Controller. Earn gold coins and purchase rewards for your character.

Cambridge HOTmaths Block Buddies engages children through game-play to build their skills sequentially to mastery across the four number operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Block Buddies is available as a free download. A HOTmaths subscription is required to play.


Build fluency with the fast-paced Scorcher competition. Students compete against others in their class, their school or around the world as they practice any lesson or concept.

Play Scorcher on the whiteboard for ten quick questions or to revisit prerequisite knowledge.

Scorcher is available through your HOTmaths account and is compatible on an iPad.

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Education Week 2015 in Victoria

back-to-the-future_1200x520This week marks Education Week in Victoria (May 17-23) and this year’s theme has been named “Crack the Code with Maths”, something we can definitely see the value in!

While several different events are happening around the state, we’re paying attention to a few select offerings occurring throughout the city that look particularly interesting.


Maths in the Movies – ACMI
Presented in partnership with the Victorian Government, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is presenting a free program that includes short clips and an interactive talk which explores the links between maths and the moving image.

Drawing on the maths behind frame rates and animation software, the discussion highlights how maths is incorporated into multiple stages of the moving image production process.

Students are also encouraged to draw conclusions about the inaccurate representations of maths in film. From the mathematicians in science fiction films to the keyboard mashing computer hackers in crime shows, students will begin to question the representation of maths on screen.

More information can be viewed through the ACMI website.


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Students in playground, school unknown. PROV, VPRS 14517 / P1 / Unit 17 / E82839129 – See more at:

School Days: Education in Victoria – Old Treasury Building Museum
This free exhibition explores the history of education in Victoria and features photos, videos, textbooks and memorabilia of Victorian schools from the late 1800s to the present day.

Having opened in March, the exhibition runs until September 2015.

More information can be viewed through the Old Treasury Building website.


The Great Victorian Coding Challenge
With registrations having closed, the challenge was a huge success with a total of 132 schools participating in the state-wide race to learn mathematical concepts and develop computer coding, problem solving and creative skills. It was a sampler of the new Digital Technologies curriculum, which will be implemented in all Victorian Government schools by 2017.

The Department would like to thank everyone who took part in The Great Victorian Coding Challenge.

The winning schools will be announced during Education Week, on Friday 22 May 2015. The winning schools will receive a full-day excursion to maths and science centre Quantum Victoria.

If you are interested in viewing some of the amazing designs by students, follow the links to each of the Challenge studios below:


More events
To see more events happening around metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria view this calendar of events.

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Webinar: Getting the most out of Cambridge HOTmaths

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We’re pleased to present our “Getting the Most out of Cambridge HOTmaths” webinar, recently run by HOTmaths Product Manager VJ Gunawardana. If you have any product related questions you please contact us at

To view more videos on our YouTube channel, click here.

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The importance of maths – Disease modelling with mathematics


By Stuart Roberts, RMIT

Growing up I never had a full understanding of just how important mathematics was in everyday life. Mathematics was always my favourite subject in school, but despite how interested I was, I never saw that it was an option for a career. Even in maths class in my final year of high school I had no idea the extent to which what I was taught was being applied in real life, and I certainly had no idea that everything I had learned to that point had barely scratched the surface of what I would come to learn.

During my final week of high school my math teacher suggested to me that I look into a degree in mathematics. I was surprised to hear that mathematics degrees even existed or that it could lead on to exciting careers. After looking into the outcomes of these courses I realised just how important mathematics was to the world we live in. From then on I didn’t see it as just another subject in school. I saw it as a language used to describe and model nature. That was when I knew I wanted a career in mathematics.

Mathematics has a wide range of applications. One of those applications is modelling disease, which is important in identifying treatment strategies and controlling public health. For my project I focused on a model we hope can be used to model the evolution of a population of tumour cells after undergoing chemical treatment. We live in a world of constant change, so it is important that the model can be implemented in a constantly changing environment. The goal of my project was to investigate the dynamics of a model that could be used to model the growth and decay of tumour cells in a slowly varying environment.

If the model is successful in fitting real data, and the factors that influence the model parameters can be identified, this work could be used to assist estimating the time or intensity of the treatment needed to rid the body of tumour cells.

Stuart Roberts was one of the recipients of a 2013/14 AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship.

This piece first appeared on the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Vacation Research Scholarship blog.

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TEDtalks and Maths

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Sometimes when we’re needing a break, we take some time to indulge in the wonderful world of TEDtalks. More importantly, we love discovering TEDtalks that are all about mathematics. Here are a few talks that we think are worth a look at:

Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers

Hannah Fry: The mathematics of love

Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the ugliest music

Harry Baker: A love poem for lonely prime numbers

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The Sounds of Pi

o-PI-NUMBER-facebookMarch 14th marks Pi Day! Each year around the world maths enthusiasts celebrate that symbolic Greek letter (“π”) that represents the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

Why is Pi Day March 14th you may ask? Well, that all comes down to the form of writing the month before the date (3/14 – March 14). Smart hey!

To celebrate the annual event, we have found a video posted by Michael Blake on YouTube a few years ago. This video presents what Pi would sound like if played on several musical instruments.

Enjoy and Happy Pi Day!

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Big numbers reign supreme at HOTmaths!

At Cambridge HOTmaths, we’re always happy to crunch numbers and work out figures. Recently we were pleased to find that more than 180,000 questions are answered on HOTmaths each day. That means that more than 1 million questions are answered each week on HOTmaths. Now that’s a lot of questions and answers!

Try HOTmaths now in your classroom and sign up now for an instant free trial! You can also visit us on Facebook, TwitterYouTube. Come say hi!

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From King Henry VIII to HOTmaths…

Check out how the world’s oldest publisher came to publish cutting-edge digital resources here in Australia!

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Click here to view the video or click here to see more HOTmaths videos.

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HOTmaths wins at the 2014 Education Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA)

IMG_0446We are proud to announce that HOTmaths won two EPAA awards at the Australian Publishers Association event yesterday:

hPrimary: Student Resource – Mathematics (Numeracy)

Cambridge HOTmaths FUNdamentals iPad application.                  Author Rachel Neely.

hTertiary and Vocational: Outstanding Digital Resource

Primary Mathematics: Capitalising on ICT for Today and Tomorrow (HOTmaths component).  Authors Penelope Serow, Rosemary Callingham, Tracey Muir.

EPAA awards recognise exceptional educational products, with a focus on innovation and quality.  This year it was the primary content on HOTmaths that scooped two awards.

The FUNdamentals iPad app is a dedicated app designed to help Foundation to Year 2 students build numeracy skills through playing and exploring.  It is supported by a complete suite of teaching notes, interactive widgets and printable material available through the HOTmaths website.  To learn more about this award-winning app, see our interview with the author, Rachel Neely.

Primary Mathematics: Captialising on ICT for Today and Tomorrow is a textbook that provides a comprehensive introduction to teaching mathematics.  The authors believe that ICT can be a powerful tool for enhancing student learning, and HOTmaths has been embedded throughout the textbook as an example of this innovative new type of technology.

Primary Mathematics actually won two EPAA awards yesterday: best Tertiary Student Resource and Tertiary and Vocational: Outstanding Digital Resource (HOTmaths component.)  Visit our site to find out more about this textbook.

If you haven’t yet tried HOTmaths in your primary classroom, sign up now for an instant free trial, or contact us to try it with your students in Term 4.

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The best parts of HOTmaths, decided by you.

We recently ran a competition asking teachers to tell us what they liked about HOTmaths.  Congratulations to the winner, Warren Richards from Queensland.

Dozens of teachers told us about their favourite parts of HOTmaths, sharing expert advice and classroom experiences.  While a surprising number of features were nominated, there were three clear winners. Nearly 50% of teachers told us they loved the test generator, while 35% mentioned the widgets and 32% liked the printable HOTsheets.

So why do teachers love the test generator, widgets and worksheets?  Here’s what some of them had to say.

The Test Generator

The Test Generator library

The Test Generator library

“I recently tried using the online assessment and was surprised how easy it was to set up, wishing I had used it earlier.” – Elizabeth, Burradoo NSW

Don’t let 2014 slip by without trying the Test Generator!  This is by far the most popular part of the site, with nearly half of all respondents recommending it as an easy way to create online, automarked assessment activities tailored to your needs.

“I particularly love the breadth, depth and creativity of the test questions. Some of them are so clever in their design and really get my extension class thinking!  The less able students are catered for due to the ability to differentiate the level of question asked. To be able to then look at each student’s results per question is fantastic!” – Leah, Ringwood VIC


Trig functions widget

Trig functions widget

35% of respondents recommended the interactive widgets on HOTmaths.  Not only are they brilliant for in-class demonstration, they really make a difference for students who struggle with new ideas.

“I love being able to login in the classroom and show the students all the widgets, it’s often only then that the lights come on. Students can see demonstrated, in a fun way, what I have been trying to teach them all along.” – Charlene, Mayfield NSW

Need a widget for today’s class?  Just type the concept you are looking for into the search field, open the widgets tab and take your pick.


HOTsheet matching graphs and vessels

HOTsheet matching graphs and vessels

Nearly one third of teachers told us that the printable HOTsheets are one of the best parts of HOTmaths. With hundreds of them easily accessible through the online search feature, they are helping teachers set homework, cater to fast finishers and provide stimulating classroom activities.

“The HOTsheets are usually exactly what I’m looking for to introduce or consolidate students skills” – Chloe, McKinnon VIC

“One thing I really liked about HOTmaths is the simple to challenging worksheets. The best part is they come with their solutions.” – Manpreet, North Rocks NSW

If you haven’t yet tried out these popular tools, now is the time to give it a go!

You can access advice and instructions via the HOTmaths help, available through the question mark icon when you are logged in.  Or contact your Cambridge consultant for advice – we’re happy to help.

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