Background and Rationale

In this era with rapid development of technology, the years ahead will be very challenging for teaching and learning in all over the world included in the Southeast Asian region, and in particular for mathematics education. Teachers are confronted with the situation that concern of educating young minds to meet the challenges in a globalising world and fast development of information technology. Education for All (EFA) programme brings new challenges to mathematics educators who will need to find strategies for teaching a more diverse group of students, while at same time ensuring minimum standards and engaging those who wish to pursue a career in mathematics and science.

Undeniable, technology is an essential tool for learning mathematics in the 21st century. Effective teachers maximize the potential of technology to develop students’ understanding, stimulate their interest, and increase their proficiency in mathematics. When technology is used strategically, it can provide access to mathematics for all students.

The use of technology cannot replace conceptual understanding, computational fluency, or problem-solving skills. However, in a balanced mathematics program, the strategic use of technology enhances mathematics teaching and learning. Thus, teachers must be knowledgeable decision makers in determining when and how their students can use technology most effectively. 

Programs for teachers professional development must continually update their knowledge of technology and its classroom applications. Such programs should include the development of mathematics lessons that take advantage of technology-rich environments and the integration of technology in day-to-day instruction, instilling an appreciation for the power of technological tools and their potential impact on students’ learning and use of mathematics. Teachers must remain open to learning new technologies, implementing them effectively in a coherent and balanced instructional program. 

Therefore, this 3rd International Symposium on Innovation of Mathematics Education  - a joint session with the 19th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics - is presented as an international forum to foster the exchange of innovative ideas and strategies for mathematics teaching and learning for the 21st century and to foster collaboration and partnerships amongst mathematics educators.