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Designing Creative Mathematics Teaching Materials Using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign

Posted on Aug 27, 2017 by Cassandra Lee Last updated on Aug 27, 2017

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Creativity in Mathematics

This resource is designed with maths educators of my institution in mind, but feel free to adapt it to create creative teaching materials of other subjects. It just happens that my forte is in maths.

As an educator who wants to incorporate creativity in the classroom, I noticed that the official teaching materials at my school emphasise creativity too little, and I wonder if my studies as an Adobe Education Trainer might be helpful in creating supplementary exercises (which are permitted) that can at least tap into the creative side of my students as they learn mathematics. I have also identified a demand in my workplace for more training on Adobe products to help them create relevant teaching materials, and I believe I can make a difference.

The main takeaway of this resource is learning and working with just enough of Illustrator and InDesign's basic functionalities to easily create elegant worksheets containing some maths questions. The ease is very important as teachers like myself are pressed for time and technical hiccups are not always our strong suit. I chose to set questions in algebra, geometry and statistics just because they are more accessible to a 3- to 14-year-old population (the target students of my educational centre) than almost all other branches of mathematics.

This Spark Page contained my thoughts as I developed this resource: https://spark.adobe.com/page/lcRwQxWHdQXrK/

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Videos
Brief Introduction to Colour Modes RGB and CYMK
Web Links

Additional Information

Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Content Standards
Basic Education Curriculum
Custom Standards
Eye Level franchise: Mathematics curriculum
ISTE NETS·S Standards
Research and Information Fluency, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making
Timing
  • 1-2 Hours
  • 1+ Day
  • 1+ Week
  • 1+ Month
  • Semester
  • Year
Technical Expertise
  • Rookie
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Pro
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Materials
  • Computers with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign installed
  • Internet connection
  • Overhead projector connected to classroom computer -- to present the video "Brief Introduction to Colour Modes RGB and CYMK"
  • KWL chart handouts -- link in "Lesson Plan"
  • "Creative Mathematics Questions" handouts -- see "Sample Creative Mathematics Questions" file
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