During the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Talking Maths in Public organised a series of online events for maths communicators to discuss topics related to maths communication, and to keep in contact and network with other maths communicators.
Six sessions took place over the summer, each with a different theme, and with invited guests to share their thoughts and knowledge, and more sessions were added from September onwards.
Thursday 17th September - Teaching Maths CommunicationMany universities offer modules within their maths degrees, or whole masters/degree courses on communication, including specifically maths communication. We'll discuss how these courses are run, what kind of material they cover, and how they can be useful in producing fresh new maths communicators.
Thursday 29th October - Geogebra workshopGeogebra is a dynamic geometry tool which allows you to make and manipulate geometrical constructions. It has Classroom features to allow you to work with groups remotely, and in this session, Ben Sparks will demonstrate the basics of Geogebra and the classroom environment, while Becky Warren will share some of the visual art techniques she’s been using to engage people with maths.
Thursday 26th November - Inclusivity in Maths CommunicationWe were joined by a panel of speakers representing organisations that run events in maths and science communication, to discuss issues around diversity and inclusivity, and share how they've been making maths communication accessible, particularly in the current climate.
Thursday 21st May - Online eventsLive events - science festivals, conferences and talks - have been a major casualty of the crisis. We talk about how to run online events, and how to make them stand out and run smoothly.
Thursday 28th May - Learning new skillsMany have been thrown in at the deep end with the transition to remote working - we discuss and share resources for those who want to learn new skills - and consider the merits of playing to your existing strengths.
Thursday 4th June - Maths communication in universitiesPeople who deliver maths outreach activities as part of a university or large organisation may find this aspect of their work has been disrupted. We discuss what people can still do, and how to still access training.
Thursday 30th April - Catch-up, general networking and discussionThis first session was a chance to see people, catch up and discuss the challenges we face in these unprecedented times.
Thursday 7th May - Online video/conferencing softwareThere are a plethora of formats and platforms for sharing and discussion online - we run through the basics of how to use some, and discuss the pros and cons of different applications.
Thursday 14th May - Making online maths interactiveWhile much of online maths communication can be read or watched, some content also involves interaction. We discuss how these kinds of resources can be used to make online maths communication more engaging.