Created by Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor, Concept Cartoons have been thoroughly researched in classrooms around the world. Simple cartoon-style drawings present learners with their own misconceptions and generate discussion and argument. They are easy to use in the classroom as a part of normal teaching.
Concept Cartoons are designed to introduce maths concepts in everyday settings. Each character has a different opinion about maths being discussed. All of the possible answers are plausible and highlight common learner misconceptions. Learners are invited to join in with the discussion happening in the maths Concept Cartoon. This can be in the from of a vote, group discussion or class debate. Each Concept Cartoon includes ideas for finding out about the mathematical concept in question. The book and CD both contain 130 Concept Cartoons covering the main areas of maths including addition and subtraction, shape, data handling and measuring. Background text, written in pupil-friendly language, is available for each Concept Cartoon. This suggests possible follow up activities and explains the maths behind the different alternatives. A blank speech bubble on the Concept Cartoons encourages learners to add additional ideas.
Maths Concept Cartoons are available as a book or CD-ROM. The book and the CD-ROM both contain the same Concept Cartoons and background information for teachers. The book can be used to photocopy the Concept Cartoons. The only difference between the book and CD-ROM is the interactivity on the CD-ROM which enables the text in each speech bubble to be changed and modified. Concept Cartoons can also be printed from the CD-ROM. There are two options when purchasing the Maths Concept Cartoons CD-ROM. The single user license is suitable for any individual who wants to use the Concept Cartoons software on a their own personal computer. The site license CD-ROM enables the software to be used on more than one computer, or put onto a school network for all staff to access.
Please note: the Concept Cartoons in Mathematics Education book and electronic download are sold separately. You can purchase the download from the Millgate House Education website.