Colour in Mathematics

I have written before on how the use of colour and highlighting can add clarity to mathematical explanations. I use colour a great deal in my everyday teaching and also when writing solutions for students to use online. With written solutions I often use a colour to indicate a part of a question and then use that same colour for a partial answer as you can see in the examples presented below. Interestingly some students prefer a series of still images (no sound) to a video as they can control the pace more easily. I present just a few examples here. Note the Algebra – factorisation example, this has proved very popular with students.

Presentation, Colour in Mathematics or pdf version Colour in Mathematics.

3 comments on “Colour in Mathematics

  1. Thankyou again for sharing such excellent and achievable reminders of good teaching. Can you tell me what you are using to produce the still images with? I have been using the Upad and showme apps which are also good but what you have used looks efficient. Thanks, Cassandra.

    • HI Cassandra, I tend to use interactive whiteboard software and / or PowerPoint. I can then save as a pdf if I wish to create a format that students can easily access. My graphics tablet is essential so I can annotate images. I use the Windows snipping tool to capture an image which I can then paste into the whiteboard software and annotate. I used ActiveInspire (Promethean) when I created the slideshow above, but any whiteboard software would do. In fact Windows Paint would work.

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