Derry ‘inventor’ helps build kids’ maths skills

Franz Schlindwein demonstrates IZAK 9 with Rosemount PS pupils Lauren Burton and Patrick O'Kane-Duddy.

Franz Schlindwein demonstrates IZAK 9 with Rosemount PS pupils Lauren Burton and Patrick O'Kane-Duddy.

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A former Derry maths teacher has designed and launched an innovative educational maths resource known as IZAK 9.

Franz Schlindwein’s concept features Helix and Abacus - two helpful on-screen animated characters.

The product consists of 27 coloured cubes displaying different combinations of colour, number and shape.

Mixed ability groups are guided through a series of interactive learning modules by Helix and Abacus.

Throughout the exercise, they are developing their skills and confidence in planning, in communicating their ideas and learning from each other. Each pupil can bring a different and valid way of approaching the challenge. The set of cubes can be used with or without the software.

Franz set up the company QUBIZM to create innovative and fun ways to stimulate primary and secondary school pupils to investigate Maths concepts.

He says: “When Maths is taught in a traditional way, there is often little room for fun.

“Children can, at times, disengage from the learning process, the teacher and each other. By shifting the focus away from right and wrong and celebrating teamwork, curiosity, experimentation and communication we can build a confidence in learning that will stay for a lifetime.”

Further information on the innovation is available at www.izak9.com.