What is e-ako maths?
- e-ako maths is a resource created to support students' development of a sound knowledge and understanding of important maths ideas from levels 1-5 of the New Zealand Curriculum.
- e-ako maths is designed to complement and support a classroom teaching programme and is not intended to be a stand alone tool for teaching these important concepts. The supporting resources linked below will help integrate e-ako maths into your class programme. Click to read about ways that the student e-ako can be used, both by students and as professional learning and development for teachers.
- Each student will have their own account so that they can explore the material at their own pace. Each account needs to have a unique username, but the accounts can share an email address so you could use a class email address if you wish.
- e-ako maths provides pathways of interactive learning modules (e-ako) for students to work through. Students can choose from the available e-ako, with assessment e-ako restricting access to more difficult material. Teachers who create a class for their students gain access to all available e-ako.
- The student pathways currently available in e-ako maths are: fractions & place value, multiplication & division, algebra, geometry & measurement, probability & statistics, and problem solving. Click to download a map of the student e-ako content (xls, 59KB).
- Each e-ako contains both teaching screens and interactive elements for students to complete. These interactive elements include matching tasks, multiple choice questions, and short answer questions.
Frequently Asked Questions for students and whānau
How do I get started? (show)
- Accounts are free to students within New Zealand.
To create a student account for e-ako maths go to e-ako.nzmaths.co.nz/ and click on the "Student registration" link.
What do I do if I've forgotten my password? (show)
- If you've forgotten your password you can enter your username in the box on the Forgotten password page. An email will be sent to the email address given when your account was created. If this was your teacher's email address you may need to ask them to help reset your password.
How do I know which activities to do? (show)
- Your teacher may have asked you to complete specific e-ako or to work on a specific pathway. If not then you can choose whichever pathway interests you, or whichever pathway you think you need to learn more about. The e-ako at the left hand end of each pathway are easiest and they get harder as you move to the right. The orange steps on the pathway are assessment e-ako and you will need to complete them before you can move on to more difficult e-ako.
What happens if I don't have time to finish an e-ako? (show)
- If you don't have time to finish the e-ako you are working on, the pages you have completed will be saved. You can just carry on from the same page next time you log in.
Frequently Asked Questions for teachers
How do I get started? (show)
- Teachers should access e-ako maths using their nzmaths username and password. You can register an account for nzmaths on the Register new user page.
- If you have forgotten your nzmaths log in details, enter your email address or username in the box on the Request new nzmaths password page and you will be sent a link which allows you to reset your password. The first line of that email tells you your nzmaths username.
- The first time you log in to e-ako maths using your nzmaths account you will be asked to either link an existing e-ako maths account or register a new one. You will only need to do this once. If you have forgotten your e-ako maths log in details, enter your email address or username in the box on the Forgotten e-ako password page and you will be sent a link which allows you to choose a new password.
- Once you have linked an e-ako account you will have access to a large collection of PLD e-ako in the four PLD 360 pathways. You will also be able to create a class to track your students progress in the student e-ako pathways.
How can I track my students? (show)
- As long as you have logged into e-ako using the "Teacher login" button, or by logging in on nzmaths, you should have the option to "Create a class to track my students" at the top of the left hand navigation menu in e-ako maths. Click on this link, identify your school and choose a name for your class. You will be given a unique join code for your class.
- Use the join code when you are registering new accounts for your students, or tell students with existing accounts to go to their profile page and enter your join code.
- Click the small arrow at the top right of the left hand navigation menu, and choose "Monitor student progress" to track the progress of your class on the student e-ako.
How do I register students? (show)
- You can create a student account for e-ako maths by going to e-ako.nzmaths.co.nz/ and clicking on the "Student registration" link.
- If you need to create accounts for several students you may prefer to upload a class list. To do so, log in to your account, click the small arrow at the top right of the left hand navigation menu, and choose "Manage class". Click the "Import users" button at the top right of the screen and follow the instructions. Note that your class list needs to have the correct column headings, and needs to be saved in CSV format. Download a template CSV file.
How do I remove students from my class? (show)
- Log in to your account, click the small arrow at the top right of the left hand navigation menu, and choose "Manage class". Drag the students that you want to remove from the "My students" box to the "Remove students" box. These students will be moved to your school's "Unallocated students" class. They will still be able to use e-ako maths and will not lose any points, but you will no longer be able to track their progress.
How can we move students from one class to another? (show)
- Students can move their account from one class to another by going to their profile page and entering the join code for their new class. Their progress will all be retained and their new teacher will be able to track their progress from their teacher account. Schools can apply for an administrator account by having their principal complete this form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. An administrator account can be used to quickly move groups of students between classes within a school or to track the progress of all students in a school.
What supporting resources are available? (show)
- This map of the student e-ako content (xls, 59KB) indicates the approximate level of NZC for each e-ako, and also outlines their content and contexts.
- Teaching units (show).
This collection of teaching units has been developed to support the learning in e-ako maths. The activities can either be used in the sequence presented, or as individual activities to support your own teaching ideas.
|Units to support place value e-ako||Supports student e-ako:|
|Level 1||Knowing five|
Teen numbers (building with tens)
|Building with tens||PV 1 and 2|
|Level 2||Building with tens and hundreds||PV 3 and 4|
|Level 3||Place value with whole numbers and decimals||PV 5 to 8|
|Units to support fractions e-ako||Supports student e-ako:|
|Level 2||Fraction bits and parts||Fractions 1 and 2|
|Symbols and sets||Fractions 3 and 4|
|Ordering proper and improper fractions||Fractions 5 and 6|
|Level 3||Addition, subtraction and equivalent fractions||Fractions 7 to 9|
|Multiplying fractions||Fractions 10|
|Dividing fractions||Fractions 11|
|Units to support algebra e-ako||Supports student e-ako:|
|Level 1||Numerals and Expressions||Equations and expressions 1 and 2|
|Equality and Equations||Equations and expressions 3, 4 and 5|
|Inequality symbols and relationships||Equations and expressions 6|
|Level 2||Number families and relationships||Equations and expressions 7|
|Level 3||Multiplication and division relationships||Equations and expressions 8 and 9|
|The order of operations||Equations and expressions 10|
|A study of number properties||Equations and expressions 11 and 12|
|Level 4||Unknowns and variables: Solving one-step equations||Equations and expressions 13 and 14|
|Solving multi-step equations||Equations and expressions 15 and 16|
|Units to complement and support algebra e-ako||Supports student e-ako:|
|Level 1||Pattern maker *||Patterns and relationships 1 to 3|
|Mary Mary quite contrary *||Patterns and relationships 1 to 4|
|Snakes and scarves *||Patterns and relationships 3 and 4|
|Counting on counting *||Patterns and relationships 5|
|Early number patterns||Patterns and relationships 6 and 7|
|Ten in the bed *||Patterns and relationships 5 and 10|
|The three pigs *||Patterns and relationships 10 to 12|
|Beetle wheels *||Patterns and relationships 11 and 12|
|Level 2||Dual patterns||Patterns and relationships 8|
|Mapping relationships||Patterns and relationships 9, 11 and 12|
|Pede patterns *||Patterns and relationships 11 and 12|
|Stair cases *||Patterns and relationships 11 and 12|
|Supermarket displays *||Patterns and relationships 11 and 12|
|Letter patterns *||Patterns and relationships 10 to 12|
|Level 3||Matchstick patterns *||Patterns and relationships 11 to 14|
|Hundreds of patterns *||Patterns and relationships 12 to 14|
|Level 4||Drive *||Patterns and relationships 15 to 18|
|The truth about triangles and squares *||Patterns and relationships 16 to 18|
- e-ako for teachers: professional learning (show).
- Place value PD e-ako 1: The language of place value and four important place value concepts.
- Place value PD e-ako 2: Progressions in place value and how to use the student e-ako.
- Fractions PD e-ako 1: Representations, contexts and language of fractions.
- Fractions PD e-ako 2: Key mathematical ideas about fractions.
- Fractions PD e-ako 3: Early teaching progressions and how students learn fractions.
- Fractions PD e-ako 4: Teaching progressions and how to use the student e-ako.
- Equations and Expressions PD e-ako 1: Introduction to algebraic thinking.
- Equations and Expressions PD e-ako 2: Numerals, addition and subtraction.
- Equations and Expressions PD e-ako 3: Exploring equality.
- Equations and Expressions PD e-ako 4: Recording ideas, including inequalities.
- Equations and Expressions PD e-ako 5: Relationships between operations.
- Equations and Expressions PD e-ako 6: Balancing equations and using unknowns.
- Patterns and Relationships PD e-ako 1: Progressions in learning.
- Patterns and Relationships PD e-ako 2: Repeating patterns.
- Patterns and Relationships PD e-ako 3: Number patterns.
- Patterns and Relationships PD e-ako 4: Sequential patterns.
- Patterns and Relationships PD e-ako 5: Relationship graphs.
- Combining Equations and Expressions with Patterns and Relationships: Relational thinking.
- Managing e-learning: Supports you in using e-ako maths as part of your PLD.
- Getting Started 1-4: Supports your preparation to teach mathematics in your year 1-4 classroom (for the first time).
- Getting Started 5-8: Supports your preparation to teach mathematics in your year 5-8 classroom (for the first time).
- Teacher Aides: Supports teacher aides working with students on maths.
- Gifted and Talented 1: Supports you in identifying mathematically gifted and talented students.
- Gifted and Talented 2: Supports you in meeting the educational needs of mathematically gifted and talented students.
- Teaching basic facts: Supports you as you work with your students to understand basic facts.
- Teaching problem solving: Supports you as you develop problem solving in your classroom.
- Teaching students with special needs: Supports your teaching of students with special education needs and, in particular, those who are likely to learn within level one of The New Zealand Curriculum for most of their years at school.
- Independent Learning: Supports you in maximising student learning when students are not working directly with you.
- Worthwhile Tasks: Supports you in creating more worthwhile maths tasks to engage your students.
- Introducing MIC: An introduction to key ideas about Mathematical Inquiry Communities