



Our laptop programme gives IST students unrivalled access to various tools for learning in mathematics, and the opportunity for the use of these tools to be fully integrated not only in the mathematics curriculum but across other disciplines as well. In our first year, the "Maths Sans Frontières" week involved collaborative projects with the Humanities, Design Technology and Art departments. The use of technology as a tool for learning, not as a replacement for understanding is a key philosophical distinction for us. Whether using Cabri Géomètre to discover results in geometry, or programming a probability simulation with Excel, our aim is to empower students to achieve authentic learning in mathematics: learning that they own, understand, and will remember. This much would have been unfamiliar to Fermat  what of more 'traditional' mathematics? Fermat would doubtless also notice that even before the "white heat" of technological progress, Mathematics curricula and teaching methods were
being modernised in any case across the world. Mainstream curriculum initiatives across the UK, the US
and also within the International Baccalaureate organisation are reshaping the modern mathematics classroom as a place
for discovery, investigation and problem solving and away from the limitations of rote learning. The
learning environment at IST is enriched by these initiatives and by the diverse experiences of our students. 