11 Mathematics Resources to try in 2011
From the Free Technology for Teachers blog.
NCTM Lessons and Resources
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics searchable library of math lessons and resources.
Drexel University: Math Forum
This site features math resources, lessons, homework help, student collaboration. The site says, “We are teachers, mathematicians, researchers, students, and parents using the power of the Web to learn math and improve math education. We offer a wealth of problems and puzzles; online mentoring; research; team problem solving; collaborations; and professional development. Students have fun and learn a lot. Educators share ideas and acquire new skills.
Explore some of our popular programs ….”
Over 1800 tutorial videos on math (and other content areas). Math videos are organized by each mathematical discipline.
Star Legacy Modules--Mathematics
Web based modules developed by the Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG). Each module provides information about working with students with disabilities. Each interactive module is made up of five components: Challenge, Initial Thoughts, Perspective & Resources, Assesment and Wrap Up.
Sites for Teachers Math Resources
Links to lesson plans, ideas & activities, board games, applications, puzzles & problems, and organizations
"At Mathalicious, we believe that math isn’t something to learn, but a tool to learn about other things. Our mission is to help transform the way math is taught by providing you with the best, most meaningful and most relevant math content available. Our lessons are aligned to traditional state standards but, unlike most content, emphasize conceptual understanding through engaging real-world applications.What does this mean for you and your students? It means you can use linear equations to pick the right cell phone plan, and percents to get healthier. It means you can use proportions to compare the iPhone and the iPad, and explore whether the Olympics are fair. Our approach means that you as a teacher can foster real conversations, real learning about topics that students really care about."
FreeTech4Teachers Mathematics Resources
Links to a lot of math resources
Education World’s Math Resources
The online presence for AIMS (Activities Integrating Math, Science, & Technology) offers lots of great teacher support in math and science, including puzzles and activities, an activities database, an idea exchange, correlations to state standards, history of math resources, a pattern-based curriculum, and file downloads.
- Change Maker
This Funbrain simulation provides the opportunity for students to practice that most arduous of tasks, making change. Choose a level of difficulty (easy, medium, hard, or super brain), and then proceed to make change for amounts from $1 to $100. The site now offers practice in the denominations of the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, and Mexico!
- Elementary Problem of the Week
This Swarthmore site challenges elementary-school students to solve unusual problems and encourages them to verbalize their solutions. Registered students can have their submissions answered by "visiting math mentors"; students also have the opportunity to become mentors themselves. Great real-world problem-solving applications make this site a winner -- and it has a great archive too!
- MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
Math instruction can be much more powerful when you include the background and rationale for major ideas and applications. This site provides an overview of the history behind math, including biographies of famous mathematicians and historical perspectives of their ideas. This site has awesome material in the hands of a master math teacher!
- Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
Did you know there were many ways to construct a triangle? This fabulous Web resource catalogs a multitude of games and puzzles on arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, fast reckoning, mathematics as a language, proofs in mathematics, a dozen ways to construct a triangle -- and many other teaching ideas and activities. If you are looking for stimulating, higher-level ways to integrate technology into your math classroom, this may be the place you’ve been looking for!
- Math in Daily Life
Yes, they’re still asking, "Why do I need to know this?" in math classes, and now you can have additional answers in your arsenal. Math in Daily Life is another great site from the Annenberg Project, this one on everyday math applications for upper elementary and middle school students. Using such practical applications as banking, cooking, decorating, and determining game probability, students complete activities that help them appreciate the importance of math as a discipline -- and as the "universal language"!
- Math Never Dies
"You have infiltrated the secure site of the Hex Agency. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to track down international criminals using your math skills." This ThinkQuest site covers algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as it entices students to complete scenarios in espionage. Who knew math could be this exciting?
- Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
This site presents the study of symmetry as one approach to analyzing patterns in Oriental carpets. Through symmetry analysis, students can identify areas of pattern that exhibit expected repetitions and areas that vary from that expectation. This unique way of studying patterns is ideal for upper elementary and middle school classes.
- ThinkQuest Stock Game
This ThinkQuest site allows students to develop a hypothetical stock portfolio and track their investments using actual stock market quotes. Students set up a free login and password and then get ready to buy and sell stocks -- starting with $100,000 to spend! Don’t let the references to past years fool you; this game is still up and running and ready to go!
The World of Math Online
Homework help, tutorials, practice, tutoring, online calculators and tools, and games
Financial Education Guides for Kids
Easy-to-read financial literacy information and guide for kids
Math Resources - Tutorials, Formulas, Calculators, Directories
"This Math Resource Directory will link you to resources on the web for Math Directories, Math Tutorials, Calculators and Converters, Money and Financial Literacy, Formulas and Symbols, Data, Facts and Figures, History of Math and Math Tools."
- Interactive graphics, algebra and spreadsheet
- From elementary school to university level
- Free learning materials
- Requires iTunes and Flash 9
These applets can be manipulated by the students. They are visual and animation-oriented. Moving figures on the screen will help students to grasp the meaning of mathematical ideas intuitively.
An Introduction to Trigonometry
Online trigonometry tutorials
Distance Calculus at Suffolk University
Courses, reference material, calculus topics, pedagogy, algebra, number theory, graphing calculators, and trigonometry.
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Online manipulative resources to help students learn to perform basic and complicated mathematical functions
National Security Agency%u2019s Collected Learning Units
The National Security Agency’s (NSA) Mathematics Education Partnership Program (MEPP site) houses lessons developed by teachers for elementary grades (arithmetic, data analysis, fractions, geometry, probability/patterns), middle grades (pre-algebra, algebra/graphing/statistics, geometry, number theory, interdisciplinary), and high school (pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, Internet, science, and modeling).
Harvey Mudd College Online Mathematics Tutorials
Online tutorials for algebra, pre-calculus and calculus
Math review materials for algebra, calculus, differential equations, trigonometry, etc.
Tutorials for the Calculus Phobe
Animated calculus tutorials in Flash format explain calculus audio-visually
Online tutorials that use flash animations
Free Educational Resources for Educational Excellence--Math Resources
The U.S. government’s math resource site for algebra, geometry, data analysis, and numbers and operations.
Students can submit and equation and get an explanation of how to solve it.
The Futures Channel
The Futures Channel has math and science resources. It offers videos and small lessons that connect math and science to occupations (so this could go in both the math and science sections) The lesson plans are often rather unsophisticated, but the videos offer fertile ground for growing project ideas.
We All Use Math Every Day
"This Web site houses an archive of classroom activities from Seasons 1 through 4 of the CBS television show "NUMB3RS." For each season, you will find suggestions from leading classroom educators on how to use concepts from NUMB3RS episodes as a teaching tool through classroom activities and discussion. Activities from Season 3 are available in Spanish."
“iFigure provides links to online calculators and worksheets. These are interactive, educational tools that provide information to help in planning, solving and making decisions for a multitude of problems and tasks that come up daily, such as buying a home, checking on your health, investing money, figuring business profits, making statistical comparisons, or calculating pump pressure.”
Snag Learning Math-Science Videos
High-quality documentary films as educational tools to ignite meaningful discussion within the math-science learning community.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators--Math Resources
Web resource list of Math resources, tutorials, interactive tools and manipulatives, etc.
Math Resources from the American Mathematical Society
Links to educational math products.
A Catalog of Mathematics on the WWW and the Internet
A variety of resource links from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin
Guide to Online Schools--A Complete List of Math Resources
Annotated list of resources for basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, differential equations, pre-calculus and calculus.
Practice, tutorials, online calculators and tools, games
Drills and worksheets for a variety of math concepts and skills
GED Math resources, tutorials, practice for adult learners