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Mathematics: Professional organizations/listservs: MDOE Mathematics Page http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/math/index.html Mathematics List-serv Registration https://list.terc.edu/mailman/listinfo/maine-math Math Content Literacy (MDOE page) http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/math/content.html Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine (ATOMIM) http://members.aceweb.com/bowdish/atomim/ Association of Teachers of Mathematics, New England (ATMNE) http://www.atmne.net/ National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) http://www.nctm.org Websites that provide useful teaching and learning resources/tools (alphabetical order) EE = Early Elementary IE = Intermediate Elementary MS = Middle School HS = High School EE IE MS HS URL http://academic.pgcc.edu/~ssinex/excelets/ x x “Excelets are interactive Excel spreadsheets or simulations of mathematical models. The user changes a variable and the spreadsheet changes in numerical, graphical, and/or even symbolic form (equations). Through the use of numerical experimentation and "what if" scenarios, we have a powerful learning tool for students using readily available off-the-shelf software. All of this is done computationally with no use of programming, macros, or Visual Basics for Applications, VBA. The use of VBA adds another level of sophistication via programming and also possible security concerns. An Excelet with or without VBA resembles a "Javaless" applet. It is assumed that users of this guide are experienced with the use of Excel.” This website includes numerous applications for mathematics. http://coolmath4kids.com/ x x x x “Cool math 4 kids is a math site specially designed for what kids like and how they learn!” The site features math lessons, math practice, math games, reference tools, a math dictionary, etc. and offers resources for elementary math through calculus. http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/ekowalcz/math/index.htm x x x x This website provides links to numerous interactive websites on a variety of math topics for a variety of grade spans: number sense and operations; data analysis, probability, and discrete math; patterns, algebra, and functions; geometry and measurement; and structure and logic. 1 http://illuminations.nctm.org/ x x x x This site includes NCTM-endorsed standards-based lessons and interactive activities for all grades. http://investigations.terc.edu/library/Games_index.cfm x x This link provides games and activities that are mathematically worthwhile and interesting to and engaging for students in the given grade bands. http://mathforum.org/mathtools/sitemap.html x x x This link is organized first by grade level and then by topic. Registration is free. http://mathforum.org/mathtools/started.html x x “Here you'll find a wealth of resources designed to help you use the power of interactive software to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics... Resources are categorized by course, topic, and, sometimes, subtopic, as well as by resource type and technology type (see the pop-up menus at the top of each page). Registration is free.” http://www.mathtv.com/onlinebooks/ x ONLINE TEXTBOOKS: These books are being made available online for evaluation and class testing through June 2010. They are suitable for Algebra I and II. http://matrixgames.altec.org/ x “The MATRIX Project provides resources to improve middle school reading and mathematics achievement through the development of interactive educational games that use PDAs, iPods and video cameras, along with web-based resources including Quantum Simulations' online Artificial Intelligence Assessors and Tutors.” http://msteacher.org/math/default.aspx x This website is designed for middle-school teachers looking for standards-based lessons, activities, and technological tools for mathematics. The site was funded by the National Science Foundation. http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx x x This site enables students to create simple line graphs, bar graphs, area, graph x-y plots, and pie charts and includes an online tutorial. http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html x x x x “Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport. Too much of current instruction fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of manipulatives, physical objects that help students visualize relationships and applications. We can now use computers to create virtual learning environments to address the same goals.” http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/parentsteachers/lessons/index.html x x “Whether at home, in the classroom, or at an after-school group, these engaging hands-on lessons and activities bring CYBERCHASE to your favorite fans. And since each activity is rooted in the NCTM standards, in addition to the fun, you can expect lots of math learning in every activity.” 2 http://www.321know.com/kinder.htm x x x This site has hundreds of pages of interactive practice and math lessons organized by grade level (K-8) and topic. http://www.aaamath.com/ x x x “AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. Unlimited practice is available on each topic which allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual's current level. Immediate feedback prevents practicing and learning incorrect methods, which is a common result of traditional homework and worksheets. Practice can continue as long as desired in a non-threatening format which helps build self-esteem and confidence.” http://www.actuarialfoundation.org/youth/mathacademy.html x x “Created by teachers for teachers, the Math Academy tools and activities included in these booklets were designed to create hands-on activities and a fun learning environment for the teaching of mathematics to students. You can use Math Academy activities to enhance your math instruction while staying true to the academic rigor required by the state standards framework.” http://www.algebasics.com/ x x “Algebasics is a fine online mathematics instructional resource that takes young and old alike through the basics of algebra. The breadth of the material is divided into sixteen sections, which begin with, "the basics," and proceed all the way to a section on applying algebra to real-world situations.” http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/ x x The Maths Dictionary is animated, interactive, and allows students to practice their math skills. Over 500 terms are explained in simple language. http://www.aplusmath.com/ x x x This website was developed to help students improve their math skills interactively. There are flash cards, games, worksheets, and more. http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/ x x x This site links to interactive games for addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and fractions and ratios. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/maths/ x x x This website provides a few interactive games on a few math topics: number, shape and measurement, and data. http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/15.cfm?s=15&p=253,index x x x x This website provides teachers with a wide variety of white board math resources. 3 http://www.brainingcamp.com/ x x “Brainingcamp online [subscription-based] educational math software enables students to apply knowledge and skills to solve real world math problems. Guided by NCTM and State math standards for 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th grade and middle school, math learning is made interesting and fun. Software units feature engaging and rich educational content aligned with 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade and middle school math standards. Brainingcamp math software is suitable for classroom, computer lab, and home use.” Teachers can apply for a 30-day free trial. http://www.coolmath.com/ x x This website includes math lessons, puzzles, and games, as well as a number of other “cool” features for students, teachers, and parents. http://www.coolmath4kids.com/ x x This website includes math lessons, puzzles, and games, as well as a number of other “cool” features for younger students, teachers, and parents. http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Groups/Browse x x x “Curriki is more than your average website; we're a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world. Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of 'curriculum' and 'wiki' which is the technology we're using to make education universally accessible. Curriki is built on the XWiki platform, an open source development platform and „Next Generation Wiki‟ application developed in Java and released the LGPL open source license.” http://www.cut-the-knot.org/Curriculum/index.shtml x x http://www.cut-the-knot.org/games.shtml http://www.cut-the-knot.org/WhatIs/index.shtml This website features over 1,000 links to interactive math games and other activities. The What Is What in Mathematics link provides another great online dictionary tool. http://www.dositey.com/2008/index-page-free_activities.php x x x This website provides free interactive language arts games and a tool for building worksheets. Some features are only available to customers who have a subscription, but there are many free activities. http://www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org/aunty/index.html x x “Welcome to the world of Aunty Math! Periodically, Aunt Mathilda Mathews or "Aunty Math" (also known as Angela Giglio Andrews) will present a new math challenge to the internet audience via the DuPage Children's Museum site on the World Wide Web. Each challenge is presented in the form of a story taken from the life of Aunty Math, her two nephews Barney and Danny, and her niece Gina. Aunty Math challenges present an opportunity for students in grades K-5 to use their math and thinking skills to solve various problems. These challenges can be found on the Challenge of the Week page.” http://www.edhelper.com/ x x x x This website requires a small annual subscription fee, but the activities made available to registered users are extensive. There are two types of annual subscriptions: basic ($19.99) and everything ($39.98). 4 http://www.figurethis.org/index.html x x “Figure This! demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students.... Each challenge features a description of the important math involved, a note on where the math is used in the real world, a hint to get started, complete solutions, a "Try This" section , additional related problems with answers, questions to think about, fun facts related to the math, and resources for further exploration.” This website is supported by NCTM. http://www.funbrain.com/numbers.html x x This website provides students in Grades 3-5 links to interactive activities that reinforce math skills. http://www.geogebra.org/cms/ x x “GeoGebra is dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins arithmetic, geometry, algebra and calculus. On the one hand, GeoGebra is an interactive geometry system. You can do constructions with points, vectors, segments, lines, conic sections as well as functions and change them dynamically afterwards. On the other hand, equations and coordinates can be entered directly. Thus, GeoGebra has the ability to deal with variables for numbers, vectors and points, finds derivatives and integrals of functions and offers commands like Root or Extremum. These two views are characteristic of GeoGebra: an expression in the algebra view corresponds to an object in the graphics view and vice versa.” http://www.homeschoolmath.net/online/ x x x “This website was developed for use by parents who homeschool their children. Navigating the site can be a bit tedious, but there are some free „kid-friendly‟ interactive math links for those patient enough to find them.” http://www.insidemathematics.org/ x x x x “Inside Mathematics [is] a professional resource for educators passionate about improving students' mathematics learning and performance. This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site.” http://www.ixl.com/ x x x x This website is relatively new and is expanding annually. It currently features K-8 standards aligned to 2007 Maine Learning Results, 2009 Maine Grade Level Expectations, and the 2010 Common Core. Teachers and students can access online tools for practicing concepts and skills. The site can be used for daily practice, intervention, or enrichment. To use all of the site‟s features schools would need to have a subscription, but some features can be used without one at this time. High-school teachers may find the site useful for helping struggling mathematics students. The site may expand to include high- school standards in the near future. http://www.kidsnumbers.com/ x x “KidsNumbers.com is the absolutely free math resource designed by teachers, specifically for students and children of all ages. A place where students can practice all aspects of math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, in a fun and pressure free way. Math Foundations is a cutting edge, free 12 week program that will help build the foundation your student need to do well in Kindergarten.” http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/default.asp x x x “Visualizing huge numbers can be very difficult. People regularly talk about millions of miles, billions of bytes, or trillions of dollars, yet it's still hard to grasp just how much a "billion" really is. The MegaPenny Project aims to help by taking one small everyday item, the U.S. penny, and building on that to answer the question: "What would a billion (or a trillion) pennies look like?" 5 http://www.learner.org/resources/browse.html x x x x This website allows users to search by discipline and by grade and provides free videos on a wide variety of topics. Click on “Mathematics” and select the grade span you in which you are most interested: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12. http://www.mangahigh.com/en_us/ x x x x “Mangahigh.com is one of the world‟s first games-based-learning sites, where students learn Mathematics via purpose-built casual games that balance fun and learning. Mangahigh was founded by an experienced team of mathematicians and game specialists who strive to balance game play and education. Games-Based Learning fuses computer games and academic subjects to provide a compelling and exciting supplement to traditional pedagogy. Many scientific studies have shown that students perform better with the help of Games- Based Learning.” http://www.mathcats.com/#contents x x x x "The Web site at www.mathcats.com offers playful explorations of mathematical ideas that will pique students' interest... The most powerful part of the Web site... is the interactive applets that help students explore mathematics in a way that develops understanding... When students enter the door of "Math Cats Love MicroWorlds!" they will find applets for every Content Standard as well as activities just for fun, many involving problem solving... This rich activity site offers mathematics students plenty to explore." (NCTM 2003) http://www.math.com/ x x “Math.com is dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math. Combining educationally sound principles with proprietary technology, Math.com offers a unique experience that quickly guides the user to the solutions they need and the products they want. These solutions include assessment, on- demand modular courses that target key math concepts, 24/7 live online tutoring, and expert answers to math questions. In addition to solutions, Math.com offers exploratory and recreational introductions to the world of math that will lead to deeper understanding and enjoyment. The range of services, products and solutions offered makes Math.com the single source for all math needs.” http://www.mathfactcafe.com/ x x “Free math worksheets for elementary school and home use. This includes generators for math drills, flashcards, time, money, and more!” http://www.mathleague.com/help/help.htm x x “This is a help resource for 4th through 8th grades. We have just redesigned and reformatted these pages to enable faster loading and display times, but some pages still load slowly. Different browsers display graphics differently, so some math symbols may not appear to line up perfectly in some sentences.” http://www.mathops.com/ x x “Free and subscription online pre-algebra and algebra course. It is like having your own private math teacher or tutor, but with interactive lessons you access whenever you are ready.” “The program is designed to mimic or supplement the classroom experience. Students first read a math tutorial or listen to our students and teachers read it to them. They then link to a visual tutorial in which a teacher or a fellow student shows how to solve a math problem. A practice quiz gives students immediate feedback on their understanding. Math worksheets provide extra practice and supplemental learning. Absent students, and students who may have been mentally 'absent' in class, now have something to fall back on.” 6 http://www.mathplayground.com/index.html x x Math Playground is an action-packed site for elementary and middle-school students. The site includes math games, word problems, logic puzzles, and math videos. http://www.mathtv.com/ x x For students who learn best by listening to someone explain a math concept or skill and by viewing the steps one at a time, this site is awesome! The topic-specific videos are free and can be enlarged by right clicking “switch to full screen.” http://www.numbernut.com/map.html x x x x http://www.numbernut.com/basic/activities/index.shtml http://www.numbernut.com/advanced/activities/index.shtml This site features basic and advanced math activities, some of which could be used on a SMART Board for small- or large-group review or practice and some of which could be used by individual students using a desktop or laptop computer. http://www.philtulga.com/resources.html x x “If you're interested in connecting music to other areas of the curriculum, this page is for you! It contains links to all of my free arts integration resources, multimedia activities, and homemade instrument projects.” http://www.playkidsgames.com/mathGames.htm x x x “Play Kids Games provides free online kids games that are both fun and educational. Aimed at ages pre-K through middle school, Play Kids Games offers kids a safe environment to discover their abilities and learn new skills with interactive and fun computer games.” http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/Browse/?start_browsing_on=74&transaction_id=4429 x x x Interactivate is a set of free, online courseware for exploration in science and mathematics. It is comprised of activities, lessons, and discussions. http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/tools/ x x x Interactivate includes a set of free, online tools for doing mathematics. http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jeather/maths/dictionary.html x x x This website provides an online dictionary of math terms and concepts. Definitions often include clear illustrations/examples and/or interactive elements to reinforce understanding. http://www.thatquiz.org/ x x x x “ThatQuiz is a free online resource for math practice and testing. It was written in the summer of 2004 and later expanded according to teacher needs and requests. The original goal was to provide easily accessible software for schools which were not fully utilizing the computers they had in their classrooms. The site has also become popular for students who want extra math practice at home. Although the first tests available were most suitable for elementary school students, new areas have been added for higher grades: algebra, angles, triangles, probability and geometry. All users have access to all of the tests without registration. There is no reason for students to register since the additional features are only useful for teachers. Registration is free and teachers who choose to register receive record-keeping of scores for their classes. They have access to more precise test-generation tools, can create single tests with questions from different categories, can create matching and multiple choice questions, and can access a public test library.” 7 http://www.thinkingblocks.com/ x x x “Thinking Blocks is an engaging, interactive math tool developed by classroom teachers to help students learn how to solve multi-step word problems. Using brightly colored blocks, students model the relationships among the components of each word problem. With the help of a virtual teacher, students walk through a simple problem solving process and arrive at a solution. When building the models, students must identify information that is given as well as information that is unknown. Identifying and solving for an unknown quantity is a key concept in algebra. Thinking Blocks encourages students to look beyond the surface to discover the concepts and relationships that are at the core of every math problem.” http://www.visualfractions.com/ x x x http://www.visualfractions.com/inform.htm This site was built by a middle-school mathematics teacher and adjunct instructor for the University of Maine in Presque Isle (now retired) who believes that fractions are best learned when they can be seen. The second link above explains the possible uses of the site, including a report feature that may interest teachers. http://www.worldofteaching.com/ x x This website provides teachers with PowerPoint presentations that can be used as is or saved and then edited/adapted by right clicking on the mouse. http://www2.edc.org/mistm/ x x This website includes links aligned with 1997 Maine Learning Results, but the activities are still appropriate for math concepts and skills included in the 2007 MLRs. 8