Friday, August 2, 2013

Online math resources recommended by Amy

From my Making Math Awesome seminar.

Learning Styles - It's critical to understand your student's learning style (and your own teaching style) before planning your curriculum.  Free  Free
Especially useful are the “Questionaire” and “Descriptions of styles”

Khan Academy - This is a great resource for math practice where students can earn badges as they make progress. There are videos for each math topic with sample problems worked out. Parents & teachers/tutors can set student goals and track their progress, and it's all FREE.

K5 Learning (Math, Reading, Spelling) - This highly engaging program has a very well-designed interface and alignment to content standards. This is probably the online system for lower elementary I like best in terms of presentation and content. Pricing is as of date of this post.
1st Child: $25 / mo or $199 / yr.  Additional students: $15 / mo or $129 / yr

ALEKS - While not as engaging or pretty as Khan Academy nor K5, this resource covers ALL the math topics from K-college (!) and is standards-aligned. An assessment determines correct placement and students can skip topics they've already mastered. Topics are explained in writing and there are sample problems to follow. It also provides useful reporting on student progress (great for charter school turn-ins!) My son actually prefers this system to Khan Academy (though not all students do.) Pricing is as of date of this post.
$19.95 / student / month,  $99.95  / 6 months, or $179.95 / 12 months

IXL Math - Another standards-based online practice. Each topic is treated separately, so you have to select the appropriate content standard for your student to work on. Friendly user interface with progress reporting available.
$9.95 monthly $79 yearly

Art of Problem Solving - This company provides, for "high-performing students," great books, online classes and an online math practice system called Alcumus. They are geared more toward self-discovery and problem-solving, and have a lot of resources for students practicing for math contests, as well as all the standard courses from pre-algebra through calculus.
Alcumus is free, classes are fee-based

Geometer's Sketchpad - This is an inexpensive software program that allows students to explore geometry and mathematics in an engaging, visual way. They offer free teaching units and activities on the website, but the possibilities are really endless! I will be using this software in my fall Exploring Geometry for Middle-Schoolers class.
$10 per student per year

TinkerPlots - This is an inexpensive software program that allows students to explore data, patterns, and statistics in an engaging, visual way. It's similar to a spreadsheet program but so much better. They offer free teaching units and activities on the website, but the possibilities are really endless! I will be using this software in my fall Middle School Adventures in Probability and Statistics class.
$10 per student per year

Living Math! - "This site is dedicated to sharing resources for learning, exploring and enjoying math in a dynamic and holistic manner, for all ages. I want to build a bridge. I'd like to close the gap between math and history, science, literature and humanity created by the isolated way we traditionally approach math education." Great book lists, and offers an un-school-y curriculum.

Purple Math - This free site is all about algebra, containing lessons from pre-algebra to advanced algebra and everything in between. The examples are useful and clear. It also offers great links to related online resources.

The Math Forum at Drexel - This free site is "the leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication" and offers "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." In particular, there are great links in the “Parents & Citizens” section.

Ask Dr. Math - This is an awesome math advice column, like Dear Abby for math. Responses are respectful, clear, interesting and offer a bit of humor. All kinds of math topics are covered.

M.C. Escher official site - This amazing artist is most famous for his mathematical prints, tessellations, and "impossible architecture." You will recognize his work. The tessellations are of particular interest to me as they introduce students to geometry in a fun and non-threatening way.

Tessellations - After your students have fun looking at the M.C. Escher tessellations, they can visit this site to make their own. Great instructions and lots of inspiration.

Math Mammoth - This is a very affordable curriculum based on Singapore principles, but without the amount of parent prep. It's primarily delivered in worksheet form, so if you are a fan of worksheets, this is for you. I also appreciate her blog & there is good information about subject sequencing, algebra, etc.

Cathy Duffy Reviews - Cathy reviews all kinds of home school resources and curriculum, not just math. While she does have a Christian world view, she reviews secular products as well as religious, and it is a great site to get an idea of what's out there for any subject.

Rainbow Resource Center - I don't think there's a home school resource you can't buy from this online catalog. They literally have tens of thousands of products available (which can be overwhelming.) Prices are good, they often have free shipping available, and you can always find what you're looking for.

Feel free to add your favorite math sites in the comments!


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