Annotated Bibliography of Mathematics Resources
Discovery Education website http://www.discoveryeducation.com
Discovery education aims at empowering mathematics teachers to improve student performance by providing mathematics resources such as lesson plans for teaching elementary to high school grade levels. Its lesson plans are carefully sorted for easy browsing by subject area and grade level. Other mathematics resources available in this website include electronic media resources and interactive digital textbooks that provide learners with unique experience. In addition, the website supports teacher and parent development through providing network support for professional development and resources for both parents and teachers. Apart from mathematics teachers, teachers of other subjects including social studies, arts and literature, science, business, technology and health would find the website useful because it provides lesson plans for these subjects as well.
Math is Fun website: http://www.mathsisfun.com/
This website provides resources for teaching and learning various mathematics topics including numbers, algebra, measurement, geometry, money, and statistics. The main goal of the website is to make mathematics as much fun as possible hence help to build a positive attitude towards the subject. To do so the website offers opportunities for applying mathematics knowledge to solve different problems by providing a variety of student activities, puzzles, and games. In addition, learners and teaches can find a mathematics dictionary that offers definitions and demonstrations of various math terms. Students can also access and print mathematics worksheets for personal practice and time tables for sticking in their exercise books. The website contains a teacher’s page with suggestions on how to inspire their classes hence this website is appropriate for both math teachers and students.
Northeast & the Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NEIRTEC): http://www.neirtec.org/
Mathematics teachers will find this website useful because it provides manipulatives, tools and other resources that will transform their classes into centers of excellence. Through its projects, the website provides materials and activities for professional development especially on how to integrate technology into mathematics teaching. For instance, through mission Algebra project, the site offers guidelines to district leaders on how to support learning of algebra using technology. In addition, the site provides links to many other mathematics resources including manipulatives, lesson plans, forums, and models.
Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd): http://www.cited.org/
This is a rich source of virtual manipulatives for learning mathematics. The site advocates for the use of assistive technology to provide equal learning opportunities to all children including those with disabilities. The site adds a new dimension to the use of manipulatives by providing insights on how virtual manipulatives could be used in place of concrete ones such as Cuisenaire Rods, Base 10 Blocks, Pan Balance – Numbers, illuminations, Arcytec – Educational Java Programs, and Tangrams. It also provides links to electronic mathematics tools, lesson plans, and activities for various grade levels.
World of Math Online: http://www.math.com/
This site provides mathematics resources for a wide range of content areas mainly fractions, decimals, exponents, inequalities, percentages, square roots, and numbers. It assists teachers with lesson plans, professional development information, and classroom resources for teaching math such as practice work sheets, tables, and formulas. It also provides parents with guidelines on how to help their children complete math homework, address children’s special needs, and facilitate home schooling. Among its most comprehensively covered subject is the use of calculators. The site provides dozens of different types of calculators and math games. In addition, students and teachers can access questions and answer work sheets for practice in different content areas.