When browsing for a particular online
activity in the Maths Internet Guide, it is recommended to begin from
the top of the five search strategies (Topics
and Levels) and follow the order
till you find what you want.
The five categories are
By Topics and Levels: Websites
are sorted out by curriculum topics and by grade levels.
By Topics Only:
Websites are sorted out by several curriculum topics
By Levels Only:
are sorted out by several grade levels (e.g. Grade 5-6, Year 8-9).
By Single Topic/Theme:
Activities are sorted within one topic/theme only (e.g. Prime
By General Sites:
that do not follow any specific arrangement.
I recommend the Topics
and Levels section first. These are comprehensive websites with
well-designed learning objects organised by content and grade. I particularly recommend the websites
created by Cambridge University (www.nrich.maths.org),
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (http://illuminations.nctm.org;
York University (www.counton.org),
the Shodor Foundation (www.shodor.org) and the Learning Federation (www.thelearningfederation.edu.au).
Their online resources are more pedagogically oriented, interactive, and
arranged by grade level and curriculum topics. Other examples in this
category include: the BBC Schools service (www.bbc.co.uk/schools)
and the Freudenthal Institute for Secondary Education (www.fi.uu.nl/wisweb/welcome_en.html),
Waldo’s Interactive Maths Pages (www.waldomaths.com)
Topics Only section should be your
next step. There you will find websites where activities are arranged by
curriculum topics. Some websites are designed in terms of broad strands such
as arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, or in more specific terms like linear
functions, patterns or symmetry. The next search strategy is
Use this strategy when you focus is on pre-school, primary maths, secondary
maths or even calculus resources. For some reason, the
Single Topic/Theme category is very
popular among teachers. Here you will find a broad range of very specific
curriculum topics ready to be explored by your fingertips. You may find, for
example, online resources linked to abacus, aeronautics, coin flipping,
Egyptian maths, financial calculators, maths dictionaries, maths songs and
arts, Origami, tessellations, Pythagoras’ puzzles, women mathematicians,
among many others. You will also find a Tsunami simulation.
General Sites is the fifth and last
search category which mostly includes interactive maths mazes, puzzles and
Note that that these five
search categories are mutually exclusive, that is, websites are not listed
twice across these categories. Sometimes the classification criteria across
search categories are a bit shadowy as some websites deserve to be in more
than one category. You’ll soon learn that the WWW is an unclassifiable
place, so be patient in your search and try more than one category.
The websites in the
MegaSites section are big
collections of activities which can be both interactive and non-interactive.
The section is useful to explore the wealth of online resources that do not
necessarily appear in an interactive format. They may include lesson plans,
ideas for investigations, graphical galleries, or new thoughts for teaching
a particular topic. A visit to this section is also worth it. The Maths
Internet Guide also hosts a collection of online
Maths Journals and Magazines and an
Maths Humour section.
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