The Maths Internet Guide
The Maths Internet Guide aims to make learning Math fun. It accomplishes this by featuring an exhaustive list of quizzes, problem-solving, communication, investigations, games, puzzles, mazes, brain benders and mind manglers designed to engage and motivate students. It also features a collection of 180 online Maths education journals and magazines and 65 Maths humour websites. The websites are ideal for homework, independent study, research projects, or demonstrations.
The Maths Internet Guide showcases over 400 Mathematics websites carefully chosen for their interactivity and grouped into five broad search categories: Websites are sorted by curriculum topics and by grade levels; websites are sorted by several curriculum topics e.g., algebra, arithmetic, geometry; websites are sorted by several grade levels e.g., Grade 5-6, Year 8-9; activities are sorted within one topic/them only e.g., Probability, Ambigrams; interesting activities that do not follow any specific arrangement, mostly Math games. Separate links are also included for Maths Humour, Mega Sites, Magazines and Journals, and Workshops.
Webmaster Boris Handal recommends going into the Topics and Levels section first. These are comprehensive websites with well-designed learning objects organized by content and grade. Check out the following websites: 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). 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) and MathCats (www.mathcats.com).
The next section he recommends going to is the Topics Only section. Websites here are arranged by curriculum topics. Some have broad strands such as arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, or more specific terms such as linear functions, patterns or symmetry.
A very popular category with teachers is the Single Topic/Theme category. There are 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. There’s also a Tsunami simulation.
With all these resources, it’s easy to make Math fun.