Mathematics Education Web Sites

The home page of the NCTM is http://www.nctm.org/. At http://standards.nctm.org/, you can find the electronic version of the recently published Principles and Standards of School Mathematics. The Journal of Research in Mathematics Education (JRME) at http://www.nctm.org/jrme/info/math.ed.sites.html offers links to mathematics education websites, including those with curricular materials, databases, electronic communities, forums, mailing lists, electronic publications, and professional organizations. Also, Mathematics Education Dialogues at http://www.nctm.org/dialogues/ is the NCTM-sponsored "open forum for the exchange of points of view about issues in mathematics education."

The Math Forum, an online "Math Education Community Center" at http://forum.swarthmore.edu/, contains links to Web resources, teaching materials, online discussion groups with other teachers, problems of the week (for grades 3-12), Ask Dr. Math (for math questions), and Teacher2Teacher (for teaching questions). You can browse and/or search K-12 lesson plans at http://forum.swarthmore.edu/library/resource_types/lesson_plans/, according to topic or grade level.

Math Archives online teaching materials can be accessed at http://archives.math.utk.edu/teaching.html. This site links to such areas as Calculus Resources On-line, Graphing Calculators, JAVA and Other Interactive WWW Pages, Lessons, Tutorials, and Lecture Notes, Sites with K-12 Teaching Materials in Mathematics, and Visual Calculus. At the K-12 Teaching Material link of http://archives.math.utk.edu/k12.html, information can be obtained about Lesson Plans, Software, Topics in Mathematics, Contests and Competitions, and other topics of interest. With the Topics in Mathematics link of http://archives.math.utk.edu/k12.html#topics, many useful sites are accessible in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Statistics, and other areas.

Math Central, accessible at http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/index.html, is "a service for people involved in mathematics education from kindergarten to grade twelve". It is "a meeting place for teachers to share resources, a service to teachers, students and parents who may need an answer to a mathematical question and a facility to allow teachers to carry on a dialogue amongst themselves" (through Teacher Talk).

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse at http://www.enc.org/ was created to "identify effective curriculum resources, create high-quality professional development materials, and disseminate useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning." Lesson plans and activities in mathematics can be found at http://www.enc.org/weblinks/lessonplans/math/.

At http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/, the Teachers Helping Teachers home page is found. At http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/Math.html, lesson plans and activities for mathematics teachers are provided. The objective of Teachers Helping Teachers (directed by Scott Mandel) is to provide some basic mathematics teaching tips, new ideas in methodologies, and a forum for sharing expertise with colleagues.

The Geometry Center at the University of Minnesota, at http://www.geom.umn.edu/, offers a repository for materials and projects relationg to the computation and visualization of geometric structures. Links to educational materials can be found at http://www.geom.umn.edu/docs/education/.

At http://daniel.calpoly.edu/~dfrc/Robin/, math activities are provided for K-12 teachers based on NASA projects and aeronautical themes. These materials were created with funding through the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.

At http://www.nsa.gov/programs/mepp/lu.html, learning units are available that were created through NSA-sponsored teacher workshops (Summer Institutes for Mathematics and Elementary Teachers). These efforts are part of the NSA’s Mathematics Education Partnership Program (MEPP), an outreach program promoting mathematics and science education.

Launched in December of 1999, Figure This – Math Challenges for Families campaign is intended to involve parents in their children’s education and help parents encourage their 10 to 14-year old children to do math problems together after school. Sample challenges and an index of the mathematics covered in the challenges can be obtained at the site http://www.figurethis.org/index40.htm. The related Math is Power site is http://www.mathispower.com/Intro1.html.

Part of a research and development effort to deliver a full range of information resources to educators and students by the University of Kansas, the Explorer can be found at http://explorer.scrtec.org/explorer/. This site offers browsable and searchable curricular materials in mathematics.

At http://www.col-ed.org/cur/math.html, the Columbia Education Center provides lesson plans created by teachers for use in their own classrooms. Materials are offered for the elementary (K-5), intermediate (6-8), and high school (9-12) levels.

The home page for the University of British Columbia’s Electronic Games for Education in Math and Science (E-Gems) is http://taz.cs.ubc.ca/egems/home.html. This site contains links to several of their "current research projects", in which they "focus on the human-computer interaction issues associated with learning in an electronic game environment." One of their goals is to "engage learners (9-14) in conscious reflective exploration of math concepts" which can be integrated with other forms of education.

UVM’s MathMoments page at http://www.emba.uvm.edu/EM/Math/MathMoments/ is intended to develop connections between Vermont school children and the UVM mathematics department. It offers Elementary School, Middle School, and High School "Problems of the Moment". These are intended to encourage work on some fun math problems at various grade levels.

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                    There are many pages that offer interesting facts about mathematics and mathematicians. For example, the                       following sites may be of interest:

http://www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/

offers an archive of interesting mathematical facts (Harvey Mudd College)

http://www.mathsoft.com/asolve/constant/constant.html

offers information on various mathematical constants (MathSoft, Inc.)

http://member.aol.com/jeff570/mathsym.html

offers information on various mathematical symbols (Jeff Miller)

http://member.aol.com/jeff570/mathword.html

offers information on various mathematical words (Jeff Miller)

http://math.furman.edu/~mwoodard/mquot.html

offers examples of quotes of mathematicians (Mark Woodard)

http://www.mathstat.usouthal.edu/~lynn/mathematics/mathematicians.html

offers examples of pictures of mathematicians (Keith Lynn)

http://jeff560.tripod.com/

offers examples of pictures of mathematicians on stamps (Jeff Miller)

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There are a number of pages that provide useful information about the History of Mathematics. The following sites may be of interest:

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/

offers an excellent, exhaustive searchable archive in this area, including a biographies index, a history topics index, a famous curves index, and a mathematicians of the day link (MacTutor Archive, Univ. of St. Andrews)

http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/index/5/0,8377,118175,00.html

offers more information about history of mathematics (Encyclopedia Britannica)

http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/mathhist/mathhist.html

offers other useful information (David Joyce)

http://www.math.sfu.ca/histmath/

offers information about mathematics in Egypt, China, India, Europe, and other topics (Simon Fraser University)

http://www.utm.edu/research/primes/ or the Prime Pages –

offers prime number research, records, and resources (Chris Caldwell)

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