See After World Maths Day.
The World Education Games 2013 was held on 5th to 7th March 2013 with World Maths Day on 6th March 2013.
The World Maths Day blog has the latest news you can also follow @WorldEduGames on Twitter or The World Education Games on Facebook.
During the World Maths Day event students of all ages play other students in their age category from around the world in live games of mental arithmetic. I have seen many students of all ages thoroughly enjoying this event.
During the event itself students can earn points for up to 50 games, 10 at each level, each game lasting one minute. Over 50 games can be played but the points will not be added to their personal score for the event. Teachers can play too! Note that the event lasts as long as it is the event date somewhere in the world; check the site for start times at various cities round the world; in London for example the event lasts from 10am on 5th March to 10am on 7th March. There are also clear guides for students and teachers available under Resources.
For those interested in practising their spelling in preparation for World Literacy Day there are numerous resources online including games.
Current high score on level 2 (19+ age category)!
….and other arithmetic skills.
Sumdog provides free numeracy games at 10 different levels. For a great way to practice adding and subtracting with negative numbers, play these games at level 10. There is a complete list of topics at each level here. Students can choose from several games.
I like the way that the various skill levels can be restricted; the site is aimed at students aged 6 to 14 (having said that some of my Year 11 (age 15-16) students looked like they were rather enjoying themselves recently) so I want my secondary age students to practise the skills at the upper end of the age range and have currently restricted them all to levels 8, 9 and 10. It is possible to set up competitions which I have done very successfully with Year 10 as one of our many Enrichment Week activities. See the Teachers’ page, also the help section for teachers.
Sumdog are creating a library of videos to help teachers get the most out of Sumdog.
I have written some Instructions for students on the companion Mathematics blog for students.
You can choose to play as a guest or sign up (free) so you can save your scores and see how you improve over time. The games are all completely free to use as are several other features for teachers.
You can follow the Sumdog blog for all the latest features.
Why would a teacher want to use Twitter?
Because just a few minutes spent on Twitter can be very productive. Take this tweet from Craig Barton on an excellent resource – perfect for my Year 11 students revising for their GCSE module in the summer.
Being very selective in who you follow allows you to connect with teachers and other educators beyond your own institution.
Look at the resources I discovered through my early investigations of Twitter – a couple of great links from Maryna Badenhorst:
Maths posters to download and Brainbusters.
I was also interested to see from Teaching News that teachers on Twitter have shared teaching tips and ideas; see the #movemenon book, from Doug Belshaw (the pdf is free to download).
Some further examples: Mathscareers Website, Wolfram Fun Facts and Mathslinks.
For a quick way to find Mathematics related tweets do a search on any of these hashtags: #math #maths #mathchat.
You could even join a planned discussion – see the Mathchat wiki for details.
For learning to use Twitter see Russell Stannard’s training videos and some Twitter bookmarks.
So why do I use Twitter (and Diigo and belong to various teaching communities and..)?
For the reasons so well explained by Sacha Chua in her ‘Teacher’s Guide to Web 2.0 at School’.
A consistently popular post on this blog is the one on Mathematics posters. An excellent new addition to the list of sources of free posters is Jenny Eather’s Maths Charts which includes over 200 posters on a wide variety of topics. (Jenny Eather’s dictionary is also excellent).
For a list of sites including free posters use this Diigo list or Evernote shared notebook.
(You do not need to be an Evernote or Diigo user to use these lists though I recommend both highly).
To highlight a small number of the sites on the list:
Nrich have turned many of their excellent problems into attractive posters. Note the link to a PowerPoint presentation showing all the posters.
The Classic Mistake site has a wonderful collection of those classic mistakes that teachers regularly see. These posters can be downloaded in colour or black and white, a podcast explaining the mistake is also available for each poster.
Note all the other downloads available from the same site.
The Mathematical Moments site features many downloadable pdfs, posters which show the role that Mathematics plays in Science, Technology and Human Culture. A short or more detailed version of each poster is available and a search is provided.
On TES Resources Owen has created an excellent set of A4 posters inspired by Ian Stewart’s ‘17 Equations that Changed the World‘.
(You will need to register with TES (free) to download any resources).
The excellent Maths Careers site includes many posters to download, ‘When Will I Ever Need Maths?‘ for example.
Using a word cloud generator such as Wordle it is very easy to make attractive vocabulary posters.
(See this post for other word cloud tools and ideas for use in the classroom).
Image from http://www.wordle.net/
….and on a lighter note, my son sent me this recently! From GraphJam.com.
see more Funny Graphs
Happy 2012! The above image is from Jesse Vig’s geoGreeting site where you can enter a message and obtain a link which you could send in an email. It is also possible to send as an E-card. Jesse Vig noticed whilst working on a Google Maps project that a number of buildings looked like letters of the alphabet when viewed from above. and his website was born!
A rather novel way to obtain images of numbers!
So to complete the new year greeting we need of course some number properties of 2012.
We can turn to the Mathematical Association’s number a day blog. (Click on the image for the full post).
Or we could use Tanya Khovanova’s site: Number Gossip where we learn that 2012 is evil!
WolframAlpha can of course supply some number properties of 2012 or provide a calendar for the year …or even send us best wishes for the new year! Wishing everyone a great 2012!
It’s that time of the year again – review time.
Which posts have attracted the most readers?
Using Scoop.it! I present the 20 most popular posts of 2011.
An infographic is a graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge designed to present complex information clearly.
There are many excellent examples available on the web such as the one below on just how hard Santa has to work, which not only convey information clearly but also in a very attractive manner. Something our students would perhaps enjoy creating.
For further resources see this collection which includes a series from the New York Times on teaching using infographics and resources on their creation (and note Scoop.it! an excellent and easy way to share information.
Click on the graphic below to see just how hard Santa works! (Published: December 2010 by Advertising Agency: Benedict & Helfer, Hungary.)
These three interactives from Shodor are a good introduction to Venn diagrams:
Venn Diagrams, Shape Sorter and Triple Venn Diagram Shape Sorter
With the Triple Venn Diagram Shape Sorter you can either set the rules or guess the rules by selecting the appropriate botton:
For a collection of resources describing progression in Mathematics with exemplification in the form of examples and questions, see the revised Progression page (all links have been very recently checked.)
Some resources here are very good to direct students to – for example to help them understand the requirements of each level these posters are clear; the Convinced package from Kangaroo Maths provides questions on a range of topics and includes a self assessment for each set of questions.
With older students in mind including those about to enter higher education, there are many free resources available to support students in their study of Mathematics.
Note that a new blog aimed at students is now available.
There are many sources of excellent notes online. See this Evernote shared notebook: Mathematics notes for useful links. (You do not need an Evernote account to view the notebook). Some of these sites include videos, for an extensive collection of videos try Khan Academy.
Alternatively, use the Livebinders version of Mathematics Notes.
On the subject of Evernote - it is a valuable tool for any student or teacher.
Other tools which may be of interest are on Digital Tools for Students.
Students going on to study Mathematics degrees have a look at Kevin Houston’s ‘How not to get a good mathematics degree‘ and ‘How to get a good mathematics degree‘. He also has provided a pdf file you can download: 10 Ways to Think Like a Mathematician. Kevin Houston works at the University of Leeds.
I would advise students of any subject to learn to use WolframAlpha. Suppose you wish to do some revision on techniques for differentiation for example – ask WolframAlpha to differentiate x2sinx, and the derivative will be returned with possible working available if ’Show steps’ is selected. (Further Calculus examples). WolframAlpha provides an excellent way to check your work.
WolframAlpha will plot graphs, there are many other free and excellent online graphing tools, see the Desmos Graphing Calculator for example and many other online graphing tools. (See this page for polar curve plotters).
Thinking longer term – have a look at the excellent Maths Careers site.