This coming week, commencing 18th January features Mathematics strongly, with three of the 13:00 slots including Maths and every afternoon at 14:00 we have Dr Hannah Fry.
This article including the schedule links has been added to this Maths at Home post.
This post can also be found on the Featured Posts Menu on the right hand side of this blog.
Chris McGrane’s Starting Points Maths is highly recommended, note this announcement regarding these wonderful curriculum booklets. Several are already available, including the first Algebra booklet which looks excellent.
Looking at the Algebra booklet Order of Operations exercises it struck me that Graspable Math would work well for checking such exercises.
There is much to think about here, to investigate this what should we keep the same, what should we vary? I started playing around with Desmos to investigate further.
A recent happy discovery, thanks to Jane Hart’s Top Tools for Learning 2020 is featured on the Ed100 list, the digital tools voted for by educators and students in colleges and universities, ilovepdf. ilovepdf is a free PDF convertor and editor, many tools are all in one place. I have not tried many of the tools yet but certainly have successfully and easily used the Merge and Compress functions several times and have been very impressed.
I note from the analysis that the tools predominately reflect the situation in higher and adult education, only a small proportion of votes came from schools. The lists certainly seem to reflect the unprecedented times we are currently living in.
Seeing PowerPoint right up there on the list, I have noted from my blog statistics that still popular downloads, years after I uploaded them are David Millward’s PowerPoint collection. In fact I can see from the comments that it was 2012 when I uploaded these!
On the new Updates page, you will find featured posts as well as any which have been updated. A featured post currently is Excel Resources – Mike Hadden. There are some excellent demonstrations here for GCSE and A Level Maths and Further Maths.
If we look at the A/AS Statistics files we see BinHyp.xls, the notes clearly describe this resource.
Having written several Maths At Home posts since the first school closures, I thought it would be useful to provide a compilation post for these resources. All resource links have been checked and new resources added.
Free lessons from Colin Hegarty recorded on YouTube are available to help GCSE students prepare for A Level Maths.
An extensive library of videos from Jack Brown is available on his website, TLMaths.com. Jack has created thousands of videos covering the complete A Level specification; note also the impressive Further Maths teaching videos and exam paper walkthroughs and a collection on bridging the gap between GCSE and A Level.
From Pearson Edexcel comes a video collection of free GCSE Maths lessons. All around 50 minutes in length, there are 24 videos available.
From NCETM, we have lesson-planning and professional development resources for primary and secondary teachers. The resources include a set of Primary Video Lessons.
This post also includes a reminder of Transum’s high quality, attractive resources. Given that there are an extensive number of self-marking exercises available, this can be a great source of activities for students to work on at home.
Maths At Home – Nrich details some wonderful resources from Nrich who have published features for Primaryand Secondary. Both have numerous activities students can work on at home. The activities are categorised by age and within each collection you will find activities in various categories which are fully explained in the article for teachers.
Mathematical Miscellany #38 included a reminder of all the great resources on Jonathan Hall’s Mathsbot – there are so many activities which students can use whilst working at home; with answers provided for students to check, they are getting feedback as they work. Students could try for example Differentiated Questions or a topic ladder of their choice. A recent edition is the student version of Do Now.
Mathematical Miscellany #39 includes from STEM Learning, Home learning activities for families with resources to support primary students and for Secondary students, Maths, Science, Computing, DT and Post 16 resources are available.
Looking at Secondary Maths, we see a collection of games, activities and puzzles that can be used to support children’s mathematical education from home. This attractive calendar links to resources for each day of the term; follow the guide, or choose appropriate activities. No account is required for the home learning resources linked to on the Maths Calendar.
The Mathematics Department have written chapter booklets to accompany Dr Jamie Frost’s presentations. The booklets have been designed to be used by students to fill in whilst studying from the accompanying Dr Frost presentation. The resources have uploaded to TES, see this TES search; alternatively this Twitter thread has a link to each set of resources on TES (you don’t have to be a Twitter user to access the link).
Bring on the Maths was the first post written in the Maths At Home series and includes several resources for students working at home including Bring on the Maths,
On CIMTthere are interactive tutorials for Years 7, 8 and 9.
Mathsbox is a subscription (excellent value) site but
CK-12 Foundation has created a resource page with hand-picked lessons in math and science popular during the month of March.
ATM are providing some free resources at this time; note too ATM’s list of Activities for Home or School – suitable for Key Stages 2 to 5 – these have been suggested by ATM member and education consultant Mike Ollerton.
The resources for Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 include an extract with several problems with hints and suggestions from Forty Problems for the classroom.
A free resource for KS5 is a complete publication, The Proving Ground – an introduction to mathematical proof. This e-book offers forty easy to understand problems classified by one of three levels, level 3 has problems which have not been resolved. The book is very clearly structured, a notes page is provided for each problem, best accessed after trying the problem first. There are also Learning Pages which introduce different proof techniques. The home page is the contents page with links to all parts of the book.
From the introduction…
Hello, and welcome to this book, which offers you forty tricky, sometimes extremely tricky, mathematical problems to think about. Twenty of these have been resolved by mathematicians, sometimes after many years of work, but the other twenty at the moment remain unsolved, despite the attention of some seriously clever people down the years. Will you be able to spot the difference?
For any students going onto an Undergraduate degree in Mathematics or are thinking about doing so then Oxford University’s Oxford Online Maths Club (free) will be of interest. This is a new weekly maths livestream from the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University providing free super-curricular maths for ages 16-18.
The sessions start on 7th January at 16:30 UK time.
The content will include maths problems, puzzles, mini-lectures, and Q&A. The sessions are all free and require no sign-up. The livestreams will be available on YouTube indefinitely.
Full details are available here, and you can see what the session on 7th January will include on the YouTube channel.
As I write there are still references to 2020, however note this statement “Student solutions may be submitted starting January 1, 2021, using the Web form linked on the side menu. We will begin to post student solutions after February 1, 2021.”
Can your students use the digits in the year 2021 and the operations +, -, x, ÷, ^ (raised to a power), sqrt (square root), and ! (factorial), along with grouping symbols, to write expressions for the counting numbers 1 through 100? This year, in a change to the rules, decimal points and double-digit numbers are allowed. The rules for 2021 in detail are here.
And so to number properties of 2021, 2021 is an unusual year in that it is the concatenation of two consecutive integers (20 and 21) and also the product of two consecutive primes (43 and 47). This won’t happen again for a while! Have a look at Numbers Aplenty for more on this and also many other number properties. Did you know that 2021 is a Duffinian number?
Alex Bellos also included this in his Monday Puzzles, you will find other puzzles there to keep you busy!
2021 is also an iban number – this has amused me for a long time (along with the eban numbers) – get your students thinking outside the box with the iban sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 77, 100, 101…
How many ways can you write 2021 as a sum of squares? We can also look at WolframAlphafor further information on the number properties of 2021 including what 2021 looks like in historical numeral forms. We could use the various WolframAlpha queries to learn how Babylonian, for example, numerals work. I have successfully used this as an interesting starter for January lessons.
The Babylonian system was a positional base 60 system, though interestingly uses ‘units’ and ‘tens’ symbols to create the 59 symbols needed.
For more on the Babylonian system including how fractions were represented see History of Fractions from Nrich.
Added to the GeoGebra series is a new page, GeoGebra Resources-Edexcelso all the resources for GCSE and A level Maths and Further Maths are available in one place.
A recent addition to the top menu includes Updates where updates to popular posts are noted. A further new page added today is Popular Posts and Links, just a small number of currently popular posts and/or files. I see that the file of legacy coursework tasks from Edexcel has proved very popular this year as has The Workers of Zen.