Explore Straight Lines You could use the Desmos Graphing Calculator to explore straight lines. Suppose you want to have a look at the graph of y = 2x+1. All you need do is click and type your function. Note that you can easily change the colour of the graph (particularly useful if you have more than one graph on the screen). Simply click edit then choose your colour. If you select Options you can easily change the axes. It is possible to print a graph if you are signed in to Desmos (creating an account is free or you can sign in with Google, Facebook or Twitter) – just select the print icon You can use sliders in the Desmos calculator to explore families of graphs. Now click on the image below and try changing the values of m and c and see the changes to the graph. With m=2 and c=1 we can see the graph of y = 2x+1 which has a gradient of 2 (note that for every one unit across you go two units up) and an intercept (where the line crosses the y axis) of 1. See also Explore Graphs and Inequalities. Like this: Related

Web 2.0 Math Tools Home - Web 2.0 Math Tools reflectivemaths's Blog | A place to share teaching and learning ideas. Sometimes with a Maths theme. The Math Forum @ Drexel University The Math Forum has a rich history as an online hub for the mathematics education community. A debt of gratitude is owed to the dedicated staff who created and maintained the top math education content and community forums that made up the Math Forum since its inception. NCTM will continue to make many of the most popular parts of the Math Forum content accessible to the mathematics education community. Problems of the Week The Math Forum created Problems of the Week as an integrated program that features problems by standard and additional teacher support materials. Continue Your Math Education Conversations in MyNCTM! MyNCTM is an online community where NCTM members can ask questions, network and connect with each other, start and join discussions, find and upload resources, and interact with education experts. For many years mathematicians, scientists, engineers and others interested in mathematics have played "year games" via email and in newsgroups. Year Game for 2018 Browse the Archives

Brilliant Questions Freerice is owned by and supports the World Food Programme. For every correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme. Users can answer questions in several categories including two on Maths, one on multiplication and one on basic Maths. Sporkle Sporkle – you have 2 minutes to fill in the missing prime numbers! Another site which includes a social aspect is Sporkle which has an extensive collection of timed quizzes in many subjects, many mathematics quizzes are available; I have linked to some here on Mathematics for Students. Brilliant And last but certainly not least is a site which I came across recently which I think lives up to its name, Brilliant! Click the image to see this problem This would be an excellent site for any students preparing for participation in Maths challenges, particularly by using Brilliant’s Techniques Trainer. Like this: Like Loading... Related Recently I have used... In "Mathematics" World Maths Day 2014 Revision Time Again

Web 2.0 Tools for Math Educators By Laura Turner This is a continuing series on Web2.0 and other web-based tools for educators. This information is specific to math educators, but there is some crossover into science. Math educators will find a large number of useable interactive companion web sites for the teaching of math concepts and skills. 3Dvinci 3D design is a great motivational and instructional tool. It exercises both left-brain and right-brain skills, and appeals to students of all abilities. Algebasics This site contains a variety of interactive Algebra help/ problems/activities Archimy This site has a service for drawing the graphs of all kinds of functions . Arcademic Skill Builder Our research-based and standards-aligned free educational math games and language arts games will engage, motivate, and help teach students. Teaching Time

cavmaths After World Maths Day…. UpdateOn the World Education Games Website we can see the following message: The World Education Games will be taking a break in 2014 from official competition and will return in 2015. From an announcement in December 2013 we learn that the World Education Games will be a biannual event, taking place in March 2015, 2017 and 2019. The Exact dates for 2015 will be announced in March 2014. You can read the announcement on the World Education Games blog. So the event is over for 2013, so many questions answered by so many students and lots of fun, the numbers have been crunched here. Perhaps time to remind everyone who enjoys these mental arithmetic games that there are plenty available they can still enjoy all year round. Sum Sense from Oswego City School District Sum Sense from Oswego City School District. for example is a little different – arrange the given numbers to give a correct statement. Like this: Like Loading... Related World Maths Day See After World Maths Day. In "Mathematics"

Conceptua™ Math - Free Fractions Tools Conceptua Math includes interactive, visual tools that are ideal for teacher-facilitated, whole-class instruction, "Number Talks" and for parents supporting their students at home. These tools, available free of charge, are located under the Tool Library tab in our full curriculum. The full Conceptua Math curriculum includes integrated teacher supports, adaptive teaching, student investigations, and much more. Teachers Build Instructional Expertise with Supports Teachers start with scripted Lesson Openers to introduce concepts and generate fraction Number Talks with the whole class. Lesson Closers help students to summarize their learning. Sample Opener > Students Learn through Guided Lessons The Guided Lessons form the foundation of the program. Sample Guided Lesson > Students Apply Knowledge through Investigations Real World Investigations provide opportunities for students to use authentic data and apply their mathematical knowledge. Sample Investigation >

Musings of a mathematical magpie If you’ve had a look through this blog before, you might have read the “about me” section at the side where I explain that I did a history degree before going on to become a maths teacher. This information mildly interests some people, worries others, and sends a select bunch into a heightened state of moral outrage. This last group – the righteously indignant - are of course the most entertaining, and I’ve learned to develop a thick skin when they air their short-sighted opinions. Upon hearing the news that I had a history degree, one man abruptly stopped the perfectly pleasant conversation we were having and started spluttering “I wouldn’t let you anywhere near children” before walking off. Another person reacted by saying that I could never be taken seriously as a professional and surely I should be teaching primary school children. So I’m taking the opportunity to answer these two questions about myself. For me, there have certainly been benefits to this approach.

Mathematics Posters 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. To highlight a small number of the sites on the list: Nrich have turned many of their excellent problems into attractive posters. The Classic Mistake site has a wonderful collection of those classic mistakes that teachers regularly see. The Mathematical Moments site features many downloadable pdfs, posters which show the role that Mathematics plays in Science, Technology and Human Culture. On TES Resources Owen has created an excellent set of A4 posters inspired by Ian Stewart’s ‘17 Equations that Changed the World‘. The excellent Maths Careers site includes many posters to download, ‘When Will I Ever Need Maths? Like this:

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