Practicing and Learning

Practicing and Learning

The following are some general resources for teaching mathematics.

khan  Khan Academy. This resource contains a vast amount of educational videos, exercises, and lessons on a wide variety of topics (not just mathematics). It is a free resource that requires the use of an internet browser. There are also online applications available. Students may be expected to log and watch videos and practice what they learn as part of homework. If you are trying to do homework on here, please log in with Google so you get credit. Students can get points for watching videos and trying problems, while what a teacher can see is the points and the topics they have mastered. The difficulties my students have had is sometimes problems don’t load nicely and glitches happen, so they have to do the same problem over again. Another big problem is when students don’t log in and work on a bunch of topics that they then don’t get credit for.

aleks  Aleks Math. This is an online resource associated with student logins. It’s part of the materials that come with the Math 8 book. Through Aleks, students can practice the topics we cover in class and perhaps topics we haven’t covered yet. The biggest constraint with this program is you have to have a subscription with the book. In order to have students work on specific topics, assignments have to be made by the teacher.

learnzillion  Learnzillion is another website that has a vast amount of educational videos, very clear videos very much aligned with the core. There are some ways to practice topics as well, though that isn’t as easy to set up.

Mathwire is almost perfectly self explanatory on what it is: a site with a bunch of standards-based mathematics activities. Its organized by standard, alphabetically, or by topics. It has been around since 2009, so there are lots of activities. It also includes a blog with more activities and lesson plans. The cost depends on the activity, but site is free to use.

PurplePurple Math is a site that has a few free resources, but it also pushes a paid account. The paid account looks like it could provide a lot of great help or guidance from a teacher if needed. However, it’s about $50 a month or $200 for a year. More steep than I would like to pay, but the good news is there are some helps in there that you can tailor to you. For example, if you were preparing for a big test, you could pay the $50 and have someone tutor you and create a course to prepare for it. I’ve never used this but what I have used is when I search for help on a specific topic, there have been some times when Purple Math provides a great, simple answer.

Please see my Specific Math Tools & Resources page for more ideas specifically for teaching certain mathematical concepts.