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Helpful Links (circa 2005)

This list of links was complied somewhere around 2005.  Ugh.  That seems like a long time ago.  I’m a lot better than this now.


Statistics Links

Oakland University Mathematics Department
A Guide to Statistical Software
Free Statistical Software
The R Project for Statistical Computing
Resources for Graduate Students
Mathematics Links
Figure This! Math Challenges for Families
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Birthdays of Famous Mathematicians
Math Dictionary
Hot Math Homework Help
Quick Math
Mathematics Help Central
S.O.S. – Calculus
The Math Forum
Education Links
Teacher Files – Clip Art
Information on Block Scheduling
Measurement Converter
Metric Conversion Table
Teacher Resources
Discovery School
Breakthrough Collaborative
Teach with Movies
Top 10 Inspirational Movies for Teachers
United Teachers of Flint
Other Cool Math Related Links
GPA Calculator
Operations Research Excel Add-Ins
Julia Set Generator
Mandelbrot Movie Maker

Thousands of FREE Learning Resources

I have heard about these websites from various places throughout the past week.  I hijacked a few of the descriptions, but I would rather give a hijacked description rather than an inaccurate description.

1.  CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images. No registration or plugins required.  However, I can see this being a big problem for students with a low-maturity level who would love to draw right over what the instructor is drawing.  So, be careful!
2.  Thinkfinity is a free digital learning platform from the Verizon Foundation that offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by content partners such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the International Reading Association, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the National Geographic Society, and more. Its content includes interactive student games, lesson plans focused on various themes, education blogs and online discussions, and much more.

3.  FREE – or Federal Resources for Educational Excellence, is a U.S. Department of Education website that compiles free teacher resources available from dozens of federal agencies. Educators can sign up for the FREE RSS feed, which notifies users when new resources are added. Otherwise, they can browse by topic, from music history to life sciences.

4.  Websites for Educations from Harvard School of Education50 Ways to Integrate Technology Into Your Classroom Tomorrow157 of the Most Useful Websites on the Internet, and 100+ Free Resources for Real Teachers in Real Classrooms are all 4 more places that have hundreds of more free learning resources for you to use in your classroom.  Personally, I don't have time to even look at all of them today.  But here's the upside:  If one of our current resources goes down (which is likely to happen since technology is always changing), compilation websites such as these give us hope that there is something out there that will replace the void that needs to be filled.

Tech Resources for Teachers: Backchanneling and more!

Over the past few months I have been trying to totally emerge myself into the world of Instructional Technology.  I have seen so many resources and as we all know, they eventually become repetitive.  I hate reading a list of "The Top Best New 100 Resources for Teachers" and half of them I already know about, and the other half end up being useless because they are either ill-designed or expensive.

Well, with Richard Byrne's Favorite Tech Resources for Teachers comes a breath of fresh air.  There were so many new resources on this website that I hadn't heard of before, and they were in areas that I either really needed or wanted additional resources in.  These areas include Backchanneling and websites to create your own games!  I was really impressed with the unique categories on this list of resources, and I really think that it is really worth a moment of your time to check out.
However, if you want to stay stale and in the past, feel free to do so.

Twitter Link Round-Up

Here’s a recap of the links that I’ve posted on Twitter over the past week or so:

1.  A friend told me that she used this Divisibility Rocks game from over at The Utah Education Network with her Developmental Math students and that it worked really well.  It turns out that they have plenty of other great lesson plans as well.

2.  Z-Type is a very intense typing game.  It turns out that as a Math Instructor, I do have to teach typing, computer, and writing skills as well.  For example:  One student told me just today that he couldn’t write a paper for my class about an African American Mathematician because he hadn’t had an English class yet.

3.  NightMare is an example of a 25-word story.  I’m considering having my students write their own 25 word stories about a concept in mathematics.  This would be good introductory video to show to students, though, because it is absolutely hilarious!  It’s one of the best laughs that I have had in a really, really long time.

4.  100 Ideas for Data Projector and Document Camera – Well, yeah, these ideas really are for my friends who still want to teach like they’re still in the 19th century.  And even if you’re already using the document camera, I’m sure that you can’t think of 100 ideas.  Well, maybe you can.

5.  Times Attack is an awesome multiplication game that takes over the top spot for me as my favorite multiplication game ever!  And let me tell you, I learned so much from the hour I played this game just about the world of video games.  I was just as frustrated with figuring out how to navigate as I am sure a student would be with doing the multiplication.

6.  Math Illustrations is a new program that I just found out about for drawing mathematical figures that I really think that you will like once you watch the tutorial video on this page.  It is so great that I am really considering the $59 fee to buy this program because I think it would make my life a lot easier in the long run.  And the Word Drawing tools suck, especially for number lines.

7.  NCTM Black History Month Resources – It’s Black History Month and I am trying to incorporate some lessons into my curriculum.  I found these resources to be extremely helpful.  I am even going to check the recommended book out from my library to read over the next month or so.  I checked already and it is indeed one of the books that they have!

8.  E-Learning Tools for Schools and Education is a Mindomo Mind Map with hundreds of wonderful resources for E-learning.  There are a lot of tools that I thought were regrettably left off the list as well.  However, I know that there are plenty of resources on the list that I have yet to explore.  I hope that you have time to explore some of them as well and to find what will work best for you.

9.  Math Wordles – I have talked about Wordles on this site plenty of times in the past and this activity just reminded me of the fact that there are so many things that can be done with a Wordle.  My plan is to develop a modified version of this activity in the near future to use with one of my classes.  As described, I think this could be a great activity for Math Anxiety toward the beginning of a semester.

10.  On-line LaTeX Equation Editor – I think LaTeX is so easy for entering equations, and I especially love how in the newer versions of Word I can type LaTeX code directly into Equation Editor.  However, even that bridge until the next time I can use LaTeX is not enough.  I can see this on-line tool being a great use to some people.

11.  TED Talks I’ve ‘liked’ over the past week:

10 Potentially Helpful Resources

Here is the most recent set of helpful resources that I have sort of stumbled upon out of well over 200 hundred that I’ve looked at today:

1.  Broad Texter – This is a service that allows you to create a group so that your students can join so that they can receive text messages from you.  In fact, I’ve set up one for my students that I hope to use in the near future.  Feel free to sign up at the top of the page if you’re so inclined.

2.  Smart Teaching Blog – My biggest advice when looking at this blog is to start scrolling down and to not get overwhelmed, as there are probably 1000s of resources listed, including this list of the 100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers.

3.  Get the Math – This the link to ‘Get the Math, an initiative out of the PBS Station in NYC, which has challenges related to fields such as Fashion and Video Games.  I know I posted this on twitter earlier, but that’s why you need to follow along (if you’re not already).


4.  Bubbl.us – This is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online (essentially a stripped down version of Mindomo), so it would be ideal for those who are beginning into the world of Mind-Mapping.

5.  CamStudio – Free streaming video software.  I mean, does the name remind you of something?  Personally, I’m doing just fine with Jing! for now, but some people may want to check into this.

6.  Poll Everywhere – Allows you to create a poll that your audience can participate in using their cell phones, twitter, or the web.  I’ve personally used this in a classroom before as a quick and simple alternative to using clickers.  It doesn’t give you a person-by-person tally, but you can get an overall idea of if your students understand a concept.

7.  Super Saas – An online scheduler, which I want to try out for future semesters to have students self-schedule for my office hours.  I think that they may be more likely to come if they can schedule themselves.  Has anyone tried this successfully?  I would love to hear!

8.  ToonDoo – The online cartoon, comic strip creator.  Create your own cartoons, comic strips, publish, share, and discuss!  In fact, I’ve mentioned something similar, called ‘Make Belief Comix’ in the past.  The major difference upfront is that ToonDoo is in color.

9.  Transfer Big Files – Transfer files up to 1 GB.  This would have been especially helpful when I was having trouble with students sending me their homework assignments last semester.  Another similar website is You Send It.  

10.  Motivational Posters – This actually could be turned into a great class project if the students created a mathematics-related image themselves, along with a descriptor to put along the bottom.  Another similar website is The Parody Motivational Generator.

Personalized Learning Environment

I always get frustrated when I see articles like the Top 25 Web 2.0 Sites for Education because

  1. I don't have to look at them all.
  2. I'm probably already using most of them already.
  3. Some of them actually stink really bad.
  4. Some of them require a fee.
Well, you're in luck!  Since I'm taking a class in Designing an On-line class this semester, I'm supposed to be spending time seeking out websites for my project, so I painstakingly spent a little while skimming over all of them and seeing what they are all about.  I was getting bored, angry, and frustrated, until #18.

The article describes SymbalooEdu as "a great way for teachers to share sites and resources with students".  But it's actually more than that.  It's a actually a Personal Learning Environment Tool.  What's a Personal Learning Environment?  Well, if you don't know, it's making a comeback.  And I highly recommend that you read about SOCRAIT over at Teaching College Math.

For a short introduction to SymbalooEdu, either watch the video below, or head right on over there and get started like I did:  bit.ly/jonsdash (A place in which I am going to start organizing the growing list of links for the tasks that I must complete daily)!

Get Creative!

Sometimes a search for the weirdest things will bring you some of the the most useful things, like this, a link from Panola College of dozens of Free Web-based tools that can be used to spice up an on-line class.  So, do you really want to know what I was searching for?  It was a Google Image search of "Online Learning and Teaching in Comic," where the following, quite interesting image popped up: