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 DepartmentA Guide to Statistical SoftwareFree Statistical SoftwareThe R Project for Statistical ComputingResources for Graduate Students Mathematics LinksFigure This! Math Challenges for FamiliesNational Council of Teachers of MathematicsBirthdays of Famous MathematiciansMath DictionaryDERIVEHot Math Homework HelpQuick MathMathematics Help CentralS.O.S. – CalculusThe Math Forum Education LinksTeacher Files – Clip ArtInformation on Block SchedulingMeasurement ConverterMetric Conversion TableRubriStarDiscovery SchoolBreakthrough CollaborativeTeach with MoviesTop 10 Inspirational Movies for TeachersUnited Teachers of Flint Other Cool Math Related LinksMath2.orgMath.comAplusmath.comGomath.comGPA CalculatorOperations Research Excel Add-Ins Julia Set GeneratorMandelbrot Movie Maker ...
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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,...
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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...
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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!...
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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...
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Personalized Learning Environment

I always get frustrated when I see articles like the Top 25 Web 2.0 Sites for Education becauseI don't have to look at them all.I'm probably already using most of them already. Some of them actually stink really bad.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....
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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: ...
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