## Spotlight 2008

**November 2008 – Web 2.0 Resources**

The purpose of this section is to share web 2.0 tools and resources being used by middle school math teachers and coaches. The section will include such tools as wikis, podcasts, videos, blogs, Google tools, and other resources available on the read/write web.

A.** **Wikis** – **A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable any user to contribute or modify content

- 7th grade math wiki from Alabama – http://7math.wikispaces.com/
- Mathematical Association information on math club http://www.maa.org/students/middle_high/
- GeoGeBra Wiki – includes Algebra and geometry for middle school http://www.geogebra.org/en/wiki/index.php/English#Algebra
- Algebra 1 wiki page –http://robertfant.com/PMWiki/pmwiki.php/Algebra1/HomePage
- Question Point homework help – http://wiki.questionpoint.org/Homework+by+Subject
- Mathcasts and ExamView Wiki (Math247) – http://math247.pbwiki.com/

B. Blogs** – **A blog, ** **short for** **Web log, is a Web site with entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video in reverse order.

- Reflections of a techie – http://teachingtechie.typepad.com/learning/mathematics_for_my_students/
- Math video blog – http://www.math-videos-online.com/free-math-videos-online-blog.html
- Future of math blogs – http://futureofmath.misterteacher.com/blogs2.html
- A seventh grade math blog – http://verity7math.blogspot.com/
- Homeschool Blog – http://homeschoolmath.blogspot.com/
- Let’s play math –http://letsplaymath.wordpress.com/
- Math Goodies – http://mathgoodies.blogspot.com/
- National Science Digital Library – http://expertvoices.nsdl.org/middle-school-math-science/

C. Video

- Mathtrain.TV is a free educational “kids teaching kids” project from Mr. Marcos & his students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. – http://www.mathtrain.tv/
- Screencasts (screen movies of writing with voice) that focus on mathematics. There are a large selection of screencasts organized by topic, type and course. – http://www.mathcasts.org/

D. Social network groups

- Middle school math teacher community – http://www.classroom20.com/group/middleschoolmath

E. Diigo – Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff. Diigo is both a research and collaborative research tool and a knowledge-sharing community; search for math – http://www.diigo.com/

F. Podcasts** – **a series of audio or digital media files for which you can subscribe.

- You can go to the iTunes stores and do a search, under podcasts, for middle school math. The podcasts are free. There are many middle school math series.

- The Education Podcast Network is an effort to bring together into one place, the wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach with and about, and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st century – http://epnweb.org/

G. Other Web 2.0 resources

- Real World Math – This website is designed for educators who wish to extend the concepts of the math curriculum beyond the pages of the text. Google Earth is the dynamic tool that is used to accomplish this.

http://realworldmath.org/iWeb/Real%20World%20Math/About%20the%20site.html - TOOL: WordPress Math publisher – Allows a blogger to publish math equations.

http://mathforum.org/mathtools/tool/44421/ - Bilingual mathematics Dictionary – Diccionario Bilingüe de Mátematicas

This is an English-Spanish dictionary that lists English terms with their corresponding Spanish translations. http://nw.pima.edu/dmeeks/spandict/ - FREE MATH HOMEWORK HELP GRADES K – 12

Math teachers are waiting to help you! You have to do the work yourself, but you don’t have to do it alone. Math mentor is a television program produced by the Santa Clara County Office of Education that assists students with their math homework. Students receive assistance from credentialed math teachers either live during the broadcast or off air.

Visit on-line at http://www.mathmentor.tv

Watch the show on KMTP Ch 32. ITFS SCCOE Ch. 3.

Streaming live at http://www.mathmentor.tv Monday-Friday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Call Homework Hotline: 866 511-6284 toll free; Monday – Friday 3:30 – 5:00 pm

E-mail http://www.mathmentor.tv

**October 2008 – CLRN**

If you are looking for software to enhance your math program, visit the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN), one of the four California Statewide Educational Technology Services (SETS) projects. CLRN makes it easy for you to find the standards-aligned software, video and Internet learning resources you need. CLRN experts have identified, reviewed and organized hundreds of Electronic Learning Resources (ELRs) in a searchable database that allows you to compare key features of selected resources. The Web Information Links (WILs) let you search or browse hundreds of free primary, secondary and reference resources.

**April 2008 – Test Prep**

- Visit the test resources page – with blueprints and released questions for grades 6, 7 , Algebra .

- CST review suggested sites from the MSM matrices: Grade 6 (.doc), Grade 7 (.doc) , Algebra (.doc) , including videos, games, puzzles, and other engaging activities.

- CST PowerPoint games, created by Micheline LeBlanc from the CST released questions:

- Oswego NY test prep questions – Each subtopic contains a lesson page, an interactive student practice page, and a

teacher resource page. - From Math teacher, Angie Gallacher in Palm Springs USD, a CST
*Who Wants to be a Millionaire*game.

**March 2008 – Pi Day**

** Pi Day Resources –** in celebration of March 14th, Pi Day. Links to various resources about Pi and fun activities for students.

**February 2008 – Differentiation of Instruction Resources**

Differentiation of Instruction (DI) – If you are looking for articles and books that address this topic, this site has links to relevant and current information on the DI topic. It also includes resources for DI with English Language Learners.

**January 2008 – Assessment Resources**

Among the many web pages that comprise the Middle School Math are those that focus on differentiation of Instruction. The assessment section contains articles about classroom data collection and methodology. It also houses links to pre-assessment tools, quiz sites, rubrics, math journals, identifying learning styles and much more.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 March 2010 11:09)