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Spice Up Your Math Class Maria H. Andersen @busynessgirl

Data, Charts, and Graphs

Wolfram Alpha

Federal Statistics

Measure of America

Many Eyes

Statistics Human Development UN

Collection of Sites for Data, Charts, and Maps

TinyMCE Graph Plugin for Wikis

Articles and Blog Posts about Wolfram Alpha

Don't get Wolfram Alpha? Try these examples.

Wolfram Alpha for Inquiry-based Learning in Calculus (2010)

What we're doing with Wolfram Alpha (2009)

Interview at Wolfram Alpha Homework Day (2009)

Recalculating Teaching and Learning

Impact of Wolfram Alpha on Math Ed

Wolfram Alpha Loci Article

Wolfram Alpha Blog

Singularity Summit: Supreme Mathematics of Gods and Earth

Sum Help: New search engine for Mathletes (WSJ)

A new computation engine shakes up math

A Calculating Website could ignite a new campus Math War

Technology Tools and Tutorials for Math

Teching Up: Mapping out Math

Math DAISY Demo

Jarnal Tutorials

Students focus on Software, not mathematical errors


Encylcopedia of Educational Technology

Wolfram Alpha

eLearning Tools for STEM

Notes / Online Texts

Paul's Online Math Notes

Purple Math


MathPage: Trigonometry

College Algebra Tutorials at Texas A & M

NY Regents Prep for Algebra

S.O.S. Math


Free Math Books

Connected Curriculum Project

Open Courseware

Academic Earth

MIT Open Courseware

Webcast Berkley

Stanford on iTunes

UMass Boston

Academic Earth


Note that all videos are have completely captioned scripts and some courses are available in Spanish as well.

Online Calculators, Equations, and CAS



R: A Free Statistical Package


Search Engines

How do I find stuff for myself?




Note that this one requires a cooliris download plug-in to Firefox.




Searches the “dark” Internet (no, not the XXX websites), this ALSO searches the websites that are only accessible by subscription, like the WSJ or Forbes) May be good for finding more data-driven material

Rollyo Searchrolls

Experimental human-driven “meta” searches - a person selects their own collection of websites and then the search is restricted to those. Click on the EXPLORE tab, search for "math teaching" and try the roll “My Math Teaching Sites” rolled by Maria Andersen.


Professional Organizations






National Center for Academic Transformation An organization that provides help with course redesign.



Magazines and Journals


The Futurist

Journal of Online Mathematics

Science Friday

Distance Educator Weekly Magazine

A great newsletter delivered to your email inbox once a week.

Fast Company

Educause Review

Technology Review

Popular Science

eLearn Magazine

Why do it?

Who will teach them if we don't?

Our students enter a world where they must manage their digital life and their real life. If we don"t teach them how to do this, who will. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and say "don"t use the Internet." We have to teach students worthwhile things to do with the technology we now have.

Academia 2.0

The majority of our students are ...

If we can incorporate images, demonstrations, or diagrams… we should. If those images, demonstrations, or diagram can be interactive… even better.

How much Time

I’ve been teaching this way for (fill in the blank) years, and I already feel pressed for time. And now I should add technology from the Internet? Isn’t this going to take a lot of time? (scroll) Yes, don’t do all your classes at once.

Re-examine your course structure

Look at each element of your traditional lesson structure / class time… What do we do? Why do we do it? i.e. How is it beneficial to student learning? What are the drawbacks? With all the resources we have at our disposal, is there a better way?


Boomers, Gen X-ers, and Millenials - Understanding the New Student

Before you Begin

Fair Use and Copyright

  Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia General principles Cite your source for any snagged images Refer users to the original hyperlink Don’t sell anything containing someone else’s media product without their permission

Fair Use Guidelines for Educational and Multimedia

Copyright Crash Course

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Baruch College Guide to Copyrighted Media

Creative Commons

Legal to copy books for digital use?

Managing Your Links

Favorites in Web Browser

Pros: Easy to use, already in your browser Cons: Only on one computer (not portable), you may add a link to favorites at home, but then it’s not at school.

Google Bookmarks and Google Toolbar

Pros: Portable, each link can have multiple labels, what you bookmark at home is also at work & vice versa. Cons: You must get a Google account. For convenience, you should download the Google Toolbar to machines you use all the time.

A social bookmarking site where you maintain and share your bookmarks. Pros: Social nature. Cons: Also requires account.


Interactive Materials

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

Wolfram Demonstration Project

Remember that all you"re going to see at the WD website is a PREVIEW of the interactive demo. To obtain the demo, you will need to download the Mathematica Player (only need to do this once) and then download the demos. I just spent an hour one day downloading 250 demos to my hard drive. The demos are small, the player is large.


Famous Curves Index

Finding Little Stuff and what to do with it

See if you can follow these URLS back to the original site and find ALL the material posted by this person. Chances are that if you like ONE of their demos, you"ll like them ALL!

Concept Questions (Project QUEST)

Connecting Mathematics

Math and Search

Math Interactives

Illuminations Activities

Geometric Look at Partial Derivatives

Calculus Songs

Math Top 10 Lists



Algebra and Precalculus

Math Elem Ed


Online Resources for Probability and Statistics

Above Calculus

Digital Libraries


Applied Math and Science Education Repository. AMSER is intended for faculty, staff, librarians, and students.

Wolfram Demonstrations Projects

You must download the free Mathematica Player to be able to interact with the Wolfram Demonstrations. The player is pretty hefty in size - so it should be downloaded where there is sufficiently fast Internet. Over 4,000 demonstrations, around 3,000 for math. (1/7/09)

Science Literacy Maps

Science Literacy Maps (a subgroup of NSDL) is a tool for teachers to find NSDL resources that relate science and math concpets. The maps do a nice job of illustrating the connections between concepts.


National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Really intended for the K-12 Math audience ... but if you teach statistics or Math for Elementary Teachers, this is a good resource.


National Science Digital Library Can search for topic under the tab "Higher Ed & Research"


Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching You do NOT need an account to browse and use the resources (only to rate or save them to folders) Click on "Mathematics and Statistics" to browse the 1584 results. 1/7/09


Math Digital Library


TED Talks

Replace your TV intake for a week and you’ll have a new understanding of where technology is going and why it’s so important that we go with it.

Sixty Symbols


100 Incredible Open Lectures for Math Geeks

Mathematics in the Movies (from Knill at Harvard)

Math and the Movies with MathBits Worksheets

Sputnik Observatory for Study of Contemporary Culture

YouTube EDU


Harvard at Home

Leibniz Calculating Machine

Project Tuva: Feynman Videos

Year of Math Blogging

Science Friday Video Site

  Believe it or not, Science Friday has a video archive.





Spiked Math

Math Modeling of Zombie Outbreak

New Math

Brown Sharpie

Math Purity Test

Dieting the Math Way

Virtual Math Museum

Nearing Zero Math Cartoons

Math Blogs

Remember that you can use a blog reader (via RSS) to follow along on many blogs at a time.

What is a blog?

A blog is like a newspaper column, published by an organization or individual(s). You visit the blog on a periodic basis to read or subscribe.

What is RSS?

Now the blogs come to you collected in a "newspaper-like" format instead of you having to actively visit them on your own.

360 Blog

37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About

AMS Grad Student Blog

Casting Out Nines

Division by Zero

God Plays Dice

Math in the News RSS Feed

nLab Collection of Math Blogs

Number Warrior

Teaching College Math

Terry Tao

Walking Randomly

y of x

Haven't found what you're looking for?

Look for the "Blog Roll" on each of these blogs. Most bloggers post a list of the blogs they read. Follow these blog rolls to your perfect "end of the rainbow" blog.

Start a Blog

Pros: Easier than building a website! It’s your list, your personal journal of your professional development - organize it how you’d like. You can always find the information you"re looking for if you"ve made a blog entry. Cons: Now you’ll be one of “those people” with a blog.

Recently added

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Mathematics

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Mathematics

Concept and Clicker Questions

Professional Development

Essays about Mathematics, Teaching Mathematics, and the Future of Mathematics

How can we measure teaching and learning in math?

Student Conceptions of Mathematics