When you search the web for Maths you find mostly, people grumbling about it, or waxing how they don’t like it, or how they didn’t like it at school, or what happened to them that caused them to hate maths.
And also you find some really dull and uninspiring maths teaching ideas, and some really hard and difficult maths.
But if you dig through the lumpy porridge of internet maths searching, you occasionally find a little gem lurking in there.
There are some truly dedicated maths teachers out there. There are some brilliant resources, and there are some absolutely fantastic and totally insane maths addicts.
Last month I put out an appeal on Twitter to try and find the best maths sites on the web. I asked for nominations in three different categories, and here are the three top rated sites in each category… I know that only makes 9. I’m saving one space for your recommendation.
1. Best student support – those sites that you can send students to when they are struggling, or flying. Where the focus is on understanding concepts and the navigation is easy.
Still in the top three after all this time is the BBC Bitesize GCSE revision site – with static descriptions and lots of tests to check your understanding.
Mr Barton Maths has a range of free resources for teachers and students. Mr Barton wants to “get you understanding and enjoying your maths a bit more”.
There is now a newly added facility to download the full set of GCSE notes to print out or view on your phone/tablet by downloading the e-book.
2. Best teacher support
One of the things that is clear about maths teachers, is that they are not precious about their resources and lesson ideas. There are loads of great sites out there sharing some excellent teaching ideas.
The top three are:
- NRICH enriching mathematics – is problem-solving gold – this website really is the king of investigative and imaginative resources. If it’s on Nrich, it’s a little cracker.
- Magical Maths – just like magic, but without the lies. This is a real community of maths teachers – there are resources here, but also there are maths teachers talking about what they are passionate about, and what they find annoying.
- Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI). Make your way to the teacher support material page, click on ‘Teachers’ from the top line menu, then ‘support material’. This is only the tip of a very large and impressive iceberg. Click on ‘GCSE starters’ for example.
And finally there are those maths sites that aren’t for supporting students with exams, or for sharing or finding resources, but are for when the marking is done, and you want some maths ‘me time’…
3. Best maths for pleasure
Brady Haran and the team at Numberphile take you off the beaten track on a mathematical video journey. They have a huge number of followers and subscribers, and you can see why.
Tim Harford – explains and debunks the use of stats and numbers in More or Less, from the BBC. All the programmes are available for download, and wouldn’t the world be just that little bit better if more people just listened to Tim …
There is always something interesting in Numberland. Alex Bellos has now moved his “Adventures in Numberland” material to The Guardian.
And I make no apology for including these three in my top 10 educational resources list. We teach maths because we value maths, and sometimes, spending half an hour to remind ourselves that it really is fascinating and that we can learn something new or think about it differently reminds us why we love maths. And for me, that is time well spent!
What do you think the 10th resource should be? Please let me know either on the website by logging in to share your comments (you’ll need to register first), or you can make your nominations on Twitter @BetterMaths