Magazine article Teach

Notable Sites for Teachers [Math Forum, ThinkQuest, Travel Buddies]

Magazine article Teach

Notable Sites for Teachers [Math Forum, ThinkQuest, Travel Buddies]

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The Math Forum

http://mathforum.org/

When I first began teaching a home room at the elementary level many years ago, math was one topic I dreaded. When I had to teach a math topic from the text book that I knew very little of, or when I was asked a math question that I had no idea how to answer, the first thing I did was head for the Internet. But back then, the Internet was full of trial and error, dead links, and very little useful information worth passing on to the students.

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One site that has been around before the World Wide Web and just keeps getting better is The Math Forum. It is one of the first places I go to for information on math, and for any math questions my students ask me about that I don't know. It's one of the best sites for math resources on the Internet. You can search for math subjects, browse the Internet Mathematics Library, or for a specific stumper, you can "Ask Dr. Math."

The first section I usually go to is Ask Dr. Math. In the archives there are answers to questions that have been asked over the years. These questions, in turn, have been divided by study level - Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College & Beyond. It's a great place to have students research answers to classic problems and formulas.

The site's sections include: Discussion Groups, Forum Showcase, Internet Newsletter, Problems of the Week, Teacher2Teacher, Web Units and Lessons, Math Resources by Subject, Math Education, Key Issues in Math, K-12, College and Advanced Math, and Innovations and Concerns.

Anyone who has an interest in (or fear of) mathematics should spend some time on this site. It has really made me appreciate the importance of mathematics and has reduced my dread of teaching this wonderful subject.

ThinkQuest

http://www.thinkquest.org/

ThinkQuest is a global network of students, teachers, parents, and technologists from over 100 countries dedicated to exploring youth-centered learning on the Net.

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Through ThinkQuest Contests, opportunities are provided to motivate educators and students ages 12-19 to develop highly informative and researched educational materials collaboratively in teams. Currently, there are over 5000 of these researched educational materials in the ThinkQuest Library. It's a fantastic place to search for curriculum materials for your class. This site also contains many documents, articles, software, and the ThinkQuest Communities to support the design and creation of content for ThinkQuest contests. …

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