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Information and pages by Jim Olsen.  
Are you looking for good nonroutine problems?  
Organized into Seven Sections: §»Interactive Applets; §»Problem Solving; §»Topic Sites; §»Learning Activities and Lesson Plans; §»Mega Sites; §»Reference Sites; Math Reference Sheets §»Free Software. Tons of cool stuff! Annotated links. Virtual manipulatives, Pi Day sites, interactive java applets (my favorite is Shodor), free software (check out Geogebra!), more. Huge storehouse of useable resources. ISBE, NCTM, LEGO education, and educational research included.  
For example, history of math archive and online encyclopedia of sequences.  
General computer tips and a few things for web developers, graphics, and more.  
Are you looking for money?  
Getting a teaching job, discipline/classroom management, school improvement, professional resources, and surviving the first year.  
On WIU Placement, teacher education issues & policies, and careers in mathematics.  
This is a catchall of neat sites that didn't fall into any of the other categories. Photos from space, Atlas of the Universe, online conversions, butterfly farming, and more. 
24 Percent Tweets. This is project is now complete. 24 important things to know about percent. Click>>24 Percent Tweets . You will find Slideshare's with examples and Quizlet practice decks. Scroll down for more information and pages that can be printed. (Note: Unfortunately, the Learnist site is not longer working.)
Common Core Math Standards: Information, Links, and Resources
Properties Foldable (Word doc)  This foldable helps students understand properties (such as commutative property of addition, etc.) When you 2sided print it, you may need to 'flip it on the short edge.'
Mental Math Worksheets DONE for Eighth Grade and for Algebra I  30 worksheets each, teaching 30 strategies. Free download.
PFD Boot Camp (Percents, Fractions, and Decimals)
Online
Math Games, Demonstration/Exploration Tools, & Puzzles, organized
by grade, K through 12.
Navigating the Landscape of Fraction, Decimal, and Percent Problems  Documents, problems, and handouts from our presentations at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, October 22, 2011, the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 8, 2011, and the Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers' Conference, March 23, 2012.
Quizlet Page  Quizlet is a great program (and app for iPad or other tablet) for making flash cards and review materials.
The Big Picture of Creating and Using Videos for Teaching & Learning  (Jan. 2010) how to create, prepare, and post videos  pretty easy!
Online Mathematics Practice Worksheets/Quizzes and Review Resources  Most of the online practice is in the form of games which can be found at Online Math Games, Demonstration/Exploration Tools, and Puzzles (above). This page has links to worksheets and quizzes for practicing math skills. More quizzes can be found on this Teaching Resources page below. Also, there are links to Review Resources, which are tutorials to review mathematical topics from arithmetic through calculus.
RATES Project  Realworld Applications Teaching Everyday Solutions curriculum development project
Beauty of Three Dimensional Polyhedra and Spatial Visualization  B3D  numerous links to threedimensional geometry.
Archimedean Solids  (mine) videos, links, and even a cool Prezi!
Geodesics Domes and Spheres Page  (mine) links, photos, and how to build one out of newspaper.
Math Education Research and a Plethora of Committee and Government Reports  Originally compiled on the occasion of the Common Core State Standards (the reports were the precursors for the CCSS). Updated periodically.
BrainBased Learning and Learning Theories  much has been discovered and written lately  and this helps us help our students learn.
Common Core Math Standards: Information, Links, and Resources
Teacher Facilitator Page  I prefer the term "Teacher Facilitator" over "Teacher Leader," but they are similar.
iPad For Novices and iPad For Schools: Information, Links, and Resources  Since I'm new at the iPad, I made these pages to help myself and other newbies. A Few More iPad Tips
Volume and Surface Area Webpage  Prisms, Pyramids, Cylinders, and Cones
Top
Ten Lists for Using Technology to Help Elementary/MS Students Learn Mathematics
Top Ten Lists for Using
Technology to Help HS Students Learn Mathematics
Games and PowerPoint Games for Math Practice  We've made a number of PowerPoint files that can be used in the classroom to review math topics and skills in a game environment. This files can be edited with your own questions.
TI Graphics Calculator Tips  Including TI Connect and TI Graph Link Cable and Software (with howto videos) (just the TI Connect Basics, with videos) and Cabri Jr.
Analytic Scoring Scale for Scoring Student Work on Problemsolving Tasks (by Jim Olsen) This is a rubric I designed (with initial help in a class) and have used with teachers for a number of years. The primary purpose of this scale is to award credit to students for following the 4step problemsolving process. A student can get the wrong answer and still score quite well using this rubric. Conversely, a student with the right answer (alone) may not get all the points. If you wish to actually evaluate student knowledge of a specific math topic, I'd recommend using a different scale. This is a generalizable, analytic rubric. It does break up the student's work into parts (gives three subscores), but it is generalizable, in that it can be used with about any problemsolving problem.
Systematic Guess and Check ProblemSolving Strategy  The basics of troubleshooting.
Amounts From Rates Worksheet  Primarily a graph interpretation activity. One of a number of, what I call, "early calculus topics." Realworld applications. Rates vary over time and the student must find the total amount accumulated. Appropriate for Algebra II or PreCalculus.
Solids of Revolution  Students rotate a triangular or rectangular region about an axis to create a solid. Students identify the solid and find its volume. Second "early calculus topic." Appropriate for Algebra II or PreCalculus. First 5 are straightforward cones and cylinders. Second 5 are a bit more challenging. No calculus required. Basic volume formulas used.
List of Objectives Involving Change, Rates, and Rate of Change  School districts need to decide where (when) students will be introduced to these ideas, and when the ideas will be developed, mastered, and reviewed.
Graphing Rational Functions by Hand  While generally I highly favor use of graphing technology, and favor realworld application, here's an activity that is only in a math context, and we get the answers just using our heads. It is strong in building number sense and function sense.
ICTM Handout from the presentation titled, "Using Problem Solving to Teach the Illinois Standards." Sarah Dalpiaz gave this talk (as I was out of town for a wedding). In MSWord format.
Teaching Mathematics via problem solving: Here are some example problems.
Here is a series of handouts related to the function concept. Each is given as a Word document and as a rich text format document. These handouts assume that students have been exposed to the function concept minimally. That is, they know that "there in an input, some thing happens, and there is an output," and that "inputs and outputs can be put into ordered pairs."
The Definition(s) of a Function ~ Is Yours in Here? Different books use different definitions for function. It's all the same concept. This handout helps make connections between differentsounding definitions. functiondefs.doc functiondefs.rtf
The Representation and Synonym Games  The fact that functions have many representations and that there are many synonyms for terms (such as "yvalue") make it tough for students. This handout can help. REPS_SYN.doc REPS_SYN.rtf
Basic Function Objectives  Some of these basic objectives can be learned in middle school. basic_objectives.doc basic_objectives.rtf (For more advanced objectives see the Misconceptions and Difficulties handout below and reword the "difficulties" into things the student can do.)
Function Notation ~ "OK, so f(x) doesn't mean f times x, what does it mean?" FUN_NOTATON.doc FUN_NOTATON.rtf
Levels of Graph Comprehension  Although literal reading of data presented in graphical form is an important component of graphreading ability, the maximum potential of the graph is realized when the reader is capable of interpreting and generalizing from the data. Just like reading text, there is difference between reading the words and comprehending the ideas. graphcomprehension.doc graphcomprehension.rtf (rich text format may not have all the graphics in the example)
Misconceptions and Difficulties in the Understanding the Function Concept  The function concept is central and key to mathematics, but it is also complex, due to its many related concepts and multiple representations. Miscon_difficulties.doc Miscon_difficulties.rtf
My Top 10 Reasons for Using Computers and Calculators to Help Students Learn Mathematics  PowerPoint. (pdf format)
Why it is important for W.I.U. to make a commitment to the preparation of teachers  three documents
= Featured Links
I am highly interested is using problem solving to teach the standard school mathematics curriculum. (I think we can have our cake and eat it too  involve students in problem solving and have them learn the mathematics curriculum at the same time.) To this end I am interested in problem databases that are organized by the mathematical content. Below are a few.
The Art of Problem Solving  Wow this site has really grown! They have a huge team working on this site. Huge database of contest questions. AMC (8) (10) (12) questions. This is for gifted education and regular education. Richard Rusczyk is the founder.
ProblemAttic  Wow, this is great! 80,000 of the best questions from NY Regents, State Assessments, NAEP, TIMSS, Academic Competitions, and more. Select, Arrange, Format, Print. Generate worksheets and Problems of the Week (POW's) in no time at all! Easy to use.
Space Math @ NASA  introduces students to the use of mathematics in todays scientific discoveries. Real applied problems categorized by grade level from 3rd grade through calculus (e.g., Algebra I, Geometry, Calculus). Problems are in nice PDF format, with answers. Very nicely organized by topic. You can even search for problems by "moon" or "black holes," etc. Other features include multimedia. Active site with 396 problems as of 1/20/2010.
Math off the grid  Running a middle school math club. Has a huge list of Resources of Problem Sets, POWs, Videos, and Sites. (Some, but not all, are listed here.)
MPAAC K12 ProblemSolving Database  Search for problems by Illinois Learning Standard. These problem writeups written by teachers in the MPAAC grant project at W.I.U.
Problems from Mathematics Teacher  Each month in the Mathematics Teacher journal there is a calendar of problems. If you serach for 'calendar problems,' you find 100's. (You do have to be an NCTM member.)
Best of the MathNerds  A few really nice problems. I like the The Magnificent Seven.
MATHmodels.org  Mathmodels is COMAP’s new modeling forum.
NRICH  Lots of problems for various levels (from the UK, "stages 45" are grades 912). See also Maths Finder ("Maths" in the UK = "Math" in the USA).
Mathschallenge.net  A web site dedicated to the puzzling world of mathematics.
Math "Coffins"  a collection of difficult math problems with elegant solutions that possess a unique history.
Excellent problems can be found from contests:
Secondary Mathematics Problems (I'm working on these now  I hope to add to these often).
Seven Sections:

Virtual Manipulatives
Polypad from Mathigon  this is quickly becoming a main goto site for online manipulatives.
Toy Theater  has Math, Puzzles, Art, Reading, and Games.
New ELabs site  This is one of the best sites on the Internet for grades 36. A few I really like are Division with Remainders, Equivalent Fractions, and Transformations. This is a new (shockwave based) version of the popular Elabs (java based) we've used for years. Part of the Learning Site, from Harcourt School Publishers. Math Jingles are new. (ELabs is the older site is being phased out and being replaced by the New ELabs site.)
Virtual Manipulatives from Glencoe  Grades PreK to 8. Lots of manipulatives (and Backgrounds/Workmats)
Project Interactivate  For me, right now, this is the Number One Free Math Site on the Internet for interactive applets! (Otherwise known as the "Shodor Applets.") The goals of this project are the creation, collection, evaluation, and dissemination of interactive Javabased courseware for exploration in science and mathematics. They have Tools, Activities, Student Page, a Newsletter, and more. The Function Flyer is one of the best applets on the web. A couple more I really like are Equivalent Fractions Pointer and forest fire simulation (Chaos Discussion), Arithmetic Practice Game that is Connect 4, and Fraction 4  click a tree to start the burn! (Other ways to access this applets and activities is use us Curriculum Materials). From the Shodor Educational Foundation, Inc.
Huge Virtual Manipulatives Site(National Library of Virtual Manipulatives = NLVM) Click in the body of the table for the standard and grade level band. I especially like Platonic Solids, Platonic Solid Duals, Space Blocks (like MultiLink cubes), Algebra Balance Scales, Coin Problem (use logic to find the lighter coin!), TransformationsReflection (dynamically interact with and see the result of a reflection transformation).
Virtual Manipulative Tool Box  nice list of virtual manipulatives. From Math Bridges.
Crickweb.co.uk  interactive resources for primary grades.
List of Math Manipulatives  Upper elementary.
CyberChase Games  From PBSKIDS. Click here for my descriptions and my evaluation of the games.
Connie Stoner's Interactive Web Resources  Here's her school page. Ms. Stoner teaches Jr. High Math. Lots of great games. Fun too! Some sites even allow the teacher to track student work.
Mangahigh.com  I'm quite impressed with this site. High quality math games that K12 students like to play. Can set up games/problems for your students.
Dimension U  Another site with high quality engaging and motivating games.
MathPlay.com  Lots of excellent math games.
More Virtual Manipulatives  From Archytech.org. The links below may be slightly different explore to find you favorites.
Pattern Blocks online  You can play with Pattern Blocks online. Activities available as well.
Base 10 Blocks online  Make sure to check out the hammer and glue options.WolframAlpha  "Computational knowledge engine"  Solves math problems, gives world statistics, stock pricesyou name it!
AustralianHelp.com/OnlineTools  Many calculators which use WolframAlpha as the engine.Wolfram (Mathematica) Demonstrations Project  This is a web collection of freely available, interactive demonstrations in math, science, and many other areas, at all levels from elementary education to frontline research. You do have to download the Mathematica Player, which is free, and runs all demonstrations. A few of my early favorites are Piecewise functions, Splitting a Cube, Buckyball in Icosahedron, Color (Rubic's) Cube, 3D Dissection Puzzle, Polygonal Numbers, and Fractal Tetrahedron. Fifteen Great Circles on a Sphere is awesome.
Protractor applet  Very nice. Has an intro (which can be skipped). Various interactive activities with and without a virtual protractor.
Lathe (creating 3D objects) applet  fun, get creative!
Free math games  Nice games for practicing facts (such as Targeting the Answer or Percents Fractions & Decimals or Matching Fraction Game  Equivalent Fractions). Can control what facts to practice. From helpingwithmath.com.
Math Open Reference  mainly geometry. Nice interactive demos. Common Core aligned.
Interactive Math Dictionary for Kids  Interactive and visual ("maths" is the short form of mathematics in much of the englishspeaking world, outside of the US  this comes from Austrailia).
Math Playground  educational site for elementary and middle school students. Math Games, Word Problems, and Logic Games.
Journal of Online Mathematics and its Applications (JOMA)  New from the Mathematical Association of America. Includes higher mathematical thinking. See the Mathlets in each issue (these are Java applets).
Funbrain.com  Games (see MathBrain) for practicing math. Grades 1 to 8. See also the Quiz Lab. Teachers can post quizzes for their students to do online.
iKnowthat.com  K6 Games. Bucky's Blueprints and MathBlox practice. Might be fun for indoor recess on rainy days. Decipher Word Problems ("pickanoperation" word problems).
Academic Skill Builders  Meteor Multiplication, Alien Addition, and Minus Mission. Gives very nice diagnostic reports.
Hoodamath.com  lots a great thinking games. I recommend: Coffee Shop and Bloxorz.
Multiplication.com  Comprehesive site with lots of free resources, games, and selfchecking worksheets. Resources (games and worksheets); Test your progress (online worksheets); Teaching process.
Arithmetic Practice Games  Interactive games to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Online worksheets too that correct themselves. Part of APlusMath.com.
Math Continuum  Games and practice for number, geometry, algebra, and probability/statistics.
Virtual Algebra Tiles  A good exercise. Not a lot of variety. Does not show all you can do with Algebra Tiles, but a good activity none the less.
Explorelearning  (formerly ExploreMath.com) This is probably the best site on the web for interactive math appletshowever it is no longer free. These applets (they call them "Gizmos") are excellent! I believe you do get to use one applet free per day. There is a 30day demo as well. Many of the Gizmos also have an online assessment built in.
VisualFractions.com  That's it. Learn about fractions visually. Includes equivalent fractions, mixed fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions. Learning games included.
Math Reasoning Inventory  "Find out what your students really know about mathematics." Led by Marilyn Burns. Whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.
Building Houses  Applet for building a building and seeing the three (top, front, and right) views. Helps students with spatial visualization.
Contig for Windows  I'm not sure if this is still around. This is free software that you will load (and run) to (from) your hard drive. Contig is a very good strategy game (and you practice arithmetic and order of operations at the same time!). The site has the rules. I would play Contig first on a physical game board (with markers), to learn the game. Then learn how to do it on the computer (vs. the computer). There are different levels of difficulty and "computer strategy." This is timed (which can be adjusted). I believe the default settings are challenging and fast, so you probably want to change these the first time, or it will be frustrating.
Online  Interactive Mathematics  Online Practice (computer graded). Multiple levels.
Tangents Applet  This applet draws the graph of a function and its derivative. A tangent line is drawn on the function, and a crosshair marks the corresponding point on the graph of the tangent. You can move the tangent line by clickinganddragging on either graph.
Make Your Own Kaleidoscope!  Use your own graphic (from the Internet) to make an interactive kaleidoscope.
Tangrams  Online. Part of fwend.com.
Cyberchase Tangrams  PBS.Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles  Lots of puzzles with Java applets. The site has won many awards. Try Flipping Pancakes or Farmer and Wife To Catch Rooster and Hen or the Three Glass (water pouring) problem (or the water pouring variation). Then move on to the more advanced. Lots of explanations and theory provided. See cuttheknot.com.
Puzzles  Such as Tower of Hanoi. Part of math.com. Hex7. The Hex7 page is very interesting and includes a great example of a "nonconstructive" proof of a winning strategy for player one.
Online Interactive Puzzle Hall of Fame  Fun online and you have to think. See also Clickmazes.
Tower of Hanoi on the Web  more Tower of Hanoi information, history, and variations.
Freepuzzles.com  Good problem of the week possibilities. Rated by difficulty.
Sudoku  This is the hot puzzle game. Can play online at this site. (You can google for more Sudoku sites, as you wish.)
MentalWorkout  I have not checked this sit out much. May have some potential.
The Problem Site  Educational Games, Puzzles, and Problem Solving. Math games, math problems, word games, word puzzles, mystery quests.
PROBLEMS for Math Problem Solving  from Nine Quick Learning Strategies for Success. PROBLEMS is an eight step process for solving math word problems.
Braingle  Brain teasers, riddles, puzzles and games. Created by Jake Olefsky (who wrote the book The Everything Brain Strain Book.
Mathematische Basteleien  (from Germany) Interesting things on paper folding, tetrahedrons, soma cube, Rubic's cube, and more.
Problems of the Week  Students can submit their solutions. (Not all of these are continually active, but most have a nice archive of problems available.)
 AIMS Puzzle Corner
 WIU Problems of the Week
 Education Place Brain Teasers weekly problems for grades 34, 56, 78
 Discrete Math Problem of the Week
 ProblemAttic
 Geometry Problem of the Week
 Algebra Problem of the Week
 Trig/Calculus Problem of the Week (from the Math Forum)
 NRICH  from the UK, "stages 45" are grades 912.
 Calculus Problem of the Week
 Problem of the Week  4 grade level bands. From www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/.
 College Problem of the Week
 LIST of Challenging Prolem pages
Math Contests and Competitions (for K12)
 Online Math League  Grades 312.
 Math Olympiads  Grades 46 and 78.
 Mathcounts  Grades 68.
 American Mathematics Competitions (AMC)  Grades 612. AMC 8, AMC 10, AMC 12, AIME, USAMO, andIMO. Mathematical Association of America. There is a Teachers' Manual.
Math League  Lots of quickie problems and exercises. "The Math League is dedicated to bringing challenging mathematics materials to students. The Math League specializes in math contests, books, and computer software designed to stimulate interest and confidence in mathematics for students from the 4th grade through high school." There are (printable) free samples and to order problem books. USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS)  Has a great Proofs Without Words page. From NSA.
 Noetic Learning Math Contest  Grades 2, 3, 4, 5.
 American Regions Math League  "the World Series of mathematics competitions."
 Mu Alpha Theta  Mu Alpha Theta is a National Mathematics Honor Society (HS and 2year college students).
 National Assessment & Testing  Seattle, WA. Administers high quality, affordable mathematics competitions for high school math teams and honor societies.
 Mandelbrot  high school.
 See also this list.
MATHCOUNTS  A coaching and competition program for middle school students nationwide. Even if you don't participate, the handbook (available online) they provide are a great source of math problems. Comprehensive discussion of problem solving strategies is included.
Shack's Math Problems  Great problems (mathproblems.info).
Interactive NIM sites:
 NIM Skulls  Remove from one group. Remove 1, 2, or 3 (then REST). Make him take the last.
 Fruit Game  Remove fruit from rows. Goal is to try to eat the last. (Take/eat those to the right of your click.)
Boredom Buster Sites (sites with games and puzzles for kids):
 Counton.org  Games, poems, Virtual Mathematics Museum, and more. From the U.K.
 Funology.com  Not just math. Jokes, tricks, Brain Drains, and more. "For ages 1 to 10."
 AbraKidAbra  Math tricks.
 Funbrain.com  Games, including Math Baseball. Not just math.
 Mathcats.com  Math explorations, math crafts, MicroWorlds, and more.
 EnchantedMind.com  Not just math. I especially like the creative java puzzles (including Tangrams and Knights's Tour). Also, Mensa puzzles, creativity, science. Upper grades and adults.
Nick's Mathematical Puzzles  just that, mathematical puzzles of varying difficulty.
Java Games  Some pretty good drill and practice (which generally I like to do using paperandpencil) games. On the basic operations and geometry terms. Part of APlusMath.com.
Great books by the TVstar and UCLA mathematics major, Danica McKellar.
 Math Doesn't Suck: how to survive middle school math without losing your mind or breaking a nail. (first book)
 Kiss My Math: Showing PreAlgebra Who's Boss. (second book)
 Hot X: Algebra Exposed  (third book)
 Videos here.
 Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape  (fourth book)
MATHmodels.org  Mathmodels is COMAP’s new modeling forum. On this site, students and faculty will find a wide range of interesting contemporary modeling problems. Teachers can assign problems. Students can choose to work on problems based on math topic and application area. There are contests.
RealWorldMath.org  Real World Math is a collection of free math activities for Google Earth designed for students and educators.
Mathematics News: Snapshots for high school. Slide shows. #History The Mathematics News Snapshots for High School (MNS) project aims to provide high school students with a glimpse into the exciting and dynamic world of contemporary mathematics. This shows the evergrowing nature of mathematics.
High School Operations Research  "Since 1996, we have been developing instructional materials for use in high school mathematics classrooms." Operations Research is all about applied mathematics to realworld problems (click here to find out what "Operations Research" is). Uses Case Studies from companies such as McDonalds and L.L.Bean. Sponsored by INFORMS  Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
Geodesics Domes and Spheres Page  page of links to information, lesson ideas, buildings, and videos.
Math Mistakes  This site is about compiling, analyzing and discussing the mathematical errors that students make.
Math and the Art of M. C. Escher  Huge site on the artist/mathematician M C Escher.
STEM Transitions  By the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD). At its core are six Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career clusters that have provided the context for instructional materials. Sixtyone Curriculum Projects Ready for Classroom Use.
Trig Cheat Sheet  Definitions, formulas, unit circle, and more. From cheatsheets.org.
Brain Breaks  blog and book by a HS math teacher from Naperville, Illinois.
Next Generation Science Standards  released April 2013. This is the science version of the Common Core State Standards (which are for English and Math).
Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics  [PDF] released 2020. From AMTE.
PUMAS  PUMAS = "Practical Uses of Math And Science" (poo' · mas)  a collection of onepage examples of how math and science topics taught in K12 classes can be used in interesting settings, including everyday life.
David Bailey's World of Escherlike Tessellations  yep, Escherlike tessellations.
Puzzle World  about many of the finest handcrafted mechanical puzzles in the world. Including Puzzle Design Competition, Slider Puzzles, The 15 Puzzle, and more. By John Rausch. Includes The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections  This is an internet version of Stewart Coffin's book of the same title. Huge site with everything from polycubes to the platonic solids and tons more. (Unfortunately it is "print" and not interactive.)
Thinking Blocks  an interactive math tool developed by classroom teachers to help students learn how to solve multistep word problems.
Pascal's Triangle websites  A list a websites I put together which provide information and applets on Pascal's Triangle, Triangular Numbers, and Tetrahedral Numbers. powerpoint
Fibonacci Numbers Websites
 Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section  Wow, real cool! Puzzles and more. By Ron Knott.
 Fibonacci Numbers and Nature  25 pages! Also by Ron Knott.
 Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci  biography.
 Fibonacci as Part of the Renaissance  An Annenberg/CPB Exhibit.
GoldenNumber.net  Very comprehensive web site on the golden ratio. Selfproclaimed "Phi Source."
The Golden Ratio  by David L. Narain. Drawback is that it is primarily text based.
How do you find exact values for the sine of all angles  Trigonometry. Even down to sin 1°.
cos 36°  Very nice article on the exact value of cos 36° and how it relates to the Golden Ratio!
Connect Palindromes  This is a twoplayer game (or play the computer) like Connect 4, but you are trying to get palindromes!
Ag in the Classroom  Agriculture across the curriculum. Tons of resources for teachers (including math connections). Lots of free resources and even grant money.
Graphics For The Calculus Classroom  lots of graphics and a few animations. A bit old now, but still some good stuff.
Visual Calculus  Has tutorials and animations for numerous Precalculus and Calculus concepts. My reaction was that it might be hard to learn from these tutorials if you are learning it by yourself for the first timehowever, they are useful for a teacher to use. That is, if a teacher is there to explain things as the computer moves through the tutorial, the tutorials may be a useful teaching aid. (In their words, "A collection of modules that can be used in the studying or teaching of calculus.") As is often the case, some plugins are required, but fairly easy to obtain.
AP Calculus questions online. The freeresponse questions for multiple years are available here. From apcentral.collegeboard.com.
CalculusHelp.com  Has nice video tutorials (to find these click Tutorials and Fund StuffTutorials for the Calculus Phobe). Also has Problems of the Week.
Calculus.org  Resources for students and teachers.
Calculus Applets  interactive Java applets for teaching and learning single variable calculus. They use graphs and tables to illustrate concepts.
DIG Stats  Delve into Descriptive and Inferential statistics, and then proceed to Graphical analysis. Activities contain data sets. It seems that this site has discontinued operations.
Boxplots  nice site on boxplots. Quizzes included.
More Data Sets for Statistical Analysis  found on my My Students page.
Plotly  a cool new (online) way to graph data. Beta.
National Center for Education Statistics  Very good site. Has both resources for teachers to use in the classroom and statistical information on the state of education. Has:
 Games and Activities
 Explore Your Knowledge online quiz for 4th or 8th graders.
 Create a Graph Tool  for students (others) to make statistical graphs.
Prime Mathematics Enrichment  Good problem library with problems organized by topic. (This site is not just about prime numbers.) Could use for problems of the week. Also has online Tangram puzzles. Monthly magazine.
The Prime Pages  This is about prime numbers. Prime number research, records, and resources. Has a nice list of Prime Conjectures and Open Questions. Interesting facts, curiosities, and problems. Can check a number's primality (but it can't be too big :).
Geometry Center  At Science U. Good stuff on tilings, symmetry, and more. Check out Kali, where you can interact with the frieze and wallpaper patterns.
TilingSearch.org Awesome (searchable) database of beatiful tilings. Couple examples.
Exploratorium  The Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception. There is some math in here  check out the The Math Explorer.
Archimedes' Laboratory  Puzzling and Mental Activities Since 1997.
Powers of Ten  View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move closer all the way to the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
A Question of Scale is a similar site but zooms in on a honey bee in San Francisco.
Pi Day Ideas (I know very little about these sites for Pi Day. You'll have to verify the validity yourself.)
 The Exploratorium  Pi
 Joy of Pi (.com)  Pi links
 Celebrate Pi Day (edutopia)  Classroom resources
 Pi Trivia Game  game
 World of Pi  Pi
 300th Anniversary of Pi  from MEGSL
 Montrose Mathematics  Pi Day
 Goudreau Museum of Mathematics  Pi Day Contest
 Scientific American article
 The Digits of Pi
 Songs
Exactly How Is Math Used In Technology?  Examples of how various areas of mathematics are applied to various areas of technology. High School Algebra to Differential Equations and Numerical Analysis, and Food Technology to Prosthetics.
Girl's Plus Math Camp  This is a summer mathematics program for girls ages 12 and 13 to develop an appreciation for mathematics. It is held on the Western Illinois University campus.
Color Math Pink  designed specifically to help middle school and high school girls excel at math.
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)  to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and
to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences. Has a new Teacher Partnership Program.The KnotPlot Site  A collection of knots and links, viewed from a mathematical perspective, created with KnotPlot, a computer program to visualize and manipulate mathematical knots.
IMAGES  Improving Measurement and Geometry in Elementary Schools. Has nice sections on Visualization and Spatial Reasoning, Cognitive & Developmental Issues, Instructional Activities and Lesson Plans, and more. Also, they get the best acronym award!
Investigating Patterns: Symmetry and Tessellations  This is a page of links to various activities on symmetry and tessellation. I recommend TeachLearn inversion from Scott Kim's Inversions Gallary.
GuideMe NACME  From the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
Graphics Calculator Help  Select from ten different calculators. Then click a topic for specific instructions.
Contextual Learning Resources  Use the table of links on the left hand side. From CORD.
WebQuests  "A WebQuest is an inquiryoriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation." I like the concept. Has not been updated lately (as of 9/3/2002). Many of the links on the site do not work. Email the webmaster when you find dead links.
Triangular Math Facts Cards  For learning fact families. For example, 5x7 = 35; 35÷5 = 7; 35÷7 = 5; 7x5 = 35.
Rubrics, Rubrics, and More Rubrics  Yikes, everybody's making them. Be careful, everything on the web is not of high quality.
 Rubistar  Create Rubrics for your problem solving, project, writing, and assessment activities.
 Rubrics4teachers.com  many rubrics (does not seem to have an online tool for making your own).
 Rubrics from teachnology.com  fill in a form. Has a math rubric and a general rubric generator (very flexible, but requires a lot of writing). Note that in the browser you can save the page (rubric) and then edit it with another piece of software (e.g., Word web page editor).
Balanced Assessment in Mathematics  at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (website now housed at The Concord Consortium). Contains a library of 300 assessment tasks for grades K to 12, AMUSE (Assessing Mathematical Understanding and Skills Effectively), a very comprehensive paper on assessment, and the MCAPS Scoring Tool (Mathematics Content and Process Scoring System).
Diagnostic Mathematics Assessments for Middle School Teachers  measures mathematics knowledge in four content domains: Number/Computation, Geometry/Measurement, Probability/Statistics, Algebraic Ideas. Middle School Mathematics Content Summary Chart. From the University of Louisville.
Quizlet.com  Nice site for online flashcards/quizzes. There is an iPad App for this! You/Students can create your/their own. My quizzes at quizlet.com/dro314.
ThatQuiz.com  Nice site for online quizzes. You can create your own.
MyMathTest.com  You can do an online quiz on Basic Math through Introductory Algebra. Automatically scored with quick feedback. (The required plugin download is quick and painless.)
Authentic Education  Grant Wiggins' website. Understanding by Design (UbD). "backward design" twitter A Brief Introduction Big Ideas (Wiggins' blog).
The Danielson Group  Services, The Framework, Resources
Danielson 2013 Rubric  from New York
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Number Time  PreK  2. Fun animations, games, songs, and movies.
SoftChalk  This is software (it does cost, but it's real goodI use it). It makes learning modules (actually web pages) for use online and in online courses ("SCORM" modules). You can easily create matching, labeling, multiple choice, ordering, etc. quizzes and activities.
Rounding Game  practice rounding properly.
Study Guides and Strategies  Very comprehensive. Does have a math section.Test Prep Review  Free Practice Tests for over 60 tests from the ACT to, CLEP, Praxis, to GRE, and many more.
Varsity Tutors Practice Tests  Short practice tests, flashcards, and QuestionoftheDay, for ACT, COMPASS, CLEP, and more. Part of http://www.varsitytutors.com/.
Online Math Tests  includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and more.
AAA Math  K8 arithmetic lessons with online practice (with immediate feedback). Pick a topic, then go down to the PLAY area and click your game. (AAAMath is equivalent to www.321know.com,)
Isometric Dot Paper and Geoboard Dot Paper and Geoboard Dot Papers
Geometry Labs Book  free online. Over 100 pages of grade 811 geoboard activities. Mostly circular geoboards. Includes Trigonometry.
Print Free Graph Paper  Cartesian, polar, isometric, and logarithmic (pdf files).
Number Line Generator  great tool for making custom number lines (for use on worksheets, SmartBoard, web, assessments, etc.).
PDF Generator  Create and print pages of number lines, graph paper, dot paper, and much more  even fretboard diagrams for guitar. This site also has calendar generators, free music, and more for most curriculum areas. Incompetech.com labels themselves "Ugly website, brilliant content."
High school Hub Mathematics  A good portal for HS students and teachers. A lot of the same links you see on this page. Part of the High School Hub.
COMETS  Clearinghouse On Mathematics, Engineering, Technology and Science. Created specifically to address the unique educational needs of hearingimpaired students, this site hosts a wide variety of lessons, resources, and workshops for education professionals in math, science, engineering and technology.
Teach Engineering  The TeachEngineering digital library provides teachertested, standardsbased engineering content for K12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms.
Logical Fallacies  (This website has changed so the link now goes to a PDF. Nicely organized examples and instruction on logical fallacies by Stephen Downes.(another place I found) Another place to find information on logical fallacies is logical fallacy from Wikipedia.
thou shalt not commit logical fallacies  another good site describing logical fallacies. They have a free Poster.
Math Dance  Classroom activities for teaching mathematics and performing arts through wholebody movement. For grades 412. For example, check out The Four Basic Symmetries.
PBS TeacherSource  Math  Mathline. Activities, videos, and lesson plans. Part of PBS TeacherSource. Part of PBS Online.
The Futures Channel  Activities and links for interesting math and science lessons. Includes a nice section on careers. Updated frequently.
Investigation/Exploration in Geometry to Discover Properties Using a Dynamic Geometry Program
Here's the process:
 (Prerequisite is that students know how to make a dynamic (e.g., Geogebra) computer sketch.)
 Describe the setup. E.g. Prop. 13: "If a diameter AB of a circle meet any chord CD, not a diameter, in E, and if AF, BG be drawn perpendicular to CD." (The setup is the ifpart of the proposition.) One might also give a hand diagram.
 Tell the students what to investigate, and to make a conjecture. E.g. Prop 13: "Find the relationship between lengths CG and DF."
 Ask the students to prove (or disprove) their conjecture.
Here are some sources for investigation ideas (These are from Antonio Gutierrez's Geometry StepbyStep From the Land of the Incas site, which includes inspirational poems and more.):
 Triangle and Squares  Level: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry.
 Proposed Problems  Level: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry.
 Archimedes' Book of Lemmas  Many at a higher level, challenging for HS and college.
 More theorems and lemmas  nice list of interesting theorems.
 Professional Development Workshop Guide  55 page detailed (stepbystep) guide for GSP (Geometer's Sketchpad).
 LEGO Education  from the LEGO Company. http://www.legoeducation.com/
 Notes: Steffanie Forbes is the LEGO Education Consultant for Illinois (and IA, KY, MO, & IN). A good starter kit (with software) is W979917. A good starter book of activities is 991455. My 1page Intro to LEGO MINDSTORMS. (User Guide)
 NASA Robotics Alliance Project  many (but not all) robots are built out of LEGO. Includes an Educational Matrix, educator links, and more. NASA is a big supporter of LEGO Robotics.
 First has four robotics coompetitions: FIRST Robotics Competition for Grades 912 (ages 1418); FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 912 (ages 1418); FIRST LEGO League for Grades 48 (ages 916; 914 in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico); Junior FIRST LEGO League for Grades K3 (ages 69). See the VIDEO. This is BIG.
 John Deere FIRST Grants  John Deer Inspire  money to start a FIRST Lego League (or Challenge, etc.) team!
 The NXT Step Blog  Info on LEGO Mindstorms NXT system.
Kansas Robotics League  students build and program real, autonomous robots to accomplish specific tasks. Focuses on local competitions.ThinkQuest  "ThinkQuest Inc. is a non profit organization which offers programs designed to advance education through the use of technology." Have won many awards. A large website covering all curriculum areas. They do have a site tour and information page.
Math in Daily Life  Examples of math in daily life. Includes a nice annotated list of Math Web sites. This is part of Annenberg/CPB Exhibits.
When Am I Going to Use This?  OntheJob Applications of Mathematics. Infographic on uses of HS math.
Make It Real Learning  'Through our online library of engaging realworld mathematics activities, we answer the question, "When am I ever going to use this?"' Quite a few free, sample activities available.
Math Trails  You've heard of nature trails, well there is mathematics around us as well. Math trails from across the country. See also Math Trails from Canada.
N.C.T.M.  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
 NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000) (in book form and electronically).
 History of Math Ed (supplied by a third party)  1989 Standards, 1991 Professional Teaching Standards, 1995 Assessment Standards, 2000 Principles and Standards, and more.
 Curriculum Focal Points  The Curriculum Focal Points are the most important mathematical topics for each grade level.
 CAEP/NCTM Program Standards  Standards for Programs for Initial Preparation of Mathematics Teachers.
 Note: NCATE and TEAC have consolidated to form CAEP which will serve as a single accreditor for reform, innovation, and research in educator preparation.
 NCTM's Research Clips and Briefs  researchbased responses to questions of practice. Clips are short and provide only the findings. Briefs include more information and list related research.
 Linking Research and Practice  Summaries of research findings and how they can be applied to classroom teaching.
 Figure This  Mathematics Challenges for Families provides interesting math challenges that middleschool students can do at home with their families. Good problems for school use too!
 Illuminations Page for Java applets and videos. See the eexamples, especially Understanding Distance, Speed, and Time Relationships.
 2012 Annual Meeting (Philadelphia) program  has links to many of the handouts.
 Manuscript access for MT authors and referees
I.C.T.M.  Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics  student memberships cheap.
ICTM Parent Handbook  Click here to download the handbook in PDF format. To view it you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, available from this site. Open Source Textbook Sites
CK12 Flexbooks  Free textbooks online! This foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K12 market.
Heritage High School Geometry Textbook (provided online)
Big Ideas Math Learning or Easy Access Student Edition  Student materials (textbooks) available. 100's of pages. Videos available. Includes a Basic Skills handbook. Very good. From Ron Larson.
More OER textbooks:
 Open Textbook Library  Supplied by UMN (University of Minnesota). Use the search box.)
 OER Commons  Open Educational Resources.
 openstax  from OpenStax CNX.
 The Orange Grove  from Florida.
Khan Academy  Huge library of videos covering K12 math and other topics. Practice activities included.
The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC)  aims to increase enjoyment, confidence and ability in mathematics and computer science among students and teachers. Celebrating 50 years in 2013! Has POW's. From University of Waterloo (Canada).
Yummy Math  Mathematics relevant ot our world today.
Steve Leinwand  "The fact that, for the first time, the U.S. has what is essentially a national curriculum, equivalent in quality to what is found in the highest scoring countries in the world, means that the focus of leadership can finally shift from arguing about what math to teach, to how best to teach the agreed upon content to all students." See also his page with "Great Online Math Resources."
eMathHelp  free online resource for HS and colelge math students.
SpringBoard  English Language Arts and Mathematics curriculum for students in grades 6 – 12. From the CollegeBoard.
IXL  Covers a huge number of topics from K to Algebra. Online questions (which are scored electronically).
Math Goodies  Math Goodies is a free educational web site featuring interactive math lessons, homework help, worksheets, puzzles, message boards, and more!
Mathway.com  This site has worksheets and will solve problems for you. To see the steps you have to pay. Basic math through calculus and stats.
India Bix  Online quizzes and tests to test many things from logical reasoning to arithmetic, to science, and more.
The 50 State Quarters® Program Lesson Plans  from the U.S.Mint. Games and more.
Best Practices for Mathematics Instruction  From It's About Time, Herff Jones Education Division.
Helping Your Child Learn Math  Ideas for parents of PreK7 grade children. From the U.S. Department of Education.
Helping Your Child Learn Math – A Parent's Guide  For parents of PreK3 grade children. From Ontario, Canada.
Math and Children's Literature <<click here or the links below.
Math Night  Math Night is an event that allows kids and their parents to explore and enjoy areas of mathematics they wouldn't encounter in everyday schoolwork. Includes a Guide, Activities, and Pencil and Paper Games. Contains many activities on topology.
Indiana HighQuality Tasks for Improving Instruction  tasks.
Intel Education  Technology, science, and math classroom ideas from the chip maker Intel Corporation.
Blue Web'n  A library of Blue Ribbon learning sites on the web. They make a distinction between lesson plans on the web (which could as well been in a book) and web based learning activities that require the student to use the web, in some way, to get information.
AIMS Education Foundation  Activities Integrating Math and Science . Has a Puzzle Corner.
AIMS Association of Illinois MiddleLevel Schools  "Making the middle matter!"
Twenty Questions about Mathematical Reasoning  by Lynn Arthur Steen, St. Olaf College.
TI Calculators  Lots of resources (about uses of Texas Instruments calculators), including software downloads (some free), lesson plans, support, and contact information (800TICARES, 8008422737).
TINspire CX Handheld* Resource Page  links to resources.
America Counts  a multifaceted Federal initiative designed to help teachers' professional development (pre and inservice). (This is different from MathCounts.)
Homework Hints
Helping Your Students With Homework: A Guide for Teachers
Staying on top of Your Studies: A Guide for Students, Parents and TeachersNUMB3RS is a drama about an FBI agent who recruits his mathematicalgenius brother to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles.
Escape from Knab  THE Adventure  Escape from Knab is an educational simulation which takes participants through a series of financial decision making experiences in the fun and entertaining setting of the fictitious planet, Knab where visitors discover the results of their actions and decisions. Students learn mathematics, economics, life skills (and use the Internet technology).
The K12 Mathematics Curriculum Center  This site will help you build an effective mathematics education program and consider the new standardsbased mathematics curricula (sponsored by the NSF). Located at the Education Development Center (EDC). Or see any of the following:
 ARC Center  for elementary curricula.
 ShowMe Center  for middle grades curricula.
 Modeling Middle School Mathematics  video lessons and Webbased Internet materials to examine each of the five NSF funded middle school math initiatives.
 COMPASS  for high school curricula.
 Chicago IMP  on the Interactive Mathematics Program implementation in Chicago.
Fun Facts  This large (searchable by topic and level) archive is designed as a resource for enriching your courses with mathematical Fun Facts!
Math Is Fun  Games, Puzzles, platonic solids, Mathionaire Multiplication Quiz. Has a very nice place for students to practice arithmetic facts called Math Trainer. Also has area with math explanations.
Millennium Mathematics Project  Large project from the UK. Has NRICH problems; Plus Magazine (targeted for secondary students) which opens a window to the world of maths, with all its beauty and applications, by providing articles from the top mathematicians and science writers on topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport.
Teacher Resources on Line (trol)  Lots of stuff for math teachers from a PDF file of the first 100 digits of pi (for your wall), to missing digit puzzles, to counting problems and more. (Actually, it's for maths teachersit's from the UK.)
Coolmath.com and Coolmath4kids.com Online Thinking games, Brain Benders, Way Cool Math Things, Graphing calculator, 3D Mazes, Graph game, and more. Has a big practice area, including Algebra Crunchers. This site has a lot of ads, but it is a good site and the lady running it seems to be well qualified.
Jim Loy's Mathematics Page  Huge website covering many math topics from Algebra to Fractals and Chaos to Zeno's Paradoxes.
John Handley High School Math Page  Lots of Math Humor, Puzzles, Poems, Quotes, and more.
Mathematics 101  'Leading Sites for Math Teachers.' Comprehensive list of annotated resources.
PurpleMath  "Your Algebra Resource." Seemed quite symbolic (not a lot of interactive applets or applications) on my first visit. Very complete. Offers a lot of explanations of topics such as factoring and intercepts. Has a good list of math links. Also has and explanation and example of the classic word problemsscroll down to the bottom (such as age, coin, and mixture problems).
WWW Interactive Mathematics Server ("WIMS")  Search engine, puzzles, online plotters and calculators, more. This site has some excellent activities. This site is rather hard to navigate, (and for me to provide reliable links) so apply some problem solving. I really like Correspondence (for learning about 1to1 and onto functions for advanced math students) and Magic Rectangle (for middle school students to practice addition and problem solving simultaneously).
Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics (aka Wolfram MathWorld)  Math World from Wolfram Research. Lot's of interesting topics  many advanced topics. Very interactive and dynamic. See also:
 Demonstrations.wolfram.com
 Functions.wolfram.com
 Integrals.wolfram.com
 WolframAlpha  'computational knowledge engine'
 The Mathematical Explorer.
 Wolframscience.com  (huge) book. Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science, available online.
Maths Online  This page contains prepared links to more than sixty online tools for every day purposes, and some hints where you find more. Function plotters, calculators, and symbolic processors. "Maths Online" comes from oversees. Also has The Gallery which consists of interactive multimedia learning units an many topics including derivatives.
Mathematical Moments  This program promotes appreciation and understanding of the role mathematics plays in science, nature, technology, and human culture. Download this series of pdf files. It's from the American Mathematical Society (AMS).
Math Awareness Month (need link)  Each year there is a theme intended to, you guessed it, promote math awareness. Lots of interesting activities, ideas, and archives from the Mathematical Association of American (MAA).
I.S.B.E.  Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). See also the list of ROE's (my ROE page). or the IARSS Site (which includes the "ROE Minimum Requirement Document," updated December 28, 2006) or a map showing the ROE's.
 Illinois Licensure Testing System  click for exam dates, frameworks, and study guides, including the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT test). Note: June 30, 2013, Illinois (ISBE) is moving from a the Teaching Certificate to the Professional Educator License (PEL).
 Elementary Education (Grades 16) Test Framework (Test #305)  Objectives for the content test for Elementary Education majors. At WIU, the content test is taken prior to student teaching. This information is from the ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System) page. MathHelp.com provides review materials.
 Mathematics Content Test  (Test 208) This is the content test for Mathematics majors who want to teach in Illinois. Framework At WIU, the content test is taken prior to student teaching. Click here for suggestions on preparing for the content test. This information is from the ILTS (Illinois Licensure Testing System) page.
 edTPA  edTPA=Teacher Performance Assessment. This is used to evaluate teacher education candidates (preservice teachers, college students) and is required for the Illinois LEP (Professional Educator License) beginnin July 1, 2015. At WIU, we began using it at least one year in advance. The edTPA replaces the WTWS (Western Teacher Work Sample). edTPA and Illinois Professional Teaching Standards Crosswalk.
 Math Content Standards for Teachers  Illinois Part 27. See 27.130 (See also the NCTM section for the NCATE/NCTM Program Standards.)
 Illinois Professional Teaching Standards  For all teachers. The IPTS went into effect July 1, 2013.
 Teacher Evaluation Page  this is page has information, links, and resources regarding teacher evaluation. Includes information on PEAC and PERA. This is mainly for practicing (inservice) teachers.
 Part 20: Standards for Endorsement in Elementary Education (including math).
 Part 21: Standards for Endorsement in the Middle Grades (including math).
 Middle Grades (58) Mathematics Test (202)  first test date was 2/20/2017. See also, the next item.
 Middle School Programs  After Feb. 1, 2018 new rules will be in place for candidates wishing to get endorsed to teach middle school. The following document (from ISBE), titled The Future of Illinois Middle Grades, is very useful.
 Illinois Learning Standards  click to see (or download) the Illinois Learning Standards (ILS).
 Past (old) information: PSAE  Prarie State Achievement Exam
 PSAEACT: Math
 PSAEWorkkeys: Applied Math (has been removed).
 Illinois Education Job Bank  lists of job openings for teachers. See also Employment Opportunities.
 Early Childhood Learning Standards  Standards for PreK (similar to ILS) students.
 My page titled "Miscellaneous Notes on Licensure"  just a place I write down technical information on teacher licensure (formerly 'certification') requirements.
 Assessment of K12 Students  The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English language arts and mathematics to all students in grades 38.; SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9 Beginning in spring 2017, ISBE began requiring all publicschool students in grade 11 to take the SAT with Essay.
Universal Design for Learning  Nicely organized theory and website (by CAST). The UDL Guidelines are based on three principles.
National Mathematics Advisory Panel Final Report  On March 13, 2008, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel presented its Final Report to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Education.
Math Reference Sheets
Reference Sheets  Has math reference sheets for algebra through calculus.
Paul Dawkins Trig Cheat Sheet  one of my faves. Trigonometry.
Geometry Reference and Formula Sheet  from AIMS. Posted by the Arizona Department of Education.
Harold's Parent Functions  Functions: Name, parent, graph, and characteristics.
College Algebra Quick Reference Sheet  no graphs, but lots of symbolic algebra.
Regents Exam Prep Center for the NewYork Regents exam. Practice problems.
NutritionData.com  good source for data on food. If you want to write problems using realworld data and rates, this is a good site. Actually shows the food label for virtually every food.
Top 50 Teacher Websites for Seriously Dedicated Educators  mainly blog for a wide variety of topics from Assistive Technology, to Creativity, to edTech, and much more.
Hotmath.org  Hotmath provides free solutions for actual math homework problems in many popular textbooks, Algebra I & II, Geometry, PreCalculus, and Calculus (High school). The problems are worked stepbystep. Multimedia Math Glossary  For grades 1 to 8.
Google Drive  I'm impressed with this. Google drive is a form of cloud storage (always available via the Internet). You can create (google) forms which send information to (google) spreadsheets. The forms can be used to assign homework or quizzes (see Flubaroonext item).
Flubaroo  Grading Made Easy  This guy (a teacher, Kurt Wismer) has created a script which runs in google spreadsheets to grade a quiz or assignment. It is real slick and it give a nice report. The site explains the steps well.
IHMC Concept Mapping Software  Free! download. Concept maps are great! Here's software for creating, saving, updating, and sharing concept maps (you can also print, publish to the web, and more)!
Probability Explorer  excellent! Probability Explorer is a researchbased software application designed with tools that enable students and teachers to design, simulate, and analyze a variety of probabilistic situations. It costs, but there is a free demo.
SimCalc MathWorlds  Software. Research and development in technology and curriculum
dedicated to helping all students understand the Mathematics of Change and Variation (including ideas underlying Calculus). This Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education (at UMass Dartmouth) was lead by, the late, Dr. James J Kaput.Poly  a shareware program for exploring and constructing polyhedra. Manipulate solids and their nets. Fold and unfold nets. Pedagoguery Software Inc. in Canada
Graph Paper Printer  Free program (software) for printing your own graph paper. To download it is probably best to search for "graph paper printer" at download.com. This software has been around for a while. I still use it. Very customizable.
Peanut Software  This is great software and it's free! "Wingeom" does many of the same things as Geometer's Sketchpad (and some new things too). There are other titles. Downloads are fast. Click here for a 1page handout on Wingeom (Word doc).
Cabri 3D  Another dynamic geometry software package. Specializes in three dimensional geometry. Has a 30Day free trial.
GeoGebra  "dynamic mathematics software for schools that joins geometry, algebra and calculus." Open source and free!! My Geogebra Page (geogebraatwiu.pbworks.com).
NonEuclid  NonEuclid is Interactive Java Software for Creating Ruler and Compass Constructions in both the Poincaré Disk and the Upper HalfPlane Models of Hyperbolic Geometry (noneuclidean geometry).
StatGames  consists of 20 games—or challenges—that will help you test and refine your statistical thinking
Mathgv Function Plotting Software  free I haven't used it, but it has been recommended by others.
SpeQ Math Software  This is a small, extensive mathematics program with a simple, intuitive interface. Easy and USBportable (I think) CAS program.
Topology and Geometry Software  by Jeff Weeks. KaleidoTile was updated November 2005. See Torus and Klein Bottle Games. This is another place to interact with the frieze and wallpaper patterns (Kali  slightly different from Kali at the Geometry Center).
Mathematical Visualization Toolkit  Excellent (easy to use) 3D (and 2D) plotter, by the Department of Applied Mathematics at CUBoulder.
QuickMath  Automatic Math Solutions. This is a free online CAS (computer algebra system). This will factor polynomials, solve equations, do calculus inegrals, and more. Powered by WebMathematica. Warning: this is an answergiver, and may be more detrimental than helpful in helping students understand mathematics.
Of course these have educational use as well.
History of Mathematics
archive  Very complete. Has a poster
of the day page. Mathematicians
of the day.
The OnLine Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences  By The OEIS Foundation. (Originally from AT&T.) Type in a sequence, such as 1,3,6,10,15,21,28 and it will return lots of information about the sequence.
A Geometric Proof of Heron's Formula  with lots of nice diagrams. Uses the right angle inscribed in a semicircle, geometric mean, similar triangles, (and more). It's a long proof but reads pretty well.
The Extensive List of Math Resources  Wow! "The most extensive collection of useful math resources from the Web: calculators, graphers, interactive visualizations and software."
What's Special About This Number?
Inverse Graphing Calculator  Generates an equation whose graph says...what ever you type in! See also the article on the equation of a segment.
Number Gossip  Enter a number and I'll tell you everything you wanted to know about it but were afraid to ask  including if it is a weird number.
Geometry Atlas  Selfproclaimed as "the web's largest collection of geometric formulas and figures, all available in MathML, Maple and Mathematica input and Geometry Expressions files."
Open Problem Garden  This is a database of open problems (unsolved problems) in mathematics. For example, the Collatz conjecture.
Tricki  repository of mathematical knowhow. Advanced math. College and graduate schoollevel. This is a "wikistyle site that is intended to develop into a large store of useful mathematical problemsolving techniques. Some of these techniques will be very general, while others will concern particular subareas of mathematics."
Searchable database of the Mathematics Magazine and the College Math Journal  from the Math Department at Harvey Mudd College.
MathOverflow.net  A place for mathematicians to ask and answer questions.
Convergence  Where mathematics, history, and teaching interact. A magazine of the Mathematical Association of America.
Shortestpath Algorithms  A clever demo of various shortestpath algorithms.
Free University Courses Available Online  there is a growing number of providers. These, generally, are free (and there are quizzes/tests) but you don't get college credit on a transcript. They do provide lot of usable materials and videos. I do not have personal experience with these, so you'll have to find out yourself which ones work well. Here are some links to explore.
Study.com (formerly Education Portal Academy)  Good highquality online videos. Including math videos.
Mysterious Number 6174  Interesting article on this interesting number.
Top 100 Theorems  One person's opinion. Work in progress, but worth a look. (see also)
Mathematical "Imagery"  The connection between mathematics and art goes back thousands of years. Has Advents Kalendar. Has Five Intersecting Tetrahedra (which I'd like to build someday). From the AMS.
Linear Algebra Toolkit  A number of modules which are designed to help a linear algebra student learn and practice a basic linear algebra procedure, such as GaussJordan reduction, calculating the determinant, or checking for linear independence. From Old Dominion University.
GameTheory.net  Interactive Materials, Quizzes & Tests, Lecture Notes, Dictionary, Games
Origami Links:
Comprehensive List of Math Resources  Calculators and pages on everything from ANOVA's to Cross product of 2 vectors. Most are not designed to be educational, but answergivers.
The 'Top Three' (OK, my opinion today) sites for making (and hosting) free websites are:
 WordPress.com  27% of all web pages on the Internet are created using WordPress. High quality. Fully functional. (I use it extensively.)
 Blogger.com  It's from Google (so it's good and stable). Popular.
 Weebly.com  Popular. Must be easy to use, I see it often.
Text Formatting Using HTML Tags  How to manually use HTML tags to get, for example, bold print, or super^{scripts}.
HTML/XHTML in one page  nice cheat sheet.
Link Checker  Check links on a page. You can also use Check My Links in Chrome.
My notes from year ago on making Web Pages  The big picture.
Math (and symbols) in Web Pages and (Math on the Web) Tools
 HTML Formula tool  Scroll down and click "maths online HTML formula tool." This is helpful for putting formulas on a web page (without using graphics)
 w3schools.com  the world's largest web development site. HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and PHP, (oh my!). Has tutorials and a nice Try It Yourself feature.
 Math Symbols in HTML  Good explanation of what's going on.
 Geometry symbols  a page to copy an paste from (e.g., ∠, °, Δ, etc.)
 Graphemica  a comprehensive site with 1000's of characters and codes.
 Unicode Characters  click to copy.
 Codecogs.com  (click Open Editor) great tool for getting math on the web. Easy once you know how, but it is useful to have an explanation. Drop by my office and I can show it to you in five minutes.
 Equation Sheet formulas and codes  includes code for Latex, MathML, etc. (ex.)
 HTML Characters  These codes can be used in Word. There is much more, including upsidedown text (ʇxǝʇ uʍopǝpısdn). http://www.whatsmyip.org See also http://whatismyipaddress.com/.
 Superscripts and subscripts to copy an paste.
 Math.typeit.org  another useful tool where you can get math symbols and copy and paste them out  for example to twitter.
Web Page Hosting
 WordPress.com  comments above.
 Blogger.com  comments above.
 Weebly.com  comments above.
 EducatorPages.com  teachers can make web sites, free.
 Google sites  a good place to create (store) web pages (sites) free. Blogger is more popular.
 pbworks.com  Create a wiki. I use this site and like it. Formerly pbwiki.com
 1and1.com  this is the company I use (I pay money, it's reasonable) to have drjimo.net and my subdomains.
Speed Test Sites
 SpeakEasy Speed Test  test the speed of your internet connection, for uploading and downloading.
 Speed Test  (another site to) test the speed of your internet connection, for uploading and downloading.
 Can also us TaskManager (in Windows8 and higher) and the Performance tab.
Is the website down checkers:
QR Codes
 Theqrcodegenerator.com
 QR Code Reader app for iPad: QR Code Reader by Scan (Scan, Inc.) in app store
Computer Hints, Tips, and Shortcuts  on Windows, Word, Internet Explorer, Power Point, etc. I don't have much yet, but hope to add to it. This is a place I look if I've forgotten how to do something (e.g., making a sticky space in Word).
 Basic Computer Hints, Tips, and Shortcuts
 Intermediate Computer Hints, Tips, and Shortcuts
 Online Needs  This is a page of needed plugins for Internet use and online courses.
 Web Page Summary  This may help if you are making web pages.
PureText  Have you ever copied some text from a web page or a document and then wanted to paste it as simple text into another application without getting all the formatting from the original source? PureText makes this simple. Free download. The program runs on your own computer. I use this daily.
Dropbox  Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website. 2GB free.
Geometer's Sketchpad on Web Pages using JavaSketchpad
To make a Geometer's Sketchpad file into a JavaSketchpad file so that it can be viewed on the Internet. You have to Save As and select .htm format and you put put it in a folder which also houses the JSP folder.
For more information, see www.dynamicgeometry.com/javasketchpad/about.php.
WinSCP  this is a secure FTP (file transfer protocol) program for transferring files to and from the computer you are working on (in particular, your wireless laptop) and the WIUecom server (the P: "samba" drive), where webpage files (and more) are stored. Free download. After installation use hostname: sftp.wiu.edu (and your ecom username and password).
File Size Calculator  Use this tool to convert file storage size from one unit of measurement to another. Bytes, KB, MB, GB, and more.
Color Tools
Coolors  tool (website) for making color palette. Has a Pick Colors From Image option.
Material Design Colors easy (click) to get the color number. Including Social Colors.
Color Scheme Designer 3  use it to find colors that look good together.
HTML Color Plalette (and more)  for web page designers. from www.w3schools.com
Color Number Converter convert color numbers from one format to another.
Encycolorpedia Most everything you want to know about color numbers.
Color Picker  for web page designers.
Gradients  uigradients.com
Colour Numbers  Another utility that may help find color numbers.
Web Safe Colors  Colors (with numbers) that work on any browser. Here's another.
Colors on the Web.com  tools for using colors on the web.
ColorMatch 5K
Video (creation, storage, and conversion)
Jing and TechSmith  Jing is a free screen capture program. TechSmith offers numerous image and video handling services (some cost).
Screenr  Site for easily making videos of your screen, with audio ("screencasts").
Vimeo  Site for storing videos. Higher quality than YouTube.
Zamzar  For converting video formats (e.g., .mp4 to .mov).
Videos using Windows Media Encoder  Use this piece of free Microsoft software to capture audio and video content from a computer screen or screens for later playback using Windows Media Player. Links to the download files and sample videos. Very easy to use.
The Big Picture of Creating and Using Videos for Teaching & Learning  How to create, prepare, and post videos  pretty easy! (posted Jan. 2010)
The Living Internet  provides a free reference guide to the Internet, taking a concise look at its history, design, use and more. Began in 2000.
Internet Clipboard  cl1p.net acts as an Internet clipboard, allowing you to copy and paste between computers "as easy as 123." Sounds a bit strange at first, but this may be the fastest way to create a web page. This is an interesting free service (visit the site and figure out for yourself how they can provide this for free). Check it out!
Run a Bobby Scan  You put in the URL of a page and it will scan it to see if you have met Accessibility Guidelines.
J*va On the Brain  A site about Java programming. I have not learned this yet, but I'd like to do so some day.
Canva  a good tool for combining graphics and words. Will make collages.
A Few Things I've Learned About Google Images Video (by me).
A Few Things I've Learned About Wikipedia Images Video (by me).
Online Image Editor  Good image editor. Includes (under Wizards) a tool to make areas transparent.
OpenClipart.org  Unlimited use and in the public domain.
ClipArtMag  free clipart.
Copyright Free Images  handful of sites. Clipart and photos.
Pikwizard  free images library.
FreeImages.com  Free photographs. Can be used as PowerPoint backgrounds.
FreeImages.co.uk  UK version
FreeDigitalPhotos  Royalty free photos for business and personal use.
Pixabay.com  free high quality images.
TheNounProject.com  Icons for everything.
TheNounProject.com  "Our community is building a visual language of icons anyone can understand"
Graphics (and icons) from Smashing Magazine
ICOConvert  a free online icon maker and favicon generator. With it you can make icons from png or jpg images.
Resizeimage.net  a free online graphic resizer. (Similar to ICOConver.)
TinEye  Reverse image search. Find where/other places an image appears on the internet.
Da Button Factory  Da Button Factory lets you create appealing buttons for websites, in no time and for free.
Button Generator  free buttons customized to your liking (with text if you want). No software or plugins to download.
FreePik.com  Free Vectors, PSD, Icons and photos.
Giphy  Very good site. Can make your own annimated gifs and can find Gifs. Let's start making these for math!
Animated GIFs  Use these as you would a regular gif.
Logomaker  Free. Make your own, professional looking logo.
LiteBrite Applet  This is an online version of the "old" LiteBrite game. It could be used to create a graphic sign.
Glitterfy  Custom glitter graphics  photos or words. Can make photo flipbooks.
Christian PowerPoint backgrounds  From heartlight.org. Searchable or all listed here (482 as of 11/05).
Imagechef.com  Nice site. Multiple tools, including how to create custom images with your text on them, a Word Mosaic (cloud), and more.
Saysit.com  Custom make signs  on a McDonalds sign, pop can, delivery truck, and more.
Word Clouds
♦Word Art  Powerful word cloud program. wordart.com
♦Tagxedo.com  Another site to create word clouds.
♦MonkeyLearn word cloud  I haven't used it yet.
♦Wordclouds.com  I haven't used it yet.
♦Worditout.com  I haven't used it yet.
Fodey.com  Creative graphics elements  Ninja, clapper boards, and more.
Nown Project  Large collection of highly recognizable ("international") symbols  could be used as icons.
Seamless backgrounds  at patterns.ava7.com
A few scanning tips  Information on Image Resolution and much more.
There is music available in YouTube Audio Library.
Richard Byrne put together this 7 Places to Find Free Music & Sound Effects for Multimedia Projects it includes:
 Royalty Free Sounds ('Sound Bible')
 Royalty Free Music
Software
SeaMonkey Suite (Formerly Mozilla Suite)  This is free and includes is a Web browser and HTML editor (the "Composer," for making Web pages) (and has advanced email and newsgroup client, an IRC chat client). The Firefox browser is also from mozilla.org and is very popular. Download for free.
Bravenet.com  Lots of free tools (including web page counters) for web developers. Founded in 1997.
Online Needs  This is a page of needed plugins for Internet use and online courses.
Email Stripper  free program to cleaning the ">" and other formatting characters out of emails, so they're easier to read. Very easy to use.
Videoguys.com  Learn here how to put videos on to DVD's. See the DVD Q&A, which is part of the DVD Cookbook.
AntiSpyware and AntiVirus Software  Spyware is software that runs in the background of your computer (and spys on you). WIU recommends Adaware and Spybot Search and Destroy (use the bulleted links below). See also WIU's resnet site. Lots of good reading on security issues can be found at firewallguide.com.
 Adaware antispyware software  go to the lavasoft.com site for the free download.
 Spybot S&D  free download.
 SMART Technologies for Education  They are committed to helping children learn and have many resources for teachers. Part of Smarttech.com.
 Free SMART Board software  I have found SMART Notebook to have many advantages over PowerPoint if you are teaching a lesson live. With SMART Notebook the slides can be interactive in that you can move objects around and add and subtract things during the live teaching of the lesson.
 Educator resources  lesson activities, free software, professional development programs and more.
 SMARTer Kids Foundation  provides grants to schools and higher education.
Mimio Information  Interactive Whiteboard
 Mimio.com  download, support, and more. Mimio Studio (Notebook) User's Guide. Quick Reference Card.
 Mimio Basics Handout  This is a handout we prepared for a Mimio workshop.
StarOffice Suite  This office software package is free for educators. It is similar to Microsoft Office, but it is from Sun Microsystems. Has word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing tool, and database. Click the education link. You do have to register and the download takes a while.
OpenOffice  This office software package is free. It is similar to Microsoft Office and to StarOffice. It is from Sun Microsystems (as is StarOfficeI'm not sure of the relationship between Star and OpenOffice).
GIMP  The GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. Similar to Photoshop.
Downloads  Winzip, Dreamweaver (30day trial), Palm OS, you name it. Nicely organized and downloads are rated for quality.
Fonts
wordmark.it  preview words with the fonts installed on your computer.
BetterFonts.com  lots of free fonts to (easily) download.
 Free Premium Fonts  ditto.
 Simply the Best Fonts  (selfproclaimed).
Butterick’s Practical Typography  This is a quite comprehensive (online) book on fonts and typography. His typography in ten minutes and summary of key rules are concise and a good place to start. He has lots of good ideas  and he is also selling his fonts (hey, everybody needs to make a living).
Illinois Education Job Bank  lists of job openings for teachers. See also Employment Opportunities.
Adding Teaching Endorsements Now Easier in Illinois  Once a teacher has a PEL (Professional Educator License), adding endorsements (even in at a different grade level) has become easier in Illinois. ISBE page.
Dual Credit Endorsement  This is for teachers (grades 1112) who wish to teach dual credit courses. PDF here. ISBE website here.
Teachers of Tomorrow  Developing confident educators, blog, insights into the current teacher shortage, and more.
Teacher Evaluation Page  this is page has information, links, and resources regarding teacher evaluation. Includes information on PEAC and PERA. Included is the Danielson framework.
Teacher Discounts Guide List of Stores giving discounts. Savings Tips, Buying Guides & Shopping Advice.
Teach.com  become a teacher and make a difference.
iPad For Novices and iPad For Schools: Information, Links, and Resources  Since I'm new at the iPad, I made these pages to help myself and other newbies. A Few More iPad Tips
BrainBased Learning and Learning Theories  much has been discovered and written lately  and this helps us help our students learn.
Advisees (or anyone) looking for a job click here to see what Kate Fijalkowski wrote from her experience so far in the job search  Including Quad City Job Fair info. Also, WIU students make sure you have registered with the WIU Career Services Office (Sherman Hall 116, (309)2981838) and get signed up to receive the Employment Opportunities Bulletin.Ten Commandments
What Do Middle School Teachers Need to Know to Teach Mathematics Effectively  from the State of Illinois and professional societies. I compiled this list of "standards" documents.
Unity  Poem (author unknown) about parents and teachers raising childrn.
Few more poems  including Children are...A, B, C's.
Numeracy Across the Curriculum  This is something that we need to pay attention to and endorse and grow.
Cultural Roots  Can we import the "Finnish approach"? Finland math scores are among the highest in the world. Why is it? One of the main reasons is the cultural attitude about teaching and math. Can we import the "Finnish approach"? Video on the Finnish approach. Email on importing the "Finnish approach".
Annenberg Teacher Resources  www.learner.org. Professional development videos. For example, Mathematics Illuminated is a 13part multimedia learning resource for adult learners and high school teachers in math and other disciplines or Patterns, Functions, and Algebra has 12 videos showing teachers in a professional development setting.
Schoolies  Comics by John P. Wood. Humor for Educators.(learninglaffs.com)
Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks  math humor.
How to Win Friends and Influence People  summary of Dale Carnegie's book, recommended reading for teachers.
Teaching College Math  mega site with lots of real cool stuff. Lots of Calculus links, too.
Illinois Virtual School  If a course is not available at your high school, it might be available as on online course.
I.B.H.E.  Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). News, notes, grants, and the Illinois Commitment (1999).
School, District, and State Report Cards (for Illinois)
Nation's Report Card (NAEP)
NCLB  No Child Left Behind websites.
Tapping America's Potential  Goal: Double the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates with bachelor's degrees by 2015. In July 2005, 15 prominent business organizations signed on to "Tapping America's Potential," agreeing to work toward this goal.
TIMSS (and TIMSSR) Third International Math and Science Study (1995) and TIMSSRepeat (1999). Including test items.
Be a Math Teacher  Information about becoming a math teacher. Includes information on the high demand for math teachers. From NCTM.
USteach  Education Career Network. http://www.usteach.com/
Math Education Research and a Plethora of Committee and Government Reports*  *The list of reports was compiled on the occasion of the Common Core State Standards  these reports were the precursors for the CCSS.
Math For America  This is a foundation that seeks to help address the shortage of mathematics teachers. They have a fellowships.
What to Expect Your First Year of Teaching  lots of useful ideas and tips.
Mathematically Sane  Promoting the rational reform of mathematics education.
Be a Math Teacher  from NCTM. Answers the questions of why be a math teacher, how to prepare to be a math teacher, and more.
Teachers First  many resources available.
The Triangle Coalition
for Science and Technology Education  A Washington D.C.based
nonprofit organization looking to to improve the quality and outcome of mathematics,
science, and technology education.
Mathematics placement at Western Illinois University for incoming students  More information about the ALEKS Placement Test. High school students are strongly encouraged to take a mathematics course their senior year.
Why it is important for W.I.U. to make a commitment to the preparation of teachers  three documents
So, Just Who Uses Math Page  Career Information Links
The
Mathematical Education of Teachers (MET Report)  The Conference
Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) is an umbrella organization consisting
of sixteen professional societies (MAA, AMS, NCTM, AMATYC, ...) all of which
have as one of their primary objectives the increase or diffusion of knowledge
in one or more of the mathematical sciences. This report is a very important
report in teacher education.
Encyclopedia Britannica BLOG  Where Ideas Matter  Won the 2008 CODiE Award for Best Corporate Blog. Daniel Willingham posts on the first and third Mondays of each month (often about education). He is a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.
TED  "Ideas Worth Spreading." TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Videos of influential (& perhaps famous) people.
Bill Gates  thegatesnotes.com. When he reads a book (and he reads a lot) he posts his reflections. TED talk. Twitter. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We need to listen to him and help him.
National Geographic YourShot.
Scientific American  Oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S. (since 1845). Scientific American won the 2011 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
Values.com  Foundation for a Better Life  creates public service campaigns to communicate the values that make a difference in our communities – values such as honesty, caring, optimism, hard work, and helping others.
The Virtues Project  "The vision of the Virtues Project is to serve humanity by supporting the moral and spiritual development of people of all cultures, by helping them to remember who they really are and to live by their highest values." Benjamin Franklin virtues.
Servant Leadership  from Into thy Word.org.
Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership  an international nonprofit organization, headquartered in Indiana,which promotes the understanding and practice of servant leadership.
Work to Solve the Worlds Problems (espeically those involving people in need)
Beautiful Rising  "teaming up with activists, movements & organizations across the global south to assemble a toolkit of creative activism that will showcase the innovative tactics & strategies of southern social movements."
Bill Gates  thegatesnotes.com. When he reads a book (and he reads a lot) he posts his reflections. TED talk. Twitter. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We need to listen to him and help him.
FindHow.com  A search engine which uses the various HowTo, blogs, and wiki sites on the Internet. "To empower people to achieve success at every task, in whatever role and stage of life they are in, by simplifying and speeding access to trusted, reliable HowTo content on the Internet." They have a nice "Family, School, and LibraryFriendly" policy. (This means you can't look up how to do something unethical. :)
Area Guides  City guides. Lots of nice data displayed graphically. I have not checked out their sources (probably would be a good idea to do so).
Great Books Online  by Bartleby. Many things from Gray's Anatomy, to the Harvard Classics, to the US government's World Fact Book. Every searchable, of course.
Free PDF Tools & Resources  tools for converting file types. For example, converting PDF to word. (It could be a scanned document!)
The Seasons of Life  PowerPoint on the seasons of life.
Recycle With Integrity  website to provide a way to donate used technology (cell phones, notebooks, mp3 players, etc) for charity.
1957 Time Capsule  (The first full year I was alive.) A great year. Nice web site which includes How the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Leave it to Beaver, Old Yeller, Peyton Place, the IBM 704, Elvis, and many, many more things from 1957.
Mr. One  Riddles  The number 1 is huge in mathematics! The page has riddles and jokes about the number 1  some silly, some mathematical.
PunGents.com  good site to find puns.
Noise to Signal  Cartoons spoofing social media, Internet design, Apple, and the related.
agoogleaday.com  Daily trivia game. (Of course, one uses Google to find the answer.)
Lists
Jane's ELearning Pick of the Day  by Jane Hart. Many other nice things on her site too.
Ukraine's Got Talent German Invasion Video  This video shows the winner of 2009’s " Ukraine ’s Got Talent," Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. It is an amazing performance.
Diane Ravitch's blog  Diane came out against the Common Core State Standards on 2/26/2013. Diane wrote The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (2010). Her website.
MakeUseOf.com  nice nice with lots of tips for making use of the Internet.
Make a Map  Embeddable and customizable maps. Uses demographic data. From Mapping for Everyone, from ESRI.
Flags, or Capitals, or Population of Every Country  interactive maps from chartsbin.
Snapple Realfacts  interesting facts. Many are numerical and/or scientific.
PBS  Becoming one of the best multimedia sites on the web.
One Week's Worth of Food Around Our Planet  from Fixing the planet.com.
Sites of the Day Sites
How To History  Video Tutorials in the Historic Arts. Learn to weave cloth, forge a knife, sew a corset, or build a Tudor mansion.
Ideas and Findings  On ideas from Boston Globe and Kevin Lewis (columnist). A daily roundup of academic studies  serious, sublime, surreal, and otherwise.
Knot a Braid of Links  a "cool math site of the week" service to the mathematics community.
Numberphile  Videos about numbers and stuff. For 2012 he had an Advent Calendar.
Stellarium  a free opensource planetarium for your computer. Really Cool!! Can be set up for anywhere in the world!
TimeandDate  world clocks, calendars, sun & moon data, and more.
Personality Traits/Temperaments ►Wikipedia ►Personality Type Equivalents (Lucy, Snoopy, C.Brown, Linus) ►Chart
This is the end of publishing  not  YouTube video. Interesting. Have to watch it to the end. (2:26)
Three sites I came across on being responsible and positive coaching.
TheGrandKidsFoundation.org  New York Yankee, Curtis Granderson, is an excellent centerfielder and super person and helping kids learn  he's even written a kid's book.
FrugalFun4Boys.com  great site/blog. Lots of great (and fun) ideas for LEGO, making things, and getting wet (water balloons and the like).
District/Official Search  Find your government congressman, senator, or representative. Use 9digit zipcode, address, or district.
Site with Legal Advice  •findlaw.com •lawinfo.com •freeadvice.com •lawfiles.net •lawguru.com •thelaw.com
alternativeto.net  "Helping you find the right software for your computer or mobile phone...Based on our users recommendations we list great alternatives to the applications you want to replace [or can't afford]."
Cultural Literacy Tests  online quizzes. Very good. Good prep too for Scholastic Bowl. About 29 quizzes with 2025 questions each. Click at the bottom to select a quiz.
Groupon.com  "features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in a variety of cities."
Fiverrr.com  online marketplace offering tasks and services, referred to as 'gigs' and microjobs beginning at a cost of $5.00U.S. per job performed.
Fun Pages about Moms  Includes things such as Momisms (by category of mom from picky to nagging to confused), Mom Quotes, Mom Certificate, and more. From happyworker.com.
Newspaper Front Pages from Around the World  from the Newseum.
Great Books Online (at bartleby.com)  Site with actual books. Incudes The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, by E. D. Hirsch. Has a reference section (with encyclopedia, dictionary, and more).
Project Gutenberg  online books and audio books.
Free Classic Audio Books  (uh, Free Classic Audio Books)
ThoughtAudio.com  audio books.
LearnOutLoud.com  audio books.
Sorting Algorithm Animations  Different ways that computer programmers can sort a list.
Clock/Timeline  you have to check this out!
Medical Information:
Online Coupon Sites:
35 Thought Provoking Education Quotes
Poster  How To Build Community  from Syracuse Cultural Workers.
The Size Of Our World  Shows relative sizes of planets and stars.
5 PowerPoint Search Engines  To Seek Out Publicly Available Presentations
Google as a (scientific) Calculator  not badand convenient. Does trig in radians, good for google. Part of Google Web Search Features. (which include currency conversion, phone book, weather, and more).
(Google's) Dictionary of Numbers  Google Chrome extension that tries to make sense of numbers you encounter on the web by giving you a description of that number in human terms.For example, $1000 » Traditional cell phone cost per year.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills  (in their own words) has emerged as the leading advocacy organization focused on infusing 21st century skills into education. The organization brings together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers.
Copyright: The Four Factors of Fair Use
How to perform the perfect golf swing  from videojug.com.
Jayisgames.com  Lots of neat games such as HyperFrame.
Jigsaw Puzzles  at jigzone.com. Tons of choices of piece shapes, number of pieces, and picture.
Annual Credit Report  There are three credit reporting agencies. They are required to give a free credit report to you once per year (since there thre 3 companies, you can get 3 reports per year). It is recommended that you request a (one) report every 4 months. Through AnnualCreditReport.com you can request from any of the three reporting agencies. Thanks to Prime Time America for the link.
FoldSchool  Cardboard furniture. I haven't tried it, but it looks interesting.
Stems, roots, prefixes, & suffixes  Neat site. Also has two games: Rooty, and Meany. See also www.etymonline.com (Etymological Dictionary).
Ideal Bite  "a sassier shade of green"  This is for people who would like to "do the right thing" for themselves and the planet if it were convenient, fun, inexpensive, and made one feel good. Resources and advice for real people leading busy lives. Green as in helping the environment.
CuriousMath.com  Facts, Trivia, Fun Tricks, Rules, & Methods. You might begin with the Top Ten List.
Falling Sand  and water, salt, and oil  experiment! quite bizarre and intriguing.
Character Counts  The Six Pillars of Character and more. Color coded.
May You Be Blessed Movie  inspirational movie by Kate Nawak.
Playa Cofi Jukebox  Ultimate jukebox. The best of the top 100 from the golden years of popular music (19501984). By year or categoy of music. Includes Movie themes and TV themes.
The Cliche Rotation Project  Fun. Their purpose is to replace old and worn out sayings with new ones of roughly equivalent meaning. For example, replace We'll cross that bridge when we come to it" with "We'll chop that tomato when the salsa runs out." Idea: read just the new one and try to guess the old cliche. Would make a quiz game, maybe trivial pursuit style.
Database of AwardWinning Children's Literature  Find a good book to match your tastes. Searchable database.
Arial Photos  and topological maps of the entire US. From TerraServerUSA. You can zoom in far enough to even see your own house!
Panoramic view of the world from the new space station  At night.
Blue Marble  "a better look at our living planet." From NASA.
Scale of the Universe  Interactive page for visualizing sizes from string theory (really tinytyny things) to beyond the known universe. (Click and drag the slider at the bottom of the screen.)
The Size Of Our World  Shows relative sizes of planets and stars.
Powers of Ten  View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude...closer and closer...all the way to the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
World Sunlight Map  showing current sunlight and cloud cover. See also the hemispherical projection.
NationMaster.com  "[A] massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease."
Map24  Plan your route in 3D.
Conflict Map  In the course of the 20th century, mankind experienced some of the most devastating wars of all times. Where did these wars take place? Interactive map with sliders on the timeline.
Wanderlust  GOOD maps out history's greatest journeys, from Magellan to Kerouac. Great if you like maps!
World War II Military Situation Maps  from the Library of Congress American Memory site.
Google Maps  Great maps. Zoomin and out (like Yahoo), but you can also drag the map, making it so you can walk/drag your way all through your trip.
Animated Atlas  Animated Atlas portrays large chapters of history quickly by animating maps and geographic features. For school and home use.
Washington, DC Flyby  If you're planning a visit to the nation's capital, check out this unique map of Washington. It offers details in the beautiful pixelstyle of games such as SimCity. Part of dc.gov.
Atlas of the Universe  The universe is a very big place, so having a map to help you get around makes a lot of good sense. And actually, this site offers nine major maps, each one larger in scope than the previous one, to provide an encompassing picture of the galactic subdivision in which we find ourselves.
World
Clock  lots of information from cancer to HIV to bicycles produced.
Sun Clock  Where is the sun shining right now?! A PC application and a useful screen saver  keeps you in touch with the sun, moon, and stars. Free Download. Customizable for your location.
Solar System Links:
Online Conversions  Convert just about anything to anything else. Over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions. Not just inches to centemeters and feet per second into furlongs per fortnight, but Kelvin, teaspoons, newtons, quadrillion, leap years, time zones of the world, Julian dates, BAC, ASCII Engine, and yes, even shoe size. Also has calculators for things such as BAC and wind chill. This site is wellorganized and runs well.
ConvertMe.com  Another conversion site. Includes fuel economy, where one can consider miles per gallon and gallons per 100 miles (reciprocal times 100).
UnitConverter.net  For All Types of Online Calculator & Metric Conversions.
Easyunitconverter.com  Another good site for conversions.
Quest For the Rest  problem solving and divergent thinking.
Litsum.com  Free Literature Summaries and Study Guides.
All Kinds of Minds  A nonprofit institute for the study of differences in learning, founded by Dr. Mel Levine, a Professor of Pediatrics. Information and resources for teachers, families, and clinicians.
Engines of Our Ingenuity  Celebrate the creativity of the human mind through this web site and public radio show. Each brief episode (with audio you can listen to) gives fascinating details about developments in science and technology that have shaped our culture. Huge archive  lots of episodes.
The Toymaker  Marilyn ScottWaters believes that folks should spend more time making things with their kids (I agree). To that end, she’s put together a glorious web site will all kinds of toys and playthings one can make from paper. For example, try the Easterbox.
The Long Now Foundation  The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide counterpoint to today's "faster/cheaper" mind set and promote "slower/better" thinking. The Long Now is defined as the last and next 10,000 years.
Paul Sloane's Lateral Thinking Puzzles (Top 10)  We (our family) own many of the Paul Sloane lateral thinking books. My 11th grade english teacher, Mr Dziadosz, introduced me/our class to the concept. Our family loves to do these on tripsand we usually rate them. It's great fun!
See also: Lateral Thinking Puzzles or "Situation Puzzles"  In the game of situation puzzles, a mysterious situation is presented to a group of players, who must then try to find out what's going on by asking further questions. The person who initially presented the situation can only answer "yes" or "no" to questions (or occasionally "irrelevant").
New Math Song  posted by the National Curve Bank, a song by Tom Lehrer.
Great Books Online  Bartleby.com was named “Best Literary Resource” for 2002. Robert Frost to Quotations to the Bible  lots here. Encyclopedia, thesaurus, and more.
Norman Rockwell Links:
Time & Life Pictures Photographs from the Time and Life Magazines.
The Secret Lives of Numbers: Visualization  Data shown in this interactive system represents the "popularity" of every integer between 0 and 100,000! Explore how the usage patterns of numbers reflect our culture, history, and biology. More information found here and here.
RefDesk.com  Complete and comprehensive Reference Desk.
Web Graph  This site/program shows the 'webbiness' of the World Wide Web. It demonstrates visually how all the different sites that pop up under 'related sites' in the Google search engine are, well, related. Suggestion: enter the Starting URL: nsf.gov then click Graph It!
Story Place  Kids can make up characters for their own stories. Activities too. "The Children's Digital Library."
Offthemark Cartoons  huge archive. Fun! Cartoons by subject.15 pages of School Cartoons.
Cloth Simulator  physics.
TeachingBooks.net  Offering parents and teachers a guiding hand through the land of young people's literature. Contains video interviews with the authors.
Teaching Interrupted: Do Discipline Policies in Today's Public Schools Foster the Common Good?  by Common Good: Reforming America's Lawsuit Culture. Includes a discussion of discipline.
Frontline: Inside the Teenage Brain  From PBS. Useful for parents and teachers. Not just theory.
Boodle.com  Online coupons you select and print wherever and whenever you want.
Moviepooper.com  1546 spoilers in this database. Find out how movies endand they list several reasons why one would want to "ruin the ending." For the beginning (plot) of the movie you might try the the Internet Movie Database.
FindAHuman  Automated Phone System Shortcuts. Get past the computer answering system and to a human.
"What is (are) the important underlying mathematical concepts(s) in this problem?" Kim Hartweg
"An educated mind is useless without a focused will, and dangerous without a loving heart." Winfried J. Deijmann
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James R. Olsen, Western Illinois University
Email: jrolsen@wiu.edu
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October 27, 2021
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