Commercial support


Rationale: Many companies that develop and distribute materials for mathematics education maintain web sites to support both their customers and also prospective customers. Some of these offer exceptional levels of support and help for teachers, not only those who use their products, including classroom materials as well as technical materials. Demonstration software and other opportunities to sample commercial products are also offered here, allowing teachers to keep up to date with new developments. Increasingly, video tutorials of various kinds to help users and attract customers are being used to good effect.


Here are some examples:



CasioEd Australia


This excellent Australian website offers a great deal of support for users of Casio products, including scientific calculators, graphics calculators and the CAS-capable ClassPad. Materials have been developed and trialled in Australia. Many downloadable resources are available on the site to help teachers use the technology effectively. For example, ClassPad Corner offers Replacement Units (for a series of lessons), One Lesson Wonders, Programs and various kinds of help. The site also contains many instructional videos to help teachers and others get started, as well as information about forthcoming professional development opportunities. (CasioŐs international site is here.)



Texas Instruments portal


This large website provides support for users of Texas Instruments calculators including those intended for young children, scientific and graphing calculators and the CAS-capable TI-Nspire. While the website focuses mostly on US resources, the portal linked to here allows visitors to get some advice of local interest as well, especially concerning professional development. (The main US page is here.) Classroom activities and information about publications that use TI equipment are accessible via the site, as are also some video materials to help with using the products. Many of the materials are aimed at US courses and exams, but offer help for others as well.



Key Curriculum Press


This innovative US publisher has also developed some first-rate software (namely, The GeometerŐs Sketchpad, Fathom and TinkerPlots) for teaching and learning mathematics. This site offers significant support for the software as well as extensive information about publications. Teacher evaluation downloads of the software are available, together with help materials (including video materials) and classroom activities.





This website provides information about the various Cabri geometry software, including downloadable evaluation editions and plug-ins, as well as educational advice, including activities and video tutorials. Pioneers in the field since the late 1980Ős, Cabri now offer Cabri Geometry II, Cabri 3D (for three-dimensional work) and Cabri Jr (for Texas Instruments calculators), with more than 100 million users worldwide.





This Australian website offers (via subscription) online mathematics materials for early and middle years secondary students. Full use of the site requires a subscription, but this link offers good opportunities to see the nature and style of the materials, including a free 24-hour trial opportunity, as well as some free activities and materials. Unlike some sites that focus mostly on drill-and-practice, HotMaths has developed software to help students learn mathematical ideas, including interactive materials.




This website supports users, and potential users, of the innovative British software, Autograph. Trial editions of the software can be downloaded, as well as guides and manuals. A nice feature is the series of flash movies, Autograph in Action, which briefly illustrate the very many capabilities of this software. The site also links to Autograph author Douglas ButlerŐs wonderful TSM Resources site, with very many links for mathematics teachers.


Glencoe Virtual Manipulatives


This set of virtual manipulatives from Glencoe is intended for an interactive white board. Materials are intended for younger students (mostly, but not entirely, primary school). A large variety of background screens and grade-related manipulative materials are provided here, as well as onscreen tools such as a ruler, protractor, pens, etc.



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Last updated: 14 November 2010