Learning Mathematics and the Internet

 

Barry Kissane

 

This website for mathematics teachers has been constructed to explore some of the possibilities for students to use the Internet for learning mathematics.

 

Six categories of opportunities afforded by Internet access are identified below. For each category, a brief rationale is provided and then a few examples of websites that have some relevance to the category are linked. The examples are chosen to suggest possibilities for individual student access, possibly from home or at school; some of the sites offer advice for teachers and parents as well, but the focus of the present activity is mostly students themselves.

 

Of course, no claim is made that these are the best examples available, and they are certainly not the only ones available. However, they have been chosen to illustrate the rationale and to provoke a conversation about whether or not accessing such a site is likely to be a good use of student time and school or family resources from the perspective of learning mathematics.

 

A professional discussion of this framework is available here.

 

Workshop instructions:

 

1. Work with a partner, so that you can compare your reactions to others. You may do this with a computer each, or use one computer between two people

 

2. Select a category from the six below by clicking on it

 

3. Read the rationale offered to get a quick sense of the main idea

 

4. Examine some of the examples offered (especially those with which you are not yet familiar) at the school levels of your interest. Read the description before you start, for efficient browsing. There will not be time to thoroughly examine all resources; the idea is to get an impression of the possibilities created by web access.

 

5. Return to this page using the Back buttons on your Browser and select another category. Repeat steps 3 and 4.

 

 

 

Interactive opportunity

 

Reading interesting materials

 

 

 

Reference material

 

 

 

 

Communication with others

 

 

 

 

Problem solving

 

 

WebQuests

 

Feedback or comments on any of this are of course welcome.