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





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