- The FASTT Math Intervention program – also Tom Snyder. It’s for learning/reinforcing basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
- Read: Research Evidence for FASTT
- Dimension M (http://www.tabuladigita.com/). It’s for algebra and in an online game format. The website has demos if your teachers would like to try it out and see what they think. Inspiration is not math software, but it can be used in a lot of ways to help with math concepts, and it is useful for any subject area and grade level. They also have a 30 day trial if teachers would like to test it out.
- InspireData, also with a free trial, data analysis from Tom Snyder
- Read: The Research Basis for Graphing and Data Analysis to Support Instruction in K-8
- GeoGebra, free dynamic geometry software
- Read: Several articles on using GeoGebra available on their website
- MA and Pa Kettle Doing Math
- Abbott and Costello Doing Math
- Teacher Tube Math Channel – Teacher Tube’s math channel includes a variety of videos created by math teachers. A highlight is Mrs. Burk’s raps about different math topics.
Using MS Word to Support Math
MS Word 2007
- Charts and graphs in Word 07
- Drawing in Word 07
- Super, sub, symbols in Word 07
- Tables in Word 07
- Templates in Word 07
- Equation Editor in Word 07
MS Word 2003
- Drawing tool in Word 2003
- Equation Editor in Word 2003
- Subscripts, superscripts, and symbols in Word 2003
- Tables in Word 2003
- Templates in Word 2003
There are many websites that offer math applets that can be used to support conceptual understanding. Here are a few of the larger and more established websites.
Math Tools is a web-based” community library of technology tools, lessons, activities, and support materials for teaching and learning mathematics.” The resources are cataloged by grade and topic, making it easy to find one that will fit with what you are teaching. Membership is free, and members add resources to the database and rate them.
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a library of web-based interactive virtual manipulatives for elementary and middle school students. The virtual manipulatives are searchable by topic and grade level and include activities that students can complete with them.
Illuminations, developed through a partnership between the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and MarcoPolo, includes interactive tools that support exploration of math concepts categorized by grade level and linked to the NCTM standards. Also available are printable lessons that can be sorted by standard and by grade level. Illuminations is a part of the Verizion Thinkfinity program.
Interactivate is developed and maintained by Shodor Educational Foundation. It includes over 150 interactive tools and activities, categorized by topic, that allow students to explore mathematics. All include explanations of how to use them in teaching and why the activity is useful.
Developed by Alberta Education, Junior High Math Interactives provides both videos and interactive activities on a host of mathematics topics for 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.
Founded in 1999, BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that supports educators and engages students. Limited free trial
Center for innovation in Engineering & Science Education (CIESE Math Activities) A place to find Decimal and Fraction Darts.
A Maths Dictionary for Kids by Jenny Eather – An animated, interactive dictionary for students which explains over 500 mathematical terms in simple language.
Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Beginning Algebra to Calculus – An interactive math dictionary with enough math words, math terms, math formulas, pictures, diagrams, tables, and examples to satisfy your inner math geek. Good for older students/higher grades.
Harcourt School Publishers Multimedia Math Glossary – A multimedia math glossary for grades K-6.
Interactive Mathematics Dictionary – A dictionary designed for middle school students that provides a description, related terms, everyday examples, and an interactive checkpoint for each word.Supports for Written Math
Supports for Written Math
FX MathPack – The FX MathPack from Efofex includes tools that allow teachers and students to create drawings, symbols, graphs, and equations in mathematics. A thirty day free trial is available, and Efofex provides their products free of charge to students with special needs
MathType – (Description from CITEd Tech Matrix) MathType has three important accessibility capabilities. First of all, MathType can be used as an add-on to Microsoft Word to enable students with hand writing or mobility issues to create math equations with a computer, either via the keyboard, mouse, or with a variety of adaptive mouse tools. Secondly, MathType can be used to create accessible math content via MathType’s MathPage function. The resulting web document can then be read with any MathML-enabled screen reader or assistive technology application. Thirdly, MathType can be used to produce math braille when used with supported braille translation software like Duxbury Braille Translator or the ViewPlus Tiger Software Suite.
Tech Matrix – The Tech Matrix, developed by the Center on Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) and the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), is a searchable database designed for finding educational and assistive technology products for students with special needs. Math is a primary area of the database
Other Cool Sites
Cut the Knot: Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles – This site is for teachers, parents and students who seek engaging mathematics. Many of the topics are accompanied by Java illustrations. There are more than 900 Java applets. The applets can be licensed by teachers for inclusion in their own pages.
Cyberchase – Produced by PBSkids, Cyberchase is a mathematics television series for children. Designed for kids ages 8 to 12 and packed with mystery, humor, and action, each episode delivers positive messages about math by teaching concepts in a fun way that kids can understand. Each episode is connected to a core standard from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). A website includes math web games and print activities based on the series.
Below is a selection of various math tools highlighted on the QIAT (Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology) listserv.
- Big Calculator (Win) . free basic calculator that can be adjusted for really big buttons
- Metacalc (Internet) . free basic calculator that can be adjusted for large buttons.
- KoalaCalc (MacOSX) . free simple and scientific mode calculator
- Calc Thingy (MacOSX) . simple interface but fairly powerful calculator
- MoffSoft FreeCalc (Win) . great basic calculator with adjustable size and color schemes along with a simulated paper tape display
Free Graph Paper
- GraphTablet (Win) – free program for creating custom graph paper
- Free Online Graph Paper – free online PDFs of various graph papers. includes an online generator so you can create customized graph paper and print it out
Math Problem Solvers
- WebMath – online tool that helps students solve math problems, showing step-by-step solutions. general math through calculus
- Algebra Help – online tool that helps students solve math problems. can be read aloud by screen readers
- Microsoft Math (Win) – all-in-one math homework solution. solve equations, graph functions, use a fully-functional graphing calculator, solve triangles, and convert standard units
- Efofex Software EmPower Program – Free Math Software for students with Special Needs
- How to Write text descriptions of math images