Part 2: Math and Project Based Learning… 22 Amazing Resources


Welcome this second of a  four part series intended to provide Math teachers with some outstanding PBL resources. Hope uou enjoyed Part One.  First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS.  As always,  I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

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When facilitating Project Based Learning (PBL) workshops across the country I often have math teachers eagerly ask for additional math PBL resources. They want material that might provide a further  idea, a scaffolding lesson, footprint, or even an entire plan for a PBL unit. In meeting these teachers’ needs I have spent hours in research. I am pleased to share with you these twenty-twp sites that I am certain can help facilitate Math PBL.  Of course I have many things I would like to discuss in regards to Math and PBL… but I will save that for a future post. I hope you enjoy these twenty-two resources that are a part of this four part series. Is there something that should be added? Let me know! Please return, share, and provide a retweet.

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Part 2: Math and Project Based Learning… 20 Amazing Resources 

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CIMS Industrial Mathematics Projects For High School Students – The WPI Industrial Mathematics Project for High School Students developed over twenty industrial mathematics projects for high school students. Best of all these were drawn from a variety of real-world situations. These engaging projects are available for every level of high school mathematics, from Algebra to Calculus and Statistics. The length and scope of these projects is very flexible.  Each project contains enough material for a major, semester-long endeavor, but its component parts can be used in a shorter project of for scaffolding activities. Explore the project database which contains downloadable versions of each of the projects, ready to be assigned to students.

TEDed Math – The TED-Ed commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, one can find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. This link brings you to some amazing Math lessons that can be used for a footprint of a PBL Unit of a scaffold activity.

Mathematical Moments – Authenticity is important in Math PBL. It seems that Math educators are always looking for ways they can show how math is used in the world around us. Discover a site that will help you achieve this goal of real world application. The site is cleverly titled Mathematical Moments and it is well worth the time! It contains free printable posters that are 8.5″ x 11″ PDF documents. These informational posters are available on many different topics in science, nature, technology, and human culture. As you take a closer look many of these posters note that many have a  link to some short feature podcast interviews with experts in the field. These posters and podcast could spark the idea for a PBL math unit that brings authenticity into your math teaching.

The PBL Academy – The PBL Academy at Indiana University provides outstanding project based learning instruction, structure, and on-going support for K-12 educators.  The provided link focuses on the numerous Math Projects hosted at the Academy. You will find them in the Math Matters Area. Each project is developed by participating teachers. Along with the elements of PBL, each project must also address an actual local ‘need’ which may include an on-going business process or an enhancement of a municipal program, etc. Of course these ideas can be adopted and assimilated into just about any community. When landing on the site you can sign up or log in as a guest.

Real World Math – This site contains a collection of free math activities for Google Earth designed for students and educators. There are some outstanding connections to PBL! As you know, mathematics is much more than a set of problems in a textbook.  Students will find that in the virtual world of Google Earth, concepts and challenges can be presented in a meaningful way. While this link will take you to the PBL section be sure to explore other areas of the site that can be used as you scaffold existing PBL units.

Next Post… Part Three, as we continue our PBL Math journey. Sign up now!

Thanks for joining me on this wonderful journey of 21st century resources and please feel free to attend what will be an awesome webinar . Join me in future weeks as together we continue to explore several more posts devoted to the Flipped Classrooms, Project Based Learning, Assessing 21st century skills, technology integration, web resources, and digital literacy.  I enjoy learning from all of you. Also remember to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and follow me on twitter at mjgormans. I also appreciate your sharing of this post and any retweets. Keep up the amazing work,  have a great week, and enjoy the resources! – Mike Gorman

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Dates are going fast, with time up to and including December just about filled,  but i am  taking 2014 dates


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10 responses to “Part 2: Math and Project Based Learning… 22 Amazing Resources

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  2. Hey Mr. Gorman, I’m Jake Dukea and I am a junior at the University of South Alabama and I am currently in the class EDM310, which is a micro-computering systems class that everyone has to take before becoming a teacher. It teachers you a lot of things in this class but mostly how to use technology as you become a teacher and how you can use it in your classroom.I enjoyed reading your blog and I checked out some of the links that you had in your post. I found them quite helpful and useful with math and technology in one. I think PBL is a great thing to use in math and in a classroom it makes it fun to do projects .

    • Hi Jake… Great to hear from you and I am so glad you are enjoying the resources. You will find that PBL helps give students the authentic look at math that is so necessary for understanding. The technology allows us to amplify the experience in so many ways. I am so happy that you are investigating needed transformation in education during your undergrad years. I wish you the best as you continue your journey. I am sure many students will someday benefit from your investigations and passion for education!… Mike

  3. Great list, I definitely need to add some of these to my “Math Toolbox”. I’ve also been using another free online math resource which other teachers may find useful. It’s called ExamTime and it allows you to add maehmatical symbols and equations to flashcards, quizzes & notes. You will find it here:

  4. Pingback: Technological Resources for Mathematics Classrooms | amandarubiosmath

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