Part 3: Math and Project Based Learning… 22 Amazing Resources


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Welcome this third of a  four part series intended to provide Math teachers with some outstanding PBL resources.  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 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 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.

Part 3: Math and Project Based Learning… 20 Amazing Resources 

Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech.wordpress.com)

Intel PBL – Intel stresses that PBL puts assessment and content standards at the forefront of learning. It is with projects that students can be engaged in authentic work and develop 21st- century skills of collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking. A well-designed, project-based curriculum can yield high quality results for students and a rewarding experience for teachers. The provided link opens the door to some great Math projects from Intel.

Exploring Space Through Math – This amazing NASA site promotes inquiry through real world applications. Students assume the role of NASA scientists, engineers and researchers who work in teams to accomplish tasks. These projects promote cooperative learning, problem-solving and the use of technology. The problems in this project follow the 5-E’s Instructional Model with a segment for each phase of instruction – Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend and Evaluate. The projects cover the scope of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Precalculus.

Curriki Algebra – This is an Open Education Resource (OER) Algebra course that consists of five units aligned to the Common Core. Each of the units culminates in a project that utilizes mastery of conceptual understanding taught in the individual lessons. These units include:

  • Unit 1: Relationships between Quantities and Reasoning with Equations
  • Unit 2: Linear and Exponential Relationships
  • Unit 3: Descriptive Statistics
  • Unit 4: Expressions and Equations
  • Unit 5: Quadratic Functions and Modeling

Teach 21 – This resource rich site was designed by teachers to assist colleagues in planning and delivering effective 21st century instruction in West Virginia. While it enables educators to quickly access 21st Century Content Standards, Learning Skills and Technology Tools for WV Schools the provided link indexes the Math PBL projects for grades 3 -12. There are over 50 potential projects to explore!

Annenberg Learner Math Lessons – Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. The math lessons could be a footprint to a PBL unit or scaffolding for an entire PBL. While at the site… take a look at the interactives.

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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  1. Full disclosure, My name is Janet Pinto and I am the CAO at Curriki.

    Curriki Geometry is now available too! Curriki has recently released a series of six PBL geometry projects that could make geometry interesting and fun for high school students.

    Curriki’s new geometry course features six PBL projects. Each of the projects is aligned to Common Core Standards. The course is not a self-directed course for students. The course is designed to be taught by mathematics teachers who want to incorporate PBL. The projects in the course can be used in sequence or used as stand-alone units. All materials needed for leading the projects are included available on the Curriki site. You will have to create an account and sign-in in order to access the materials. Curriki accounts are free.

    • Janet… I had just investigated this new addition to an already great host of resources that Curriki has. I am so excited to take a look and have it as a a resource I will be addressing in the next few weeks. Thanks for the awesome work that all of you do at at Curriki!… Mike

  2. Another great tool is ExamTime as it allows you to insert mathematical symbols and equations into Flashcards, Quizzes & Notes. Here’s more info:

    https://www.examtime.com/blog/entering-maths-symbols-and-equations-with-latex/

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