Part 5 … Math and Project Based Learning… 27 Amazing Resources


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Welcome this fifth in what was suppose to be a  four part series intended to provide Math teachers with some outstanding PBL resources.  Why more resources? It is because of your tremendous response. 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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In writing this encore post I just wanted to share with all of you how much I have appreciated your feedback. For that reason I have a few more amazing websites that bring math and the PBL world together.  I hope these resources just might provide a further  idea, a scaffolding lesson, footprint, or even an entire plan for a PBL unit.  I am pleased to share with you these twenty-seven 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-seven resources that are a part of what is now a  five part series. Is there something that should be added? Let me know!  Keep those ideas coming in and start getting ready for a possible Science and PBL.  Do you have a resources? Please return, share, and provide a retweet.

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Part 5: Math and Project Based Learning… 27 Amazing Resources 

Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech.wordpress.com)

Math and Sports – What an amazing website from Cambridge University! These free online mathematical resources explore math and science through sports. These resources include activities designed to develop problem-solving and mathematical reasoning skills for students aged 5 to 18. You will also find  articles aimed at older students. Also, be sure to visit  video maths challenges which is produced with input from Cambridge by BBC Two Learning Zone. Another must visit site includes activities on Maths and Football (European style). It is possible to discover articles and activities that are arranged by Key Stage. The site also allows the user to access  tabs at the top of the page, or view content by sport or topic.

Plus Magazine – That is right… it is a magazine. Another plus… it is free. Most important it is all about the world of Math. This is a wonderful resource that will bring the authentic world of math to your students. Stories and activities can be a scaffold in a PBL Unit or possibly the catalyst for an entire project. This is one that I could have spent an entire post on. In fact read their own quote!

“Plus is an internet magazine which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics. A lot of people don’t have a very clear idea what “real” maths consists of, and often they don’t realize how many things they take for granted only work because of a generous helping of it. Apparently, some people even have the idea that it’s boring! Weird. Anyway, we hope that even if you’re such a person now, you won’t be after looking through one or two issues of Plus, and that you’ll come back and read future issues as they come out.”

You will find that Plus provides articles and podcasts many areas of mathematics. These topics include but are not limited to art, medicine, cosmology and sport. Be sure to visit the  news section, showing how recent news stories were often based on some underlying piece of math. You can also check out  reviews of popular maths books, and puzzles that will help  to sharpen your students, and your wit. There is also a regular interview with someone in a maths-related career. In these interviews students are  shown the wide range of uses of math  in the real world. Listen to a podcast that will open up real world math or read one of the new Ebooks! Last, for those  real PBL enthusiasts you just might discover the basis for an entire unit in the area called packages. In fact, you will find this online magazine to be a wonderful collection of packages just waiting for you and your students to open.

NRICH – The slogan of this site is “Enriching Mathematics” As one tours the site it is evident that math can be rich! The aim of NRICH is to focus on the problem solving aspect of math. In the PBL world this could be construed as PrBL (Problem Based Learning). This difference can be discussed in a future article. In short… PrBL is shorter and may not contain all of the 8 elements of PBL. It can be turned into a full PBL or could be a scaffolding piece in a PBL.  The belief of teaching Math using problem solving and inquiry is stated by NRICH in the following:

  • Our activities can provoke mathematical thinking.
  • Students can learn by exploring, noticing and discussing.
  • This can lead to conjecturing, explaining, generalizing, convincing and proof.
  • In a classroom, the students’ role is to focus on the mathematics while the teacher focuses on the learners.
  • The teacher should aim to do for students only what they cannot yet do for themselves.

It is especially exciting to see that last statement, allowing students to own their learning. All of the materials is built into age appropriate categories. It is certain that exploration at NRICH will lead on a path to some wonderful math richness! Enjoy the journey to a real home of rich mathematics.

BBC Bitesize Math – OK… this may not have full scale PBL in its design, but there are some amazing scaffolding activities that will  fit into a PBL unit. Add in the opportunity for some formative assessment, and you have an outstanding math site for educators. Explore this provided content:

  • Algebra: Formula  and equations, inequalities, graphs, quadratic equations, sequence
  • Statistics and probability: Collecting data, averages, representing data, probability
  • Number: Number, fractions, decimals and ratios, factors, powers and roots
  • Geometry and measures: Shapes, coordinates, transformations and vectors, calculating lengths, areas and angles, measurements

Please note that you will find activities for all age groups. Perhaps you wish to start at the Activity Page. You are sure to find some great Math resources and be sure to incorporate them as part of your Project Based Learning in Math!

Mathematics, Learning, and Web 2.0 – You may not have noticed but the last four resources have come from the UK. I really don’t want to switch countries or continents so I will conclude this post with an amazing Math Blog from the UK; “Mathematics, Learning, and Web 2.0” is written by Colleen Young. Her posts provide thoughts and ideas in a very math practical manner. It is a wonderful blog that will allow any math teacher to dream up a new PBL, or scaffold an activity inside an existing project!. Not only that… it is just wonderful reading… so enjoy!

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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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4 responses to “Part 5 … Math and Project Based Learning… 27 Amazing Resources

  1. Great article and references to lot of good resources.

  2. Thanks for this list of resources! I’m going to pass it along to all our math teachers!

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