Web Quest Resources

Introduction

Below are links to teacher organizations and several texts with comments that relate teaching to technology.

Organizations

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE, http://www.iste.org). Responsible for the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). Published Web 2.0: New tools, New Schools (1).
National Council of Math Teachers (NCTM, http://www.nctm.org). "Voice of math teachers." Establishes standards, has many lessons and resources (thousands of problems), and on-line activities (http://illuminations.nctm.org). More resources are available to members.

Texts

Comments from Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching (2):
There are two very established theoretical teaching pedagogies:
Objectivist: "Knowledge has a separate, real existence of its own outside of the human mind" (p.35). Characterized by drill and practice and self-paced instruction (p.45).
Constructivist: "Humans control all knowledge in their minds by participating in certain experiences" (p.35). Characterized by creative problem solving, mental models, and group work (p.45).
Technology is required for either pedagogy: "Technology oriented teachers must learn to combine both approaches" (p.43).
Technology works best when there is system wide vision and an ongoing technology plan (p.62). Adequate technical assistance is essential (p.66).
Comment from Web 2.0 New tools, New Schools (1):
Web 2.0 is an invented term that refers to new and emerging Web-based tools (p.13). These tools “not only find and read information, but also create and share their own in real time” (p.13). The tools are often free and include wikis and blogs.
Using Technology in the Classroom (3):
Many useful site references including specific teacher sites. It covers all disciplines. It has simple techniques using Word, Excel, and Inspiration among others.

References:
[1] Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools, 2007. G. Solomon, L. Schram. International Society for
Technology in Education. ISBN: 978-1-56484-234-3.
[2] Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching, 5th ed., 2010. M. Roblyer, A. Doering. Allyn &
Bacon. ISBN: 978-0-13-61037-6.
[3] Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, 2007. H. Pitler, et al. Assoc. for
Supervision and Curriculum Development. ISBN: 978-1-4166-0570-6.

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Math640 Summer 2009 Site

http://mth640su09.providence.wikispaces.net/ go to the Home page and click on the links

Math709, 2010 Web Quests

Each student in Mr. Ford’s MTH709 class did a web quest paper. Below are links with the topics.
C. Armour NECAP Assessment
J. Cook International Math Instruction
D. Desai Several topics
E. Gartner Free Mathematical Worksheets
A. Mansolillo Composition of Functions
K. McNamara Several topics
C. Ricci Smart Board
E. Sica Geometry and Algebra I
J. Skelly Several topics
T. Soucar Calculus (primarily)
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Classroom Tools

Math tools

http://illuminations.nctm.org/ National Council of Math Teachers (NCTM)
http://www.figurethis.org/index.html try: “Math Index” created by NCTM in ‘04
http://www.shodor.org/ read “About Us” and try “Activities and Lessons”
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ wide range of games (grade school to college)
http://nlvm.usu.edu/ National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (Utah State)
http://enlvm.usu.edu/ma/nav/doc/intro.jsp try “explore” and on-line tutorials. Register/create class from existing mathlets
http://mathforum.org/ sponsored by Drexel University - has the “Problem of the Week” (POW) - not free
http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ evaluation of many math tools including free ones
http://www.calculus.org/ calculus tools including on-line interactive ones
http://www.math.com/ many links, some dated, has wide range from middle school to college
http://education.ti.com/educationportal/ Texas Instruments – activities based on their calculators
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ from Mathematica: comprehensive explanations, how to cite them
http://www.mathway.com/ student help on-line tools of all levels
http://www.freemathhelp.com/equation-solver.php student help on-line tools
http://www.mathsnet.net/ huge site from the UK
http://www.mmlsoft.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9&Itemid=10 “Formulator” math tool kit, site has other free tools and some commercial products.
http://www.mathrealm.com not free, many products, trial downloads
http://www.education-world.com/ general teacher’s site – most tools are not free
http://www.educationworld.com/math/ math section
http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/ try “Graph”
http://www.cut-the-knot.org/ has many games and puzzles; try the links to other sites
http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/ animated dictionary (elem. and middle school)
http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/java/default.php Univ. of Illinois (slightly dated)
http://www.ies.co.jp/math/java/index.html Manipula Math with Java (Japan, slightly dated)
http://www.edhelper.com/ create worksheets etc. – not free
http://www.aaastudy.com/ K – 8, some on-line tools, some not free
http://www.explorelearning.com 30-day free trial, math and science, very professional, grades 3 and up
http://www.brainpop.com subscription based, free trial, free demo - uses short clips - many subjects
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/archive/int_phys.html Nova’s physics and math
http://www.carnegielearning.com/products.cfm not free – uses computer for collaborative learning
http://www.polarhusky.com “Go North!” ­web based – science, social studies, etc., some math
http://www.superkids.com/ math worksheets and logic games
http://www.vectorkids.com/ math games for young folks
http://www.mathsisfun.com/ specialized calculators and explanations
http://www.rpi.edu/~eglash/csdt.html math designs implicit in various cultures
http://www.mhschool.com/math/mathtoolchest/mtc_online/ on-line tools from McGraw Hill
http://www.online-utility.org/math/index.jsp various specialized on-line calculators – has ads
http://www.inspiration.com/InspireData InspireData middle school statistics software, will do demo in class
http://www.emathlearning.com/default.asp Learning math using a PC, not free
http://www.ciconline.org/windward Cable in the Classroom – games using high speed internet
http://www.neirtec.org/activities/math_portal.htm NE and Islands Regional Technology, many links
http://jmathpage.com/ page of good links
http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/tools/math.html Jefferson County, TN math links
http://kentuckymathematics.org/resources/tools.asp Links from the Kentucky Center for Mathematics
http://www.trumbull.k12.oh.us/teachers/resources/Mathkids.htm Trumbull Count links page – many links.
http://mathematicslearning.blogspot.com Rash Kath’s personal page – links to online math tools

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Videos, Science/Math sites

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JHEqBLG650 Carl Sagan’s demo of Eratosthenes earth’s diameter
http://www.pbs.org/kcet/wiredscience/story/42-origami_master_robert_lang.html Robert Lang’s origami
http://neic.usgs.gov earthquake data
http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm has a few free resources
http://www.archive.org PBS archive
http://www.jasonproject.org started by Dr. Ballard, co-operative web education, grades 5-8
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/index.html NASA’s education site
http://www.stellarium.org planetarium, free
http://www.smogcity.com learn about environmental interdependencies
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig how wind, etc. affect big buildings
http://www.meted.ucar.edu/comm_k12.htm Meteorological education site
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/index.html Challenges from NASA, has Line Up with Math
http://smartskies.nasa.gov/ air traffic control and other science project


Collaborative Tools and Projects

http://www.diigo.com/ shared collaboration and bookmarks, free special sites for teachers
http://www.epals.com tool to link to students at other schools
http://www.epals.com/projects/info.aspx?DivID=index lists current collaborative projects
http://www.globalschoolnet.org/index.cfm find/create collaborative projects, since 1984
http://www.globe.gov global science collaborative projects (NETS)
http://www.youth.net/#K-12 Collaborative projects including Eratosthenes’ Diameter of Earth
http://notestar.4teachers.org collaborative note taking and other services
http://thinktank.4teachers.org/ help students develop research project (grades 3-8) works with notestar
http://docs.google.com share documents on-line
http://www.wtps.org/wths/imc/professionaldevelopment/Quickpicks/online_collaborative_projects.htm#iq links to collaborative projects from many disciplines (Washington Township, NJ) – page is quirky
http://mathforum.org/workshops/sum96/data.collections/datalibrary/lesson.ideas.html math forum collaborative projects including Eratosthenes’ Earth Diameter. Last updated 2008.

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Teacher Tools

Rubric generators/guidelines

http://webquest.sdsu.edu/rubrics/weblessons.htm discuss, generate rubrics for web lessons
http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php create rubrics
http://www.landmark-project.com/rubric_builder/index.php requires account - has “collaborative toolkit”
http://www.teach-nology.com free samples, membership required to create
http://www.nwrel.org/math/ rubrics are called “Scoring Guides” – search for them
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/rubrics.shtml rubrics of all kinds including Math and NCTM Math Standards
http://www.rcampus.com/rubricshellc.cfm?mode=gallery&sms=publicrub&sid=21&srcgoogle&gclid=CPLc94yhmKICFcl25Qod0DgCWw free math rubrics
http://www.rubrician.com/math.htm free math rubrics
http://www.exemplars.com/ rubrics, etc. aligned with national and state standards
http://www.exemplars.com/resources/rubrics/classic.html a classic rubric
http://math.about.com/od/mathrubrics/Math_Rubrics.htm has a few HS rubrics


Test/Worksheet generators

http://www.einstruction.com/products/content/learningseries/index.html not free – test makers, clickers, etc.
http://testshop.com has free trial
http://www.easytestmaker.com/ free, have to register
http://www.helpingwithmath.com/tests/tes_printable_tests.htm links to NAEP free test generator
http://www.rbechtold.com/math4.html free test generator (dated?)
http://www.homeschoolmath.net/worksheets/ free math worksheets
http://www.kutasoftware.com/ some free worksheets, trial download
http://www.mathkalusa.com/index.html has free worksheets, designed for home schooling
http://themathworksheetsite.com/ has free samples
http://www.mytestbook.com/Default.aspx free, can create tests
http://www.freemathtest.com/ free with links to other free sites
http://www.freemathworksheets.net/ free worksheets and puzzles
http://www.mathteachertools.com/ free algebra worksheet creator


Puzzle generators and similar sites

http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/ puzzle maker and other tools, not free, free demo
http://www.teach-nology.com worksheets and rubrics free, but for fee have access to more
http://edhelper.com/crossword_free.htm create free puzzles (Sudoku, etc.)
http://www.php-editors.com/games/math-puzzle/ specialized arithmetic puzzles generated at site
http://www.math.com/students/puzzles/puzzleapps.html some games with a maze generator
http://www.mathpuzzle.com/ affiliated with Mathematica, has links to many puzzles, not a generator
http://www.toolsforeducators.com/ free maze maker

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Survey tools

http://www.surveymonkey.com/ basic service is free.
http://www.pollcat.com/ pollcatlite is free – slightly dated
http://www.vovici.com/products/index.aspx not free
http://www.profilerpro.com/ free but requires an account, designed for education
http://zohopolls.com free
http://www.zoomerang.com/ free on-line survey, fee version has more features
http://www.surveygizmo.com/ on-line survey, free accounts for non-profits
http://polldaddy.com/ has basic free version


Wiki hosts

http://editthis.info/wiki/wiki_hosting_comparison_guide
wiki host comparison, collected from Wikipedia (Dec. ’09)
http://www.wikispaces.com used by Providence College, free version has ads
http://pbwiki.com peanut butter, basic is free
http://www.wikidot.com/ free for educators
http://wikkii.com/wiki/Free_Wiki_Hosting free, uses Wikipedia’s editing engine


Blog hosts

http://www.adrianbruce.com/blogging/blog_hosting/blog_hosting.htm analysis of blog hosts for teachers
http://www.edublogs.org/ free blog host for teachers
http://www.classblogmeister.com/ blogs designed for education – control of class access etc.
http://www.blogger.com free, part of Google
http://www.gaggle.net has free, safe student e-mail controlled by teacher (free version has ads)
http://wordpress.com/ free basic blog host


Sample Teacher blogs

http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/MathsP/mathsweb/ list of math teacher blogs/websites
http://theedublogger.edublogs.org/check-out-these-class-blogs/#Maths example blogs from Edublogs
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3752562 top 20 teacher blogs
http://www.teachingtips.com/blog/2008/06/30/50-must-read-up-and-coming-blogs-by-teachers/ 50 must read teacher blogs
http://www.mrlsmath.com/ Bill Lombard’s site of math ideas (more than a blog)
http://www.tttpress.com/ companion site for his books
http://mathematicslearning.blogspot.com Rash Kath’s personal page – has links to online math tools
http://mathteachermambo.blogspot.com/ sample math blog
http://misterteacher.blogspot.com/ sample math blog
http://teacherlingo.com/ educational community to connect teachers, has links to blogs

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Copyrights tools:

http://creativecommons.org/about/ copyright alternative
http://www.teachingcopyright.org/ Guidelines / curriculum for teaching copyrights from Electronic Frontier
Foundation


Web sites with standards

http://edstandards.org/Standards.html federal/state standards (RI is hacked)
http://www.ccsso.org/projects/State_Education_Indicators/Key_State_Education_Policies/3160.cfm federal/state standards (RI is hacked)
http://www.ride.ri.gov/instruction/stand_frameworks_default.aspx RI standards
http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html Mass standards


Product awards and reviews

http://www.computedgazette.com EDDIE (software awards for educational software)
http://www.techlearning.com December issues have best software and hardware - has product reviews.
http://www.superkids.com has product reviews


General Education sites, on-line teaching

http://www.pbs.org/teachers PBS education site
http://www.thinkquest.org/en/ Oracle’s Education Foundation
http://www.educationoasis.com teacher resources and links to many sites
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/north_america/jan-june10/khan_02-22.html Salman Khan teaches on-line http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=khan+academy&aq=0 Salman Khan's You Tube site

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