Polyup is a free and open platform that allows students to experiment with numbers and functions. A Poly Machine is an activity on Polyup, consisting of a handful of puzzles that explore some mathematical or computational topic.
Welcome to Crash Course Statistics! In this series we\'re going to take a look at the important role statistics play in our everyday lives, because statistics are everywhere! Statistics help us better understand the world and make decisions from what you\'ll wear tomorrow to government policy. But in the wrong hands, statistics can be used to misinform. So we\'re going to try to do two things in this series. Help show you the usefulness of statistics, but also help you become a more informed consumer of statistics. From probabilities, paradoxes, and p-values there\'s a lot to cover in this series, and there will be some math, but we promise only when it\'s most important. But first, we should talk about what statistics actually are, and what we can do with them. Statistics are tools, but they can\'t give us all the answers.
(this description is from the Brainpop website)
BrainPOP is a pioneering developer of engaging, animated content that motivates and inspires children to learn.
Hosted by the irresistible duo of an expressive orange robot named Moby and his teen companion Tim, BrainPOP movies cover everything from the Underground Railroad to the atomic model to Shakespeare. Enrichment materials like interactive quizzes, experiments and creative activities supplement each one. Topics – aligned with national education standards and searchable by state standards – are grouped within the subjects of Science, Math, English, Social Studies, Health, Technology and Arts & Music. Our ever-expanding library currently consists of more than 650 movies for grades 3-12. All movies are closed-captioned and many are also available in Spanish at es.brainpop.com.
In 2006, BrainPOP launched BrainPOP Jr. (www.brainpopjr.com) for students in grades K-3. Co-starring Moby and his pleasantly precocious friend Annie, BrainPOP Jr. movies explain topics in a grade-appropriate manner. Each is bolstered by features such as educational games, quizzes, reading recommendations and interactive writing prompts. All text is read aloud, enabling even early learners to explore and navigate the site.
I discovered some really clear and well-structured math videos on the Khan Academy website - they are semi-animated and arranged very thoughtfully according to concept. These would make a great instructional support either as a whole group experience or individually.
This website's initiative is to provide guidance to all invested parties in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in grades K-8. The website intends to create sets of tasks that, when taken together, illustrate a particular standard. Eventually, the goal is to have sets of tasks for each standard that: 1) Illuminate the central meaning of the standard and also show connections with other standards, 2) Clarify what is familiar about the standard and what is new with the Common Core, 3) Include both teaching and assessment tasks and 4) Reflect the full range of difficulty expected.
According to TechedUpTeacher, "Newsela is a site that not only takes current events and aligns them with common core, but also allows you to increase or decrease the difficulty of the article. If that wasn’t enough, they have quick quizzes your students can take while they read!"
ScootPad is a great resource. I like it because educators can set a grade level for the student and add specific assignments for each student. Parents can also log in and give "homework" to students allowing for parents and teachers to be on the same page. ScootPad offers a limited free service but even purchasing a subscription is very affordable (around $100 per year for an entire classroom). Kids get immediate feedback on their answers which can be a good or bad feature. It's nice that students can see how they have done but if they have any sort of math anxiety, having their wrong answers highlighted in red can be a bit frustrating. Overall, this program is user-friendly and a great educational value.