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Math and Project Based Learning: 22 Amazing Resources - Part 4

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November 17, 2013 By: Michael Gorman

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I thought this was the last post in this series… little did I know I would find more. Get ready for Post Number Five. I hope  these math resources provide you 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-two site… plus more in the next post 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 (plus more) that are a part of this four (now five) part series. Is there something that should be added? Let me know! By the way after this next post… I have a brand new PBL Math resource that I am really excited to share.   Please return, share, and provide a retweet.

Part 4: Math and Project Based Learning… 22 Amazing Resources 

Michael Gorman (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

MIT Blossoms – All of the lessons in the MIT Blossoms library have been contributed by BLOSSOMS partners from around the world. There is a watch the Teacher’s Guide Video Segment included with each lesson to learn more about it. The final segment of each BLOSSOMS video lesson is a one-on-one conversation between the teacher and the “virtual teacher.” Best of all, these lessons can be part of a PBL unit. The provided link brings you to the Math (English Language) Section.

Figure This - This wonderful site is the work of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, in cooperation with the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Widmeyer Communications, and the Learning First Alliance.  Its mission is to challenge middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. While it was created to allow for family interaction, it is also figures into the Math PBL classroom. The site allows students to have the opportunity to face some every day real life math challenges. These challenges feature:

  • Descriptions of the important math involved
  • Notes on where the math is used in the real world
  • Hints on how to get started
  • Complete solutions to the challenge
  • A “Try This” section for formative learning
  • Some additional related problems with answers
  • An assortment of questions to think about with each challenge
  • Really fun facts related to the math
  • A database of resources for further exploration.

Suffolk Math – This is an amazing site from the United Kingdom. This site was established  in 2004 with the aim of providing up to date resources and documents to support the high quality teaching of Mathematics. The link will lead you to an area of the site rich with PBL ideas and scaffolding activities. This really is a wonderful resource from across the water!

Mathalicious – While this is a paid site you will find several free projects on the homepage. Perhaps you will find that the paid lessons are really well worth it!  This site does demonstrate that math is about more than just numbers and equations. Students find that math is a tool to explore the world around us. Mathalicious provides teachers with lessons that help them teach math in a way that engages their students–in a way that helps students understand how the world works. Lessons are aligned to Common Core Standards and explore real life questions.

Get The Math –  An amazing site that combines video and web interactivity to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems. Lessons can be made that draw on conventions of popular reality TV shows. The video segments begin with profiles of young professionals, who then pose challenges connected to their jobs to two teams of teens. Students are encouraged to try the challenges themselves using interactive tools provided on the Get the Math website. This can be the start of some PBL of PrBl.  After their best attempt, students return to the video to see the teams’ solutions.  To expand learning, students can further explore the same, as well as extended algebraic concepts through additional interactive challenges on the website.

cross-posted at 21centuryedtech.wordpress.com

Michael Gorman oversees one-to-one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He is a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning and is on the National Faculty for The Buck Institute for Education.  His awards include district Teacher of the Year, Indiana STEM Educator of the Year and Microsoft’s 365 Global Education Hero. Read more at 21centuryedtech.wordpress.com.

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