So, when Donna Fry gives an order, I do it!
The OAME (Ontario Association for Mathematics Education) has assembled a fabulous collection of mathematics resources that they’re calling mathies.ca. It’s a really handy collection or games, tools, activities, and support pages for students and parents.
With all that’s assembled here, this should be the one stop resource for Ontario students and parents looking to bring mathematics into the home learning space. If you’ve been a user of the CLIPS resources, you’ll recognize quite a few of the activities. Heck, there may even be a few that you don’t recognize. As a former OSAPAC Committee member, it was terrific to see links to The Geometer’s Sketchpad and Gizmos. Some of these resources aren’t immediately usable as they’ll require a login / password to access since they are Ministry of Education licensed but instructions about how to get access to the codes are provided.
Some of the links let you download the software to work with locally. Others run directly from the web.
As a mathematics lover, it’s just fun to play around with many of the activities. So many of them are just fun to play with.
I’m always a sucker for a good calculator and I just had to check them out. The computer science mentality naturally draws me to activities like taking the square root of a negative number or trying to divide by zero. Just fun stuff that were standard for testing things… I really like the ability to have quick access to a graphing calculator. You do have to have Flash installed on your computer for some of the activities. Hopefully, plans to develop for devices that don’t support Flash are under way.
This is an incredible collection of mathematics resources and, as Donna notes, needs to be shared widely. Please take the time to do so.