The future of mathematics textbooks?


I’m a sucker for interactive mathematics activities. They’re a rabbit hole for me. I’m one of those people that just like to play with mathematics things. Mathigon has been my current fascination.

It should be noted right from the start that the resource isn’t complete yet. But, there’s more than enough to poke around and see what’s possible.

Geometry, Algebra, Statistics and Probability and Calculus are all there. Three divisions collect activities for grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12. You can use Mathigon without creating an account and providing details or just use it anonymously.

I found the activities that I played around with indeed engaging and thought that the design elements were well thought out and well implemented. There’s even a chatbot on the screens should you need to have a discussion.

The providers indicate that it’s totally free for students, teachers, and parents. I found the reading level to be appropriate and accurate. A pleasant surprise was an area that they call the Polypad.

I think that so many of us have used whiteboards from various sources as a great way to visualise and demonstrate concepts. Here, Polypad is not a generic whiteboard utility that you use to fit into mathematics concepts. It’s mathematics first with a huge library of mathematics objects and tools. They’re worth working your way through, imagining the possibilities for classroom or home use.

It is admittedly early with sections still under construction but I think that anyone who is teaching mathematics will have their head spinning with ways to use this in their classroom. Since it’s all done through the web, there’s no installation required to get started. Just hit the link I’ve shared about and go for it.

OTR Links 06/10/2021


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.