Thursday, April 14, 2011

Math It Up: Online Math Resources (Part 1)

Out of all the subjects taught today in schools it seems that math is one of the most difficult for many to keep up with and yet it is one of the most necessary subjects to grasp.  Many students, of all ages, who have trouble in this area also have some apprehension about asking for tutoring due to feelings of embarrassment or shame.  Thankfully in this day and age, technology makes it so easy to rectify this type of situation with little or no feeling of embarrassment.  There are so many great tutoring and supplemental resources available that students (and teachers) should be informed about to help give them an advantage.

This post is the first in a series that will discuss just a few of the many amazing math web tools out there.
To start the series, I think it's only appropriate that The Khan Academy be the first resource discussed due to its popularity and amazing offerings.

The Khan Academy is made up of hundreds of videos discussing how to do mathematical operations from basic elementary math up through calculus.  It doesn't stop there, however.  There are biology, chemistry and other scientific videos, personal finance, economics and even some historical videos available.  The site is constantly expanding and offering more!

Recently, as described much more thoroughly in the video below, The Khan Academy has added a free software piece along with it's already free video library that tracks student progress in a game-like format and helps to automatically fill in gaps in their knowledge through adaptive testing.  It's very intuitive and dynamic, which holds the student's attention.  Another part of the software piece is a portion that allows teachers and parents to track their student's progress and time spent learning the material.  Check out this amazing resource and pass it along to your students. I'm sure they will enjoy it!

Enjoy :)

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