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Student Seminars on “Famous Equations,” by Richard Montgomery
The ideas captured by these germinal equations are body and soul for much of mathematics. They evoke reactions such as “That's neat!,” “Clever!,” “I don't believe it!,” “Hmm...” or “Curious!” (pdf)

Spreading Memes, by Alex Bogomonly
You know that mathematics is enjoyable. Share it. (link)

Making the Invisible Visible, by Keith Devlin
Mathematical virus memes: The science of patterns and Mathematics makes the invisible visible.

On Improving School Maths Curriculum through Fashionable Maths, by Nazla H.A. Khedre
To improve school Maths curriculum by making it more alive, more realistic, more accessible and up-to-date. (link to pdf)

Childhood Origins of Adult Resistance to Science, by Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg
Both adults and children resist acquiring scientific information that clashes with common-sense intuitions.

Cognitive Supports for Analogies in the Mathematics Classroom, by Lindsey E. Richland et al
Certain mathematics classroom activities differ between the United States and nations in which students score higher on international tests. U.S. teachers provide high-quality learning opportunities to their students but provide less of the support that would enable their students to reap maximal
benefits.

Edutainment, from Wikipedia.org
Edutainment seeks either to tutor in one or more specific subjects, or to change behaviour by engendering specific sociocultural attitudes.

Final Report, National Mathematics Advisory Panel (US)
Presidential Panel Declares U.S. Math Education "Broken"

Editor's Message, Ontario Mathematics Gazette, September 2008, by Stewart Craven
Is “branding” mathematics an idea whose time has come?

Reports Addressing the Need for Improved Math and Science Education in the United States
From 'Psychology’s Role in Mathematics and Science Education' by Nora S. Newcombe et al, American Psychological Association. (briefing sheet online)

Encouraging Girls in Math and Science
Institute of Education Sciences Practice Guide.

Psychology’s Role in Mathematics and Science Education, by Nora S. Newcombe et al
Psychology can make in contributions in four areas: (a) early understanding of mathematics, (b) understanding of science, (c) social and motivational aspects of involvement in mathematics and science, and (d) assessment of learning in mathematics and science.

Books

Is America falling off the flat earth?, by Norman R. Augustine
Only by providing leading-edge human capital and knowledge capital can America continue to maintain a high standard of living—including providing national security—for its citizens. (full text online)

Videos

Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education
A proposal to replace calculus with probability and statistics in secondary schools, reflecting the shift from the analog to the digital age.

Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land (Part 1)   (Part 2)   (Part 3)
A fun 27-minute cartoon made in 1959 about the history of mathematics.

Changing Education Paradigms
Animate taken from a speech given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson

Math That Matters
Using the language of mathematics to help students understand the real world, of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, power and oppression.

The Teacher Development Continuum in the United States and China
Comparing elementary school mathematics teachers.

Math Liberation Front
Mathematics is big. Our minds are bigger.

Animates

Changing Education Paradigms
RSA talk by Sir Ken Robinson.

Pictures

There's a Math museum!!!!!
"I wish I could bring every math student I ever have there."

Interactive Websites

Maths is Good for You: History of mathematics for young mathematicians
The prevailing modern view of mathematical ability is one which entails creativity and transcends the more limited concept of technical ability. There is, however, little widely available material which, in a simple and accessible way, introduces the secondary school age children to the world of 'creative' mathematics. This web site aims to do just that - to contribute to developing the base of knowledge and resources by concentrating particularly on introducing the historical context into the study of mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4.

The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project
Dedicated to the improvement of mathematics education worldwide through the publication and dissemination of innovative materials and ideas.

Math Spans All Dimensions
Interactive poster.

GEMS: Great Explorations in Math and Science
GEMS publishes science and math curriculum, offers specialized workshops, and maintains an international support network.

International Reading Association
IRA was founded in 1956 as a professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages.

Maths Is Fun!
The idea behind the site is to offer mathematics as well as some fun bits, and to combine the two wherever possible.

International Statistical Literacy Project
To support, create and participate in statistical literacy activities and promotion around the world.

WISE: Web Interface for Statistics Education
Easy access for students and teachers of statistics to a wide range of resources that are freely available on the Internet.

When Will I Use Math?
The value of mathematics education in life and work.

Mathematics Resources, Educational Technology Clearing House
Links to resources for elementary and secondary school mathematics.

Everything is Numb3rs: Teacher Resources
Blog on educational material based on thetelevision crime drama, Numb3rs.

Texas Instruments & Numb3rs Join Forces
An educational outreach program promoting the many uses of mathematics and supporting math teaching.

Classroom Mathematics
Activities and aids for understanding all kinds of math.

Career advice, by Terence Tao
Advice on academic career issues in mathematics, roughly arranged by the stage of career at which the advice is most pertinent, from primary school through postdoctoral studies.

Loci: Convergence
Resources to help teach mathematics using its history from the Mathematical Association of America's Mathematical Sciences Digital Library.

Book descriptions

Mathematics and Beauty: Aesthetic Approaches to Teaching Children, by Nathalie Sinclair
Nathalie Sinclair makes a brilliant case for rethinking math instruction so that an aesthetically rich learning environment becomes the path to meaning, intellectual journeys, and—dare we say the word?—pleasure.

Thinking and Reasoning with Data and Chance, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics yearbook, 2006
Students' and teachers' learning in statistics, centered on a set of activities.

The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics, by David L. Kirp
The findings of cutting-edge researchers from neuroscience and genetics to economics increasingly show how powerfully early childhood shapes the arc of children's lives.

The National Children's Study Research Plan
The National Children's Study (NCS) is planned to be the largest long-term study of environmental and genetic effects on children s health ever conducted in the United States.

Links

Medical Ignorance
Using the insights and techniques of medical ignorance to improve science education and health literacy by focusing on Questions, Questioning and Questioners.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The foundation is committed to raising the high school graduation rate and helping all students — regardless of race or family income — graduate as strong citizens ready for college and work.

Stand Up
National campaign to raise awareness about the education crisis and to transform education in America.

JUMP Math
JUMP is a numeracy program founded in 1998 by mathematician, author and award-winning playwright John Mighton.

John Mighton
A biography of JUMP Math's founder, Dr. John Mighton.

The Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
A division of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of MSTE is to serve as a model-builder for innovative, standards-based, technology-intensive mathematics and science instruction at the K-16 levels.

Model Chance
A project to develop simulation software and classroom activities to help middle school students learn about probability.

Mathematicians Pictures.com
A gift shop and web-site for people who love math

Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education
A national organization whose mission is to support and advance undergraduate statistics education, in four target areas: resources, professional development, outreach, and research.

International Statistical Literacy Project
Project to support, create and participate in statistical literacy activities and promotion around the world.

Transcendental Numbers
A answers to high school level questions about transcendental numbers from "Ask Dr. Math."

Curriki, The Global Education & Learning Community
Empowering teachers, students and parents with user-created, open source curricula, and it's all free!

Good Sites for Kids: Math
Websites to help a child’s education.

AAAS Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Seminar
The first comprehensive effort by a scientific society to work directly with school boards on science, mathematics, and technology education.

A Taste of Pi
Successful series of talks and activities for high school students at Simon Fraser University.

Math Girl (Wikipedia)
An animated movie superhero co-created by Lou Crockett, an artist, animator, and designer; Jesai Jayhmes, an actor and director; and Veselin Jungić, a working mathematician.

Math Girl (Homepage)
Links to episodes on YouTube.

Dr. Veselin Jungić: Links
Faculty member, Department of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University, co-creator of Math Girl.

Kjartan Posskit
Performer, author approaches math with humour. Includes links to YouTube videos.

Motivate
A live video-conferencing programme linking leading mathematicians, physicists and engineers to primary and secondary schools across the UK.

The National Numeracy Network
A network of individuals, institutions, and corporations united by the common goal of quantitative literacy for all citizens.

Pedagogy in Action
The Science Education Resource Center, resources for educators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Born Learning
A public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

Foundations for Success: The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel
Reports, parent and teacher resources, outreach materials.

A Complete List of Online Math Resources
A comprehensive collection of resources for all math subjects, from the basics to calculus. (Thanks to Lauren Jackson for the reference)

Brightstorm
Free homework help videos covering every topic in Math and Science. A community of learners asking each other questions and getting free homework help.

National Math and Science Initiative
American students are falling behind in the essential subjects of math and science, putting [the U.S.] position in the global economy at risk. The mission of the National Math and Science Initiative is to help provide the ideas, inspiration, and resources to close the gap.

The Education Arcade
The Education Arcade explores games that promote learning through authentic and engaging play.

Passion Driven Statistics
The Passion Driven Statistics curriculum as Wesleyan University introduces students to statistics by allowing them to ask and answer statistical questions that they care about.

Free Online Math Classes
A listing of nearly 500 university mathematics courses offered by institutuions around the world, including Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technoogy.

Davis Math Circle
A program to to expose children to beautiful and intriguing mathematics that is often left out of standard curricula and reserved for math majors at university.