# Education

## Articles

*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.

*Why
We Need to Get Kids Into Science,* by Denise O'Connell

Tips to help parents and teachers light the spark for science, technology and
engineering and math.

## 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.

**The World of Statistics**

A global network of more 2,350 organizations worldwide committed to:

- Increasing public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society
- Nurturing statistics as a profession, especially among young people
- Promoting creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics

**WeUseMath.org**

The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will
I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this
question.

**WeUseMath.org: Links to Other Useful Sites**