Use the resources below to help you learn more about mathematics!
Interactive Math Lessons
Ever wanted to work on whatever mathematics you were interested in, at your own level and pace, without needing the help of your teacher or using a worksheet? Now you can! Use the interactive math lesson resources below:
Interactive PowerPoint Lessons
Download any of the lesson presentations and follow the instructions below depending on the type of technology you are using.
If you find these lessons interesting and enjoy working at your own pace, ask your teacher to create some!
Math 6 Spy Guys are wonderful set of self-paced online tutorials to help you learn and explore Year 5/7 mathematics. Note: If you are using an iPad you will need to open the game using the Puffin Browser app.
Education Alberta's 'Math Live'
Math Live are another wonderful set of self-paced online tutorials to help students learn and explore mathematics.
In Math Live, cartoon characters teach various areas of seniors years mathematics (it is stated Year 5 but is suitable for students in Years 4-7). An activity sheet (pdf) is available for download for each lesson too as well as an online glossary.
The lessons are perfect for whole class, small group and individual learning scenarios. Check out Math Live today!
What's my angle? is a brilliant Flash object that introduces angles, protractors and how to measure angles of various sizes. Click here or on the image above to start using What's my angle?
Note: If you are using an iPad you will need to open the game using the Puffin Browser app.
Ever needed to measure an angle within the classroom or school that you couldn't reach or where a protractor wouldn't fit?
AR Protractor is a free app that enables students to measure angles using an augmented protractor via an Android device.
Mapping & ICT
Make sure you are using the following mapping technologies to help you learn about location:
Whereis Melbourne 3D App
Whereis has launched a cute animated 3D app for iOS devices.
Although it is in a Beta stage, its such a fun and friendly app to use as you can see animated trams running down Swanston Street, a plane flying over head or even traffic moving in the streets! Watch the video below to see the app in action!
Google Maps is available on Windows, Mac, iPod/iPhone/iPad and Android. You should use it to: (i) Locate places/landmarks in your local community, state and country, using:
Normal view (pictured)
Street view (drag the yellow man onto the map)
(ii) Plan journeys/routes using by clicking on 'Directions'.
Download the Whereis Celebrity Voices app for iOS and Android and use it to learn and practice the skills of navigation and distance whilst being guided by some famous Australian celebrities. You could:
go for a walk around your school or neighbourhood
next time you are driving with your parent(s)/guardian(s) ask them use the app to help guide them/you around.
Watch the video below to learn more!
Google Earth is a powerful tool for exploring the Earth! watch the video below to learn more.
Watch how you can control Google Earth using a Microsoft Kinect!
If you like what you see, ask your teacher or parent to click here to learn more.
Useful Math Tools
There are various online and downloadable math tools that can assist you to complete your classwork and homework.
Wolfram Alpha (Like 'Google' for Mathematics)
WolframAlpha is a free online service that is like a Google for mathematicians.
Simply type in a mathematical equation or question into the search box (pictured above) and WolframAlpha will scan its databases for the solution!
Mathway: Online Problem Solver
Mathway is an free online problem solver. You can enter just about any mathematical equation and Mathway will attempt to use it's complex system to solve the problem! Mathway may even be a suitable replacement for a graphing calculator as users can also graph problems using the 'Graph' tool.
Unlike normal calculator apps, My Script Calculator allows users to write the equation using their finger!
Watch the video below to see the app in action:
Spyglass superimposes a compass, GPS data, distance measurements and angles over the local environment.
Check out all of the wonderful interactive math games below:
Think you are or could be good at maths but don't enjoy or have trouble reading instructions or worksheets? No worries! The MIND Research Institute have created an interactive game that teaches math without words! Watch the videos below and be amazed!
As shown in the video above, players must solve mathematical problems to navigate JiJi the penguin through a series of problems and puzzles.
Play a sample ST Maths Flash game here to learn about fractions (Note: If you are using an iPad you will need to open the game using the Puffin Browser app).
ST Math is only available to schools in Canada & the United States of America and is available for elementary, middle and high schools.
Timez Attack by Big Brainz is the ultimate video game for Windows and Mac that has been designed for students to learn or consolidate their knowledge of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.
The story/concept behind the design of Numberlys is that there once existed a world that was colourless and only contained numbers. The five main characters (the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) set out on a voyage of discovery to change the boring norm and create letters/the alphabet. During the gameplay it is hoped that young children start to develop a sense of the shape and 'origins' of the letters of the alphabet.
Watch the video review below that explains and demonstrates exactly how the app works.
Twelve a Dozen
Twelve A Dozen is a narrated video game for the iPad that gives students an entertaining way to practice their operation skills, resulting in both positive and negative answers. Watch the video below to learn more:
Pacman & Ms Pacman
Working in pairs, one student can control Pacman/Ms Pacman with their eyes closed whilst following the oral instructions given by another person.
Pacman & Ms Pacman can be easily played for free (all 256 levels) on all platforms using the following links:
NOTE: Depending on the version of Angry Birds you use, the bird's flight path/trajectory:
May be shown as you pull back on the bird in the slingshot (as pictured above in Angry Birds Space), or
Only after the first bird has been launched, then the previous shot's flight path/trajectory will be shown.
Open Angry Birds.
Choose a level.
Aim a kamikaze bird by holding your finger/mouse on the bird in the catapult, and then dragging your finger/holding the mouse click and moving the mouse backwards to build up power.
Let the kamikaze bird go to see if your aim was successful (if all of the pigs are not defeated/eliminated, you will be given another shot but this time the trajectory of the unsuccessful attempt will be shown on the screen).
Place the center point of the hand-held protractor onto first dot of the bird's flight path/trajectory, keeping the "0" line horizontally in line with the top of the slingshot to measure the size of the angle.
Figure out if you need to increase or decrease the size of the angle.
Figure out how many degrees you believe that the angle should be increased or decreased by.
Launch the next kamikaze bird.
Repeat steps 3 to 8 until the pigs are defeated or the you have no more kamikaze birds remaining.
With a partner discuss the features (i.e. layout, heading, suitability of graphics and colour schemes) of each of the infographics and identify the positive and negative features.
Step 2: Planning Infographics
Collect some data using a survey or by looking for some statistics (e.g. sports statistics) on the internet or in a newspaper.
With a partner, brainstorm how infographics could be used to best present the data (to tell a story, make comparisons, show context, processes, patterns, a hierarchy, relationships, order or chronology), including the use of:
Font and font styles
Step 3: Creating Infographics Use the various ICT tools below to try to create infographics: