Assembled by Dubravka Maksimovic, of Sunbury SC, December 2008
Many students enjoy and benefit from practising mathematical skills using a computer. ICT can also be utilised to help students to understand mathematical ideas, although files that enable this are more rare.
There are a vast number of interactive files available free over the internet. Many of these are of lesser quality, and the task of sifting what appears after a general search is a formidable one. Fortunately Ms Maksimovic has taken several years to assemble her database, and MAV is pleased to host it. However MAV has not had time to visit every web link below and cannot vouch for its contents. We ask every teacher who finds any ways to improve the database to contact MAV with their suggestions.
The database comprises mathematical tasks originally assembled for Years 9 and 10. It covers all dimensions of the present VELS syllabus, some better than others. Within those dimensions Ian Lowe, professional officer at MAV, has nominated the topics.
Within each topic Ms Maksimovic has graded the student learning activities available from the urls in three levels, where level 1 is the easiest. She has provided instructions to students about what to do after opening the url.
Her experience has led to a general method of assessing students’ work. Each student has their own intranet location, and on that they save a word document for each topic. Into this document they paste the outcomes of their work. She can then access this and assess it.
The general instruction provided for each topic is:
Use “Print Scrn” key to copy and “Cntrl V” to paste your results in the blank word document at your Maths folder named with [Your name]_[Topic Name]
For schools using some Victorian textbooks and their associated CDs, a similar database has been created, called CD Database for Interactive Maths.These provide links to the commercial CDs via an intranet and not to the internet.
Ian Lowe, editor
View the entire Internet database, or use the search tools below: