The Math Forum was featured in the National Education Technology Plan 2010 as an exemplar of "an online learning community built around deep content expertise." View the blue highlight box in the Teaching: Prepare and Connect section.
The Math Forum was selected as one of the best Web sites
for teachers on the Internet today in the books
101 Best Web Sites for Secondary Teachers and
101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers,
published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
The Math Forum was one of PC Magazine's
Top 101 Most Incredibly Useful Web sites
in the Information category for the year 2003.
The Math Forum was one of 5 sites winning
the 2002 Sci/Tech Web Award in the mathematics category.
The Math Forum was among the 5 Webby nominees
for best education site of 1999.
The Forum's Ask Dr. Math service was presented with two
Awards for Exemplary Ask-A Service by the Virtual Reference Desk (VRD),
one for 1998 and
one for 1999.
Below: to read about the award, click on the number. To go to the site, select the picture.
Knot A Braid of Links,
from CAMEL, the Canadian Mathematical
Society, has selected the following as worthy of notice - see their
- Science Netlinks - American Association for the Advancement of Science/MCI
"An outgrowth of the Geometry Forum project, the Math Forum is a Center for Math Education on the Internet... Simply put, it is a mathematics gold mine. Got a question about math? Go to "Ask Dr. Math." Need a problem to interest your students? Go to the Projects Section, where you will find a Problem of the Week for elementary and middle school students and for geometry classes... There are also pages for college students at both the undergraduate and the graduate level... [and] discussion groups on many aspects of mathematics and mathematics education. One of my personal favorite pages is the Dynamic Geometry Software page, from which you can download a sample of the software and a sample construction. It also has a connection to a discussion group on dynamic geometry. If you're looking for geometry newsgroups, Internet software, learning and math discussions, the Math Forum Newsletter, workshop information, projects, and archives, look no further--it's all here."
- Dr. James M. Parks, SUNY Potsdam State College
- GNN Best of the Net Nominees: K-12 Education
"While the tag line for the Geometry Forum reads "An Electronic Community for Lovers of Geometry," this site is inviting for the less enthusiastic student of geometry. Students can Ask Dr. Math (a group of students and world-famous mathematicians) math questions. They can also test their mathematics skills by answering the Problem of the Week or working in collaborative groups to solve math problems. The forum provides valuable professional development materials for math teachers through its listservs and newsgroups, and a searchable database of mathematics resources. For the geometry lover, this site is a great place to hang out. And for the less enthusiastic? It might just change your mind about math."
- Top 5% of all Web sites
"The Geometry Forum isn't just geometry -- it has resources for many math disciplines. The Teacher's Place is a wide collection of math teaching resources on the Net, spanning Web sites, FTP sites, and mailing lists. The Student Center consists of resources of interest to the student. Included in these is Ask Dr. Math, in which volunteers at Swarthmore University answer surfer questions. These are organized by school level, and the college queries will sail over most people's heads (What is an Eigenvalue, anyway?). They sound like they know what they're talking about."
- Magellan Internet Guide
"The Geometry Forum WWW site is an enormous electronic community for lovers of geometry. The forum highlights section contains a link to their eight online newsletters, including one that contains announcements of programs and resources for geometers. The Ask Dr. Math page allows the browser to submit a perplexing question, or review answers to previously submitted stumpers. Information about an active mailing list devoted to current math education is also offered."
- The McKinley Group - Magellan Internet Directory
"Ever wonder why we need decimals? Or forget how to multiply fractions and a whole number? Join the thousands of kids and adults who are seeking Dr. Math to answer basic and more obtuse math questions - like rotating a cube in space or Finding Repetitive Patterns in Economic Data. An invaluable, easy-to-follow layout is suitable for Netters of all ages and levels of expertise. The Q&A sessions are a great aid for math students up to and beyond college level aptitude, where frustrated intellectuals can spend hours pondering the Uniform Convergence of a Sequence."
- Computer Currents Link of the Week
"Why does any number to the 0 power = 1? What are the factors for the Perfect Number, 33550336? Why is pi considered to be a transcendental number? For that matter, why does 2 + 2 = 4? Send your questions to Dr. Math and get an answer via email. Or browse the Dr. Math archives to read the questions others have asked. At this web page, maintained by mathematics students from Swarthmore College, elementary through college students can find answers to questions about basic math, algebra, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, physics and more. In addition, there are the Problem of the Week and Project of the Month to challenge math enthusiasts from elementary school through college and beyond."
- NBNSOFT Content Awards
"You say you've been searching for a virtual center for mathematics on the Internet? Look no further, you'll find it all adding up at this plentiful resource for teachers, students, researchers, parents, and mathematicians alike."
(Archive is updated to include only the past few months.)
- A#1 Quality Award for Excellence
"The Math Forum - Internet Resource Collection. Searchable DB of sites related to Mathematics. 'Our goal is to build a community that can be a center for teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators, citizens at all levels who have an interest in mathematics education. Sure there's a lot of (math) material on the WWW, but how good is it and does it take advantage of the new technologies or implement new pedagogy?' (these appear to be people after me own heart)."
- Netguide Gold
"Ask Dr. Math: Parents, when your 7th-grader starts asking for help with negative exponents and infinite primes, you... . Steve's Dump, otherwise known as Swarthmore College's Math Forum, serves as a valuable resource...."
- Best Educational Sites Today (BEST)
"Ask Dr. Math should be known by all math teachers/professors at all levels of education, and in turn, they should pass the knowledge of this site on to their students. It is organized by grade level (Elementary, Middle, High School, College +) or the user can do a keyword search for questions and answers to topics they are interested in."
- Education First: Blue Web'n
"The Math Forum is a server devoted to all aspects of math and its teaching. Includes classroom materials, Internet-based math activities, software, articles, and more."
- LookSmart - Editor's Choice: "Math Forum: Extensive subject directory, with sections such as math education, provides resources for students, parents and researchers. Student Center includes a geometry problem of the week, and a directory of resources for students from elementary through to college. Math Forum Resource Collection (Steve's Dump): Resources for math students and teachers, covering fun sites and challenging problems, lesson plans, and key issues; annotated sites for math students, teachers and researchers. Topics include calculus and differential equations."
- Walking the World Wide Web
"A SWAT team of world-famous mathematicians will answer your most challenging [K12] math questions. This is a great service if you're stumped on a tough math problem, have a brainteaser you want help on, or just want to talk to someone who loves math. Go to this WWW page, where you'll find all the questions and answers divided by grade level and then subject. You can search the pages for a keyword. There's also an archive of challenging brainteasers and word problems. Here you'll find the e-mail address to use when sending Dr. Math your toughest math questions."
- WebPilot Original Link Recognition
October 1996. Student Center: "This site arranges mathematical concepts and activities by age level and has a question and answer area where you can ask questions about math concepts that you just can't get or look through the archived previously asked questions."
- The Scout Report: "Swarthmore Math Forum Elementary Teacher's Place: Swarthmore College's well known Math Forum (formerly known as The Geometry Forum), has recently added these meta-pages specifically for elementary school math teachers. The pages are divided into two parts: "For Your Classroom" and "For Your Career." The classroom sections contain pointers to lesson plans, problems, software, and fun sites for kids. The career site contains lists of pertinent discussion groups, articles, and professional organizations. One of the highlights of the Problems and Activities section is Ruth Carver's elementary problem of the week, with an interactive problem and solution archive back to the fall of 1995."
- ZIA: "ZIA is the largest family friendly site on the internet!"
October 1996. Ask Dr. Math.
- ENC Digital Dozen: Math Forum
April 1996. "The goal of this site is to build a community that can
be a center for teachers, students, researchers, parents, educators,
and citizens at all levels who have an interest in mathematics
education. Key issues in math are highlighted, along with resources
by subject for K-12, college, and advanced math topics."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Tessellation
May 1996. "This Math Forum Web unit, designed by Suzanne Alejandre,
uses HyperCard and HyperStudio to show students how to tessellate
and make connections to mathematical concepts such as symmetry."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Ask Dr. Math
September 1995. "During the academic year, Swarthmore College math
students serve as 'Math Doctors,' answering the math questions of
K-12 students and their teachers."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Math
Lessons and Courses
August 1996. From the Math Forum's Internet Resource Collection:
"A searchable list of valuable sites for mathematicians and math
- ENC Digital Dozen: Math
February 1997. From the Math Forum's Internet Resource Collection:
"Hundreds of math lessons and activities are featured in this
- ENC Digital Dozen: Geometry Problem of the
May 1998. "Every week, Math Forum posts a new geometry problem,
and students are invited to submit their solutions. By the next
week, the solution will be posted on the Web. The site gives
teachers and students clear instructions on participating in this
problem-solving event, which has been active since the 'Stone Age'
of the Web (1993)."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Suzanne's Math Lessons
June 1998. "Suzanne Alejandre has created several Web units with activities and procedures for teaching on topics from algebraic factoring to tessellations. Some units include software links, standards connections, and cross-disciplinary ideas. Two units are interactive Web units, and the site includes links to Web units created by others."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Pascal's
August 1998. "These lessons guide investigations of Pascal's triangle
and its number patterns for elementary, intermediate, and advanced
math students. Instructions for the lessons along with handouts are
available here. Also included for each level are correlations to
the NCTM Standards."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Teacher2Teacher
December 1998. "Another great math resource from the Math Forum!
This question and answer service provides teachers and parents
with information on classroom teaching and student learning.
A panel of teaching professionals, the Presidential Awardees
for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, answer the questions
posed by users. Topics at the site range from teaching techniques
to locating good resources. There are also links to teaching
- ENC Digital Dozen: Exploring
January 1999. "This Web unit from the Math Forum for workshops
given to the Urban Systemic Initiative gathers in one place
information about using data and statistics at the K-3, 4-8, and
9-12 grade levels. For each level, this unit pinpoints what the
NCTM and California standards say about data. The unit also points
to Web-based data to use in the classroom as well as lesson plans.
Additional links take teachers to courseware and software to use
in displaying and analyzing data."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Internet Mathematics Library
May 1999. "With hundreds of links to mathematics Internet sites,
this project of the Math Forum provides one easily navigable location
for finding math content on the Web. The sites are organized by
mathematics topics, teaching topics, resource types, and education
- ENC Digital Dozen: The Math Forum
August 1999. "Join an online community of parents, teachers, researchers,
and students who share your interest in math and math education.
Browse the exhaustive collection of web sites and look through the
resources gathered from education professionals for K-12, college, and
advanced math topics."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Vectors - Eugene Klotz
July 2000. "Could your students use some assistance in really understanding
vectors? Use this site for both static vector sketches and interactive
vector models. The material aims for a visceral understanding of vectors
rather than offering a rigorous logical presentation. The static sketches
do not need additional software while the interactive models require
the use of Geometer's Sketchpad."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Geometry Through Art - Norman Shapiro
September 2000. "Is geometry beautiful? It can be! At this web site,
students are encouraged to explore their artistic side as they work
with geometric shapes and figures. Hands-on activities, worksheets, and
vocabulary definitions are provided."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Encouraging Mathematical Thinking - Math Forum Bridging Research & Practice (BRAP) Group
October 2000. "This videopaper... presents a discussion illustrated with
classroom video clips that focus on the value of discourse in encouraging
students' mathematical thinking and supporting teachers' professional growth.
BRAP, a collaboration of teacher practitioners and Math Forum staff, aims
to help integrate practice and research by reporting on findings from
discussions of research articles, classroom practice, and videotapes of
- ENC Digital Dozen: Varnelle Moore's primary math activities
December 2000, August 2001. "Can students in grades K-2 really get a handle on some fundamental geometry principles? Sure they can. At this site, five activities give kids a chance to recognize shapes, create patterns, and explore spatial relations. An added bonus is that each activity has four distinct components: an interactive, manipulative-based component, a technology element, a paper-and-pencil activity, and literature connections."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Problems of the Week (PoWs)
January 2001. "Here you'll find every one of the Math Forum's creative and challenging Problems of the Week, organized by grade level and by topic. You are also linked to all the great Math Forum resources where students can ask math questions or participate in Internet "math hunts" and teachers can find resources from other mathematics teachers in the Teachers' Place."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Famous Problems in the History of Mathematics - Isaac Reed
August 2001. "Learn how the great mathematicians tackled puzzling problems throughout the course of history. The site explains each dilemma and shows how mathematicians have worked to resolve them. Samples include the problem of finding prime numbers, determining the numeric value of pi, and confronting Zeno's paradoxes. Also provided is background information on the historical context of each problem and mathematician."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Problems of the Week (PoWs)
March, 2002. "No week would be complete without a foray through the PoW hub, which provides an array of creative problem-solving opportunities for grades three through 12. In each category, you can find the current problem, a schedule of upcoming problems, and an archive of past PoWs."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets
October, 2002. "They're not just pretty to look at--the mesmerizing beauty of Oriental carpets can teach as well as enchant when we consider how their designs apply pattern and symmetry. This site provides a gallery of rugs as examples, as well as definitions of concepts such as translation, glide reflection, and tessellation."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Math Fundamentals Problem of the Week
April, 2003. "Looking for challenging math problems for elementary kids? Here you go! Each week brings a new challenge, complete with hints and the opportunity to submit a response for feedback from volunteer Math Forum mentors. Past problems and general solutions are published and archived, along with some examples of student work and project feedback from math mentors."
- ENC Focus: What is a Tessellation?
November, 2003. "Tessellations are everywhere, and this site explains and illustrates the mathematics involved in answering the title's question. Beginning with a definition and some examples of tessellations, students examine why only certain geometric shapes can tessellate a plane and explores the relationship between the number of vertices of regular polygons."
- ENC Focus: Math Fundamentals Problem of the Week
January, 2004. "Yes, this is a real math site! But it features interesting mathematics problems that can be used to promote friendly competition among students and even with program leaders inclined to think mathematically. The problem content is geared for elementary students, but it will provoke thought in middle schoolers as well. A new question is posted every two weeks; detailed solutions are available online after the two-week period. The problems are designed to help students learn to think and communicate mathematically. Topics include numbers, operations, and measurement, as well as introductory geometry, data, and probability. This site also offers additional Problem of the Week activities for other age groups and math topics."
- ENC Focus: Problems of the Week
May, 2004. "Part of the Math Forum Internet site, PoWs has been named an ENC Digital Dozen site. It offers creative, nonroutine challenges in five different categories from elementary mathematics to geometry. Problem solving and mathematical communication are key elements of every problem. Weekly problems, solutions, and archived problems are available free of charge. Other services are available for a membership fee. For a story about ways the feature has touched student lives, see the ENC Focus article, "Problems of the Week Engage Students with Special Needs."
- ENC Focus: Famous Problems in the History of Mathematics
June, 2004. "This Internet site explores the history and culture surrounding some famous mathematics problems and their solutions. Problems include the Bridges of Konigsburg, the value of Pi, and famous paradoxes."
- ENC Focus: Math Fundamentals Problem of the Week
June, 2004. "This Math Forum Internet site features a weekly nonroutine problem. Multiple student solutions are published the next week. Content areas addressed in the problems include numbers, operations, and measurement, as well as introductory geometry, data, and probability. The problems are designed to help elementary students learn to problem-solve and communicate mathematically."
- ENC Digital Dozen: Math Tools
October, 2004. "Tools for the trade, and a community to help you figure out how to use them -- what more can you ask from one web site? Check out this site full of lesson plans, activities, and problem-solving challenges, as well as an interactive index to technology tools of any stripe. Many of these tools are free. You'll also find stories from teachers who have used the tools, detailing their experiences and providing insight for others who are interested in using a particular tool."
- ENC Focus: Ask Dr. Math
October, 2004. "Ask your questions and get your answers about all things having to do with middle grades math. Dr. Math archives some of the more common questions and answers; a great place to start is to browse the middle school level archive at mathforum.org/library/drmath/drmath.middle.html."
- The Parenting Journals: The Math Forum
August, 2008. The Forum earned the Parenting Journals Editors' Choice Award, which it bestows to sites that exhibit "... quality information on parenting topics, including child care, education, child health, babies, toys, kids activities, ethics, and character development; user accessibility and support; and exceptional web design and easy navigation."
- District Administration: The Math Forum
August, 2008. The magazine of district management selected the Forum as its Hotlist Site of the Week.