Nonprofit Open Up Resources released its first openly licensed core program yesterday: a free middle school math curriculum.
Nearly 200 teachers across six school districts helped fine-tune "Illustrative Mathematics 6-8 Math" during a beta release that ran all last school year. Among other distinctive features, the problem-based curriculum offers anticipated misconceptions, which prepare teachers to recognize, analyze, and respond to common student struggles with scaffolding suggestions; and fosters discussion-filled classrooms through differentiation and mathematical language routines (MLRs).
Check out all the free materials by role -- for teachers, for students, and for families:
Open Up Resources receives support from philanthropies including the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. Teaming up again with Illustrative Mathematics, another non-profit corporation highlighted here upon the launch of the Common Core Lesson Math Library, it has already begun to develop a comprehensive curriculum for high school Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
The makers of Mathpix have rolled out an iOS version of their app that incorporates the power of Wolfram|Alpha.
In addition to folding Wolfram's computational knowledge engine into Mathpix's "snap, solve and go" handheld technology, last week's update also simplifies picture cropping and better integrates LaTeX rendering.
The iOS app scans your first 50 pictures and solves your first equation without charge; in-app purchases for more scans and solutions start at $1.99.
A free teen financial literacy program kicks off in a couple weeks; and while it costs nothing to participate, it offers a total of $200,000 in scholarships.
Featured here upon its debut three years ago, the H&R Block Budget Challenge is an online game that simulates the real-life responsibilities of paying bills, managing expenses, saving money, investing in retirement, paying taxes, and more. The simulation plays out across classrooms and students, with real college scholarship dollars on the line.
Freely download financial literacy lessons from the world's largest tax services provider here: