 Vygotsky's Distinction Between Lower and Higher Mental Functions and Recent Studies on Infant Cognitive Development  Eugene Subbotsky; Psychology Department, University of Lancaster, UK
One of the major theoretical advances of Vygotsky's approach to cognitive development was his thesis that human mental functions are social in origin. In making this claim, Vygotsky was confronted with the difficulty of reconciling it with the fact that
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 Walpha Wiki  Derek Bruff and others
As collaborative site to record how secondary and undergraduate math educators use WolframAlpha, or Walpha as it's called here, in the classroom. In particular, the authors are interested in how students might use Walpha themselves, as well as how teachers
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 WASL Math Prompts  Port Angeles School District, Washington state
Sample questions for the WASL, Washington State Assessment of Student Learning. Most questions have answers printed above the questions. Sample questions are offered for kindergarten through high school levels, organized by mathematical content, and accompanied
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 WatchKnowLearn  Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi
Thousands of free online math educational videos, categorized into topics such as mathematics for young learners, number operations, math in the real world, precalculus, math study skills and test prep, and history of math.
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 Water Tidbits: Questions and Answers  U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Topics covered include: Water use in the United States, USGS water data and measurements; Water use in your home; Chemistry and water. Links to other sites about water.
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 WatsonMath.com  Elaine Watson
A repository for ideas and links that support Watson's work as a K12 mathematics consultant, such as spreading the word about the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and how they can be implemented by classroom teachers. Posts, which date back
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 The Weather Calculator  National Weather Service, El Paso, TX
The El Paso National Weather Service Office's weather calculator provides temperature, moisture, pressure, and wind unit conversions for 16 different weatherrelated variables.
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 Weather Underground  University of Michigan
One Sky, Many Voices: resources for collaborative study of current weather events for K12 classrooms, afterschool groups, and athome learning. Gather data on weather information on the Web, current conditions around the world, historical weather patterns,
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 Weather Watchers  Noelle Kreider, Instructional Technology Development Consortium (ITDC)
An Instructional Technology Development Consortium project, this WebQuest for K2 students explores concepts of weather including: short term weather changes; the influence of weather on daily human life; the effects of severe weather on human life; learning
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 WebBased Mathematics Activities for the Early Years  Instituto de Informática Educativa (IIE), Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile
These materials are a translation of the Spanish materials created by the Instituto de Informática Educativa (IIE), Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile. The first and second units have been translated into English, and the third unit is available
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 The Web Classroom  Eagle Eye Web Masters
An educational site from Australia that provides lessons and tests to help students understand concepts in Mathematics and build language skills in English. Elementary and Middle School math pages offer Fun with Fractions, "What Number," Times Tables,
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 WebCrawler
Search the WebCrawler contentsindexed database by keyword  the contents of documents are indexed, not just their titles and URLs. You may include both general and specific queries. Or browse categories: Arts & Books; Autos; Careers; Computers &
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 WebMath: Instant Solutions to Math Problems
Instant solutions to math problems: look over the various links on the home page until you find a topic that seems to describe the math problem you're working on. Select a link then another and you will be presented with a blank form into which you can
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 Web Maths  Serge Henry
Un site pour les mathématiques scolaires, utilizant le multimédia (Flash) pour apprendre et comprendre les maths. Aussi, un forum pour poser des questions; l'aide en ligne.
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 Web Worksheet Wizard  High Plains Regional Technology in Education Consortium (HPRTEC)
Create a lesson, worksheet or class page on the World Wide Web with this webbased utility. Also, locate existing worksheets by keywords, dates, grade levels, or subjects such as math. Hosted by Advanced Learning Technologies in Education Consortia at
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 Weekend Projects—Picnic Geometry  Make Podcast
This video shows how to build an icosahedron out of paper plates, cups, or plastic sheeting—and pack some geometry into your next picnic! MAKE's accompanying post provides stepbystep instructions for assembling icosahedra from picnic supplies.
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 Welcome to Steve's Blog  Steven Rasmussen
Blog of Steve Rasmussen, the CEO and President of KCP Technologies, between 20072008. Ideas, commentary, photos, and "adventures relating to mathematics education" included Rejuvenating the Mathematics Education Profession; Welcome to My Taxi Diaries
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 West Contra Costa Unified School District Mathematics Center  Kennedy High School
Common Core mathematics resources, presentations, instructional videos, lessons, mathematics applets, parent guides, and other materials developed by the Richmond (California) school district.
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 The Western Reserve Reading Project  The Ohio State University
With over four hundred pairs of twins participating in annual data collection sessions over the past ten years, the Western Reserve Reading Project (WRRP) explores how the environment affects children's ability to learn "by evaluating how genes and environmental
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 WGCUTV: The Faculty Lounge  SW Florida Public TV, Ft. Meyers/Naples, FL
Tools to help use the Internet in the classroom. Annotated lists of links: topics include: Copyright and the WWW; Distance Learning; Financial Aid and Scholarships; FTP; Gopher; Grants; Job Hunting on the Internet; Magazines, Newspapers, and 'Zines OnLine;
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 Whales: A Thematic Web Unit  Kimberlye P. Joyce, Curry School
A thematic unit for cooperative learning across the K5 integrated curriculum; an interactive resource for teachers, students and parents. Teacher Resources (Bibliography, Book Reviews, Glossary, Homework Suggestions); Student Activities (Whale Research,
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 What do we know about mathematics curricula?  Alan Schoenfeld, Journal of Mathematical Behavior
In the absence of either largescale empirical proof of success or the existence of compelling and documentable standards, there is reason to be cautious. The traditionalists are nervous for good reason. It should be noted, however, that the resistance
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 What Good is Math?  Peck, Rosser, Pifer; University of Richmond
A site designed to show middle school students how math is useful. Examples are drawn from everyday experience; topics include art, finance, grades, sports, planning a party or a trip, and cooking. Created by preservice math teachers.
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 What, How, and the Web  Cut the Knot!, Alexander Bogomolny
More on place value. "There is an obvious confusion there between two questions, what to teach and how to teach it. Does the failure of the New Math to present a specific topic necessarily imply that teaching this topic has no merit? The New Math has
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 What If...  Clare Williams, Deputy Head; Four Dwellings Infant School, Birmingham, U.K.
Some Mathematical Challenges for Key Stage One: part of the Year of Numeracy sponsored by the Birmingham City Council's Education Department. Questions posed such as: 1. What if you started writing numbers at 1… What is the biggest number you could get
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 What is a Fractal?  Alan Beck; Glyphs
The word "fractal" was coined less than twenty years ago by Benoit Mandelbrot, whose work, The Fractal Geometry of Nature, first introduced and explained concepts underlying this new vision. Mandelbrot derived the term "fractal" from the Latin verb frangere,
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 What Is the Collaborative Classroom? (NCREL)  M.B. Tinzmann, B.F. Jones, T.F. Fennimore, J. Bakker, C. Fine, and J. Pierce
New learning and thinking curricula require collaboration. An article that addresses shared knowledge and authority among teachers and students; teachers as mediators; heterogeneous groupings of students; teacher and student roles; interactions; challenges
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 What Should I Look For in a Math Classroom?  Mathematical Sciences Education Board (MSEB)
A set of practical guidelines, with explanations of their relevance. From the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council.
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 What's Noteworthy on Learners, Learning & Schooling  Midcontinent Regional Educational Laboratory (McREL)
"The major challenges for educational reform today are putting the pieces together to create sustainable systemic change and scaling up systemic reform to encompass all schools, all programmatic areas, all levels of schooling and diverse social contexts."
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 What's Sophisticated about Elementary Mathematics?  HungHsi Wu
"The characteristics of coherence, precision, and reasoning are not just niceties; they are a prerequisite to making school mathematics learnable." In this American Educator article originally published Fall, 2009, the author goes on to unpack whole number
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 what's your favourite number?  Alex Bellos
Enter your favorite number and the reasons for your choice. Part of a research project concerning how humans relate to numbers, this international survey is being conducted by Alex Bellos, author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland and Here's Looking At
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 What Work Requires of Schools  Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
The Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) was asked to examine the demands of the workplace and whether today's young people are capable of meeting those demands as they enter employment. In carrying out this charge, the Commission
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 What Works Better than Traditional Math Instruction  Alfie Kohn
Chapter 9 from Kohn's 1999 book The Schools Our Children Deserve contains the subsections "Why the Basics Just Don’t Add Up," "Math Worth Doing," and "Inventing Facts," as well as an appendix entitled "The Hard Evidence: Math Results."
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 What Works Clearinghouse
Reviews of the effectiveness of educational intervention programs, products, practices, and policies. Among other curricula, the WWC has reviewed studies of the Middle School Math Curricula interventions Cognitive Tutor, Compass Learning, Connected Mathematics
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 Where to Start?  Cut the Knot!, Alexander Bogomolny
A discussion of math education: the intent of the NCTM Standards, reflections on the history of constructivism, classroom practices (with a link to Marilyn Burns' Math Solutions page), and a simple applet for solving linear equations. An interactive column
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 Which One Doesn't Belong?  Mary Bourassa
Also known as Imposter Sets, "Which One Doesn't Belong?" provides thoughtprovoking puzzles, each with many different, correct ways of identifying the exceptional shape, number, graph, or equation from the colorful 2 × 2 grid of similar ones.
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 Which Polygon Sides are Parallel?  NASA Lewis Learning Technologies Project
Which of these line segments are parallel? Two adjacent sides of a triangle; Two adjacent sides of a pentagon; Two opposite sides of a rectangle; Two radii of a circle. A diagram and a detailed answer are provided. From NASA's 9th Grade Math Proficiency
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 Which Problem Equals 25 Percent?  NASA Lewis Learning Technologies Project
Which problem has an answer of 25 percent? 1) 10 is what percent of 50? 2) 25 is what percent of 75? 3) 25 is what percent of 125? 4) 20 is what percent of 80? A detailed answer is provided. From NASA's 9th Grade Math Proficiency Test.
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 Whole Language Approach in Solving Word Problems (SMILE)  Barbara Thomas, Langston Hughes School
A lesson that uses the story of the Three Little Pigs to teach students to formulate addition and subtraction problems of whole numbers; relate everyday language to mathematics meaningfully; use problemsolving approaches to investigate and understand
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 Wholemovement  Bradford HansenSmith
Bradford HansenSmith presents the art and geometry of folding circles. As he explains, "Everything we know about geometry, mathematics, and all spatial arrangement and organization of matter is demonstrated by cutting into the wholeness of the sphere.
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 The Why Files  University of Wisconsin
An electronic exploration of the issues of science, math, and technology that lurk behind the headlines of the day, presenting those topics in a clear, entertaining and accessible manner. Provides a bimonthly feature on the science of everyday life, archived
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 Why Study Math? How to Study Math  Math Forum, Ask Dr. Math FAQ
Why do we need to learn math? When are we ever going to use it in real life? Math study tips.
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 Why Teach Mathematics?  Harold Brochmann
A series of articles addressing the questions Why do we have to learn this stuff? Why do we teach mathematics? Is the mathematics we teach relevant? Why is teaching mathematics so difficult?
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 Wiki Número  Wiki Número
Blog de matemática básica, calculo, estadísticas, juegos con números, ejemplos con resultados, y más. Posts, desde Marzo, 2014, incluyen "Aprenda con ejemplo la Jerarquía de Operaciones," "Formulas de Integrales,"
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 William's Home Page  William Gibbs
A collection of activities that use simple materials to help students explore mathematical concepts. Topics include: shapes and patterns made from paper circles; geometrical activities with magic paper; window patterns from geometrical shapes; where there
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 Will it rot my students' brains if they use Mathematica?  Theodore W. Gray and Jerry Glynn
Excerpts from the introduction to The Beginner's Guide to Mathematica V4. Jerry: "I have young students who reach for their calculators to get the answer to 5×6. My response, when I see that, is to explain that such behavior is socially unacceptable,
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 Wilson A. 'Snowflake' Bentley (18651931)  Tobias C. Brown
An American farmer who spent most of his life producing photomicrographs of snowflakes at his Jericho, Vermont farm. The site includes a Snow Crystal Display with a sequence of 26 images.
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 window into a math classroom  Sadie Estrella
A snapshotdriven blog subtitled "a glimpse into a math classroom once a day." Estrella's posts, enlivened with pictures of her students and of their work on classroom dryerase whiteboards, have included "Trying Math MetaCognition," "More Arguing about
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 WinFlash Flashcard Library  Open Window Software
A general purpose study program for helping students memorize math facts. Free flashcard decks and a fractions problem generator for use in mastering basic arithmetic facts. For use with any of the WinFlash series of flashcardbased learning systems.
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 Winpossible
Online math courses in Winpossible's learning environment replicate the live classroom experience through authoring, presentation and distribution technologies that allow students to hear the teacher's voice and see their handwriting over the Internet.
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