Once I began to look at the tools on MathTools, I found that I needed to
do quite a bit of browsing and searching to find tools that really met
my needs. I figured that other teachers have had a similar experience.
In some ways, the breadth and number of available tools results in a
barrier to entry for new folks, even with the excellent search tools and
So, I thought it would be useful if there were "Best of" pages that
newcomers could use to get started. These pages would contain short
descriptions, recommendations, and links to the best tools in a certain
arena (for example, in my case, 6th grade math). "Best of" pages could
also be organized by broader level and topic (e.g., middle school 2D
This led me to suggest some way to gather recommendations from others
and to compile this into these types of pages.
I'll contribute from my list of favorites and do more
browsing to find still others. Hopefully, our other Festers will do the