Dear Maths Teachers of the World,
A few years ago, I asked teachers to vote for their favourite mathematics websites. There are so many websites out there these days, that you simply can’t remember which one was the best or which one had those fantastic worksheets you were looking for last week. I am still determined to create a list that will help teachers all over the world to categorise, find, list and use the best possible websites available, with a preference for free resources and ideas.
I have used computers in my classroom since 1995, and I didn’t ever expect to get to the point where there were just too many resources available. I have searched the internet for years, always finding new websites and checking for updates on old favourites. Sometimes, websites I have loved and used have shut down or changed to commercial websites, but it has never stopped me from finding more than I needed for any lesson without having to pay for the resources. I have to admit though, there are one or two (such as “mymaths” and “whiteboardmaths” in the UK) that are part of my toolkit because they are excellent, and come at a very reasonable price. I have spent the last 8 years finding PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, lesson plans, schemes of work, videos, flash animations, interactive whiteboard tools, Promethean flipcharts, Smart notebook files, templates, printable graph paper, posters, blogs and hundreds of other resources designed especially for mathematics teachers and learners. But it takes plenty of time and a lot of fine tuned discernment to get the best out of all the stuff available. Well that’s what I have done for you! So now again, with the beginning of the new school year in the UK, I will continue to share and show you all the excellent resources that are available to you right now with just a few clicks.
Firstly, I’d like you to vote for your favourite websites that you use for planning, teaching or learning. There are some that you may not have heard of before, and there may be some I have omitted on my first list of best websites (I have tried to narrow it down from hundreds to just 25). I have taught in South Africa, the USA and the UK, so this list is not intended to be only for UK teachers, but because I teach in England, I do tend to choose the ones that I am most familiar with in my work. I am hoping to expand my efforts to include teachers from all over the world and I thank the many visitors at international schools for their regular visits. Please come back and visit for the results as well as my final list of the best maths resources on the internet for 2013. Have fun and please vote or leave a short comment! Steve Williams (MrWilliamsMaths)