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Project Interactivate
A gold mine of interactive math activities.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Project Interactivate is presented by the Shodor Education Foundation, Inc., whose goal is the "creation, collection, evaluation, and dissemination of interactive java-based courseware for exploration in science and mathematics." It includes activities, lessons, and discussions as well as other support materials for teaching and learning important math and science concepts.
The site is attractively designed with a front-page image map that has buttons to all the main areas of the site. The site is divided into two main sections -- Learners and Instructors -- and internal pages have clearly marked links. There is also a handy site map and an on-site search tool available. A Java-enabled browser is required and there is a very helpful and detailed guide page for using the site.

Give your students experience using simple versions of the kinds of mathematical modeling tools that are used in the workplace. Project Interactivate offers students and teachers unique opportunities to explore mathematical concepts through hands on experimentation. The resources are tied to national standards and cover many topics within the broad concepts of number and operation, geometry, algebra, and probability, among others. The activities are designed to be used by students and the lessons are designed for teachers. The discussions, written in dialog format, "lead learners to concepts, introduce vocabulary, and help to develop important formulas and structure." A wealth of support materials are available, including handouts, tables, and worksheets, as well as tools such as graphing utilities, random number generators, and fraction-decimal converters that can be used with any topic. Also included is a hyperlinked dictionary, hyperlinked tables of contents from several standard texts, and a description of middle school mathematics standards from the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. This is a gold mine of supplemental materials that math teachers will want to bookmark.


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