The Math Forum

Year started: 1992
Audience(s): Teachers, mathematicians, researchers, students, and parents
Who Started It: Gene Klotz, Annie Fetter, Steve Weimar
# Members: Over 130,000 members of the subscription services and over 3 million visitors a month to the 1 million+ free pages of content.
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The Math Forum at Drexel University has been a pioneer in online community development in education since 1992.  Some of its features include:

  • Ask Dr. Math, a question and answer service for math students and their teachers and parents. A searchable archive is available by level and topic, as well as summaries of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

  • Community Conversations, social media opportunities including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, threaded discussions. The Math Forum has connected teachers, mathematicians, and researchers as part of its mission since 1992.

  • Teacher2Teacher, which grew out of the Ask Dr. Math® service, can be characterized as a peer-mentored question-and-answer service. Our T2T Associatesrespond to questions from teachers and parents about math teaching and math learning and, in particular, focus on how to best implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

  • Problems of the Week (PoWs), , inventive, engaging challenges designed to get students thinking, talking, and doing mathematics. Current PoWs cover Primary, Math Fundamentals, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, and Trig & Calculus. The Problems Library is an archive of all of the past PoWs that includes solutions sent in by students from all over the world, plus commentary from the Math Forum staff and mentors. It covers those same six Current PoW topics, plus Discrete Math. Students are encouraged to submit solutions explaining how they arrived at their answer, as the beginning of a process designed to develop their communication and mathematical thinking skills. These solutions may be mentored by volunteer or paid mentors, or by their own teacher.

  • Professional Development, which is offered both online and onsite.Teachers appreciate the Math Forum’s workshops and online support because of the focus on what they want: math content that works with their students.

  • Math Tools, a community library built around interactive math tools that use technology such as Java, Flash, spreadsheets, dynamic geometry software, graphing calculators, mobile devices (iPhones, iPads, Androids) and more. Users can search for the tools-related activities, and lesson plans, and also can save favorites, rate items, and read and participate in discussions linked to each resource.


 

 
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