Laptops, netbooks and TabletPCs are of little use in class if there is
not software to support learning.
software can be very expensive while other software is free. Some software
requires installing while other software can be accessed online. Whatever
you choose there is a great deal of potential to support learning.
This area of the Transum website is designed to share information about
the software that I personally recommend.
Top Ten Software
Starter of the Day. Well no surprise here. My first recommendation
is Transum's Maths lesson starters. They are designed to be projected
onto the whiteboard at the beginning of a lesson and give the student a
worthwhile activity to do while their laptops boot up. After that there
is a student activity to do following on from the idea presented
in the starter. Scroll down the Starter page to see the short URL for
the students to type into their browser.
GeoGebra. This is free
and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for learning and
teaching. It has received several educational software awards in Europe
and the USA.
Equation Editor. If you use Microsoft Office you will have access to this nice piece of software which
allows you to create beautiful mathematical expression. When you get used to using it you will find yourself pressing the shortcut key sequence (Alt =) more often. Other similar software has a similar tool.
The application features such tools as a graphing calculator and a unit
converter. It also includes a triangle solver, and an equation solver
that provides step-by-step solutions to each problem,
A great way to teach the angles of a polygon and lots more. This free
online version allows quick and easy access for your students.
A free revision resource for students studying their GCSEs featuring
written content, interactive content, audio, video and games.
TI-Nspire Student Software.
Powerful computer software that satisfies Maths and Science curriculum needs from middle school through college.
free spreadsheet program provides a number of features not present in
Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for
graphing, based on the layout of the user's data. Whether you use Excel,
Calc or the Mac equivalent a spreadsheet is perfect for investigating
number patterns or handling data.
Graph Plotter. This online interface (powerd by Desmos) is the quickest way to draw a graph. It has many useful features and settings and is always my first choice when a quick graph is needed. The cherry on the cake is that it is free. Wahoo!
MyMaths. A subscription service providing information and exercises related to the English National Curriculum.
Because I believe 'Blended Is Best' and that a good Mathematics learning programme should include a variety of types of activity including those not involving a computer, here is some software that produces printable game pieces for group work and games.
With Tarsia software you will easily be able to create, print out, save and exchange customised jigsaws, domino activities and a variety of rectangular card sort activities.