Free Secondary Math Resources

Desmos: Is a free graphing calculator that you can use in your web browser on a Chromebook or any other computer using the Chrome browser. It is also available for mobile phones. Desmos has a robust website full of activities and lessons to use in your classroom. https://www.desmos.com

EquatIO: Is a popular tool that math and science teachers like to use for using handwriting, equation and formula prediction, and graphing in Google Forms, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings. The service is provided by TextHelp who also makes the popular Read & Write add-on for Google Docs. A couple of months ago TextHelp announced that EquatIO is free for teachers to use. To get a free teacher account just create an account on TextHelp. Upon approval, you will be granted access to all of the premium features that EquatIO offers. https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/free-for-teachers/

Expii Solve: Is a series of more than fifty sets of mathematics word problems. Within each set there are five problems aligned to a theme. For example, there was recently a set of Thanksgiving themed problems. The problems within each set on Expii Solve vary in difficulty so that you can pick the one(s) that best suit your students. Or you can let your students register on the site and self-select the problems that they want to tackle. In fact, that is how the site is intended to be used. Students can get instant feedback on their answers to the problems that they try to solve. Students who need a bit of help solving a problem can avail themselves of tutorials linked at the bottom of each problem page. https://v1.expii.com/solve

Globaloria: Learning math through games is a great educational tool. Globaloria allows students to create games that test STEM subjects. With a gallery full of games, students can explore creations that were made by their peers. This application aims to promote STEM subjects on a global level through games and social networking. https://globaloria.com/

Geometry Pad (IOS App): With Geometry Pad you can create fundamental geometric shapes, explore and change their properties, and calculate metrics. The shapes are displayed on a scrollable and zoomable workbook with a rectangular coordinate system.

GeoGebra: Another graphing calculator for functions, geometry, algebra, calculus, statistics, and 3D math. Includes practice sheets. https://www.geogebra.org

Illuminations: Designed by the NCTM as a unified resource for math teachers, Illuminations provides 100+ activities that align with common core standards, 600+ hands-on lesson plans, a review of standards, and hundreds of online web links and resources to find more tools and resources. https://illuminations.nctm.org

Illustrative Math: High-quality educational resources for teachers and students. Excellent math tasks, videos, lesson plans, and problem-based curriculum modules. (grades 6-8). https://www.illustrativemathematics.org

Inside Mathematics: Is frequently cited as the best, most thought-provoking task-based website used in algebra classrooms. Inside Mathematics produces tasks containing access points for all learners. Within each lesson plan there is a task, a rubric, core mathematical ideas and challenges, questions for teacher reflection, student discussion topics, graphing and analysis, and much more. Check out new features posted every month on the left-hand side as well as tools for coaches, principals, and administrators. http://www.insidemathematics.org

Jefferson Lab: Your students will love fun math games like Speed Math Deluxe, Mystery Math, Place Value Game, and more. (grades 3-11). https://education.jlab.org/indexpages/elementgames.html

Khan Academy: Is one of the world’s largest educational resources that is free for all users. Khan uses a Pretest to determine an individual’s personalized learning flow and makes use of this by showcasing mathematical understanding via the learning dashboard. The dashboard compiles statistical data of a person’s work history to demonstrate where mathematical concepts have been mastered and where they should focus for improvement. In particular, teachers can view each student’s performance through these learning dashboards to explore what they need to focus on for mastery. https://www.khanacademy.org

Kuta Software: For teachers of pre-algebra through calculus. Create the math worksheets you need, exactly how you want them, in minutes. You can also create customizable homework, quizzes, and tests. https://www.kutasoftware.com (grades 8-12)

MATHHelp: In-depth lessons with videos, guided practice, interactive self-tests, and more. (grades 5-12) . https://www.mathhelp.com

Math Forum: Created and maintained by Drexel University, offers an online community for teachers, students, parents, and anyone else who has an interest in math. On the site, students can find extra help through Ask Dr. Math. Teachers can access Math tools as well as professional development resources. Also, be sure to check out the Math Talk section to connect with other educators. https://www.nctm.org/mathforum/

Math Pickle: Is a free site that offers dozens of fun and challenging math puzzles for students of all ages. The puzzles are designed to foster collaborative problem solving over the course of 45 to 60 minutes. Almost all of the puzzles are presented as a series of small, connected problems that students need to solve to complete the puzzle presented to them. The puzzles can be viewed as slides and or downloaded as PDFs. http://mathpickle.com/organized-by-grade/

MathsBot: Tools for math teachers, including bell-ringers and drills, math tools and manipulatives, question generators, printables, and puzzles. https://mathsbot.com (grades K-12)

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NVML): This National Science Foundation-supported project provides a large library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives and concept tutorials for math instruction. http://nlvm.usu.edu (grades K-12)

NRICH Project: Led by Jo Boaler, the NRICH project aims to enhance the mathematical experiences of students by providing professional development, activities, and lesson planning. Check out the “For Teachers” section on the right-hand side for tasks, games, interactive tools, activity sets, curriculum mapping, and great ideas for group work. https://nrich.maths.org/secondary

PBS Math Club: From PBS Learning Media, middle schoolers will love this entertaining video blog. Not only does each episode cover Common Core Standards, it makes math learning culturally relevant with pop-culture references. (grades 6-9) https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-math-club/#.WmY9epM-fJM

Photomath: Was the first app to let students snap a picture to get the answer to a math problem. It will not only show students the answer it also shows the steps required to solve a math problem. Photomath is available for Android and iOS. https://photomath.net/en/

Quizlet: Students can create study flashcards, play learning games, practice skills, collaborate with other students, and more. (grades 5-12). https://quizlet.com

Real World Math: This site is intended for educators who are looking to extend the concepts presented in a traditional math curriculum by integrating Google Earth. Currently focused on middle school math or above, this site includes lesson plans, examples, and downloads for mathematics that address standards while encouraging higher order thinking skills and complex problem solving. Their video promotion gives a good overview of the potential for using Google Earth in math instruction. Although a subscription to full access of Mathalicious is $20, the free lessons and activities alone are worth a look. Mathalicious provides lessons and activities based on real-world contexts with a sharp and creative presentation. http://www.realworldmath.org

Study Geek: Mathematical vocabulary is fundamental to understanding math. Study Geek is a great learning tool that has an alphabetical glossary of thousands of math vocabulary words. There is also a selection of informative videos that cover everything from geometry to algebra. The games aim is to test math vocabulary retention, and students will enjoy playing a game and learning at the same time. http://www.studygeek.org/math_vocabulary/

That Quiz: Simple math test activities for teachers and students, from beginning math operations to calculus. You set the skill level, how many problems, and time limit. A report, which tallies right and wrong answers, is provided after each quiz. https://www.thatquiz.org (grades 3-12)

VirtualNerd: More than 1,500 video lessons ranging from middle-grade math through algebra 2. (grades 6-12) . http://virtualnerd.com

WolfRam Alpha: Promotes itself as a “computational knowledge engine.” Rather than a search engine that sifts potential sources to provides links, WolfRam aims to be the largest collection of internal computational knowledge on the internet. While many math and science educators have avoided Wolfram in the past due to its quick-answer provisions, WolfRam’s recent upgrades have introduced a fundamentally new way to explain concepts and ideas. Check out WolfRam’s Example by Topic page to browse through all that you can learn from this powerful resource. https://www.wolframalpha.com

Wolfram MathWorld: The Web's Most Extensive Mathematics Resource. As a more focused extension of the WolfRam Alpha computational engine, WolfRam MathWorld provides a concentrated mathematics resource. Thousands of mathematical educators over the course of the past decade developed this tool for application within the math classroom. Be sure to check out some of MathWorld’s Interactive Entries, updated and contributed on a daily basis. http://mathworld.wolfram.com

Would You Rather? Is a website maintained by John Stevens for the purpose of sharing quick and fun math challenges for students. Would You Rather? presents a picture with a mathematics problem that asks "would you rather?" Most of the questions have a financial aspect to them. One of my favorite examples is this challenge that asks "would you rather go on a 5-minute shopping spree in the store of your choice or get a $2,000 gift card to the store of your choice?" Would You Rather? offers a simple worksheet that your students can use to analyze the choices presented to them in the challenges. http://www.wouldyourathermath.com