I’m a maths teacher at a secondary school in North Derbyshire. I started this site for my own students, but it’s freely available for anyone to use.
Whiteboard and touch screen friendly
This site has been set up to make it easy to use on a whiteboard. Resources offer a full screen view. Mouseover effects are used in some sections, but they aren’t essential – everything should work on a touch screen or an interactive whiteboard.
As a teacher, I know how frustrating it is to begin a lesson with a long list of instructions about how to navigate to a particular webpage I’ve planned to use. I much prefer to give the students a clickable link, either in a class webpage, or in a document or presentation that I’ve shared with them.
I’ve tried to make it easy to do that for this site. The new site is fairly straightforward to navigate, but for large resources (such as Measure Island), I’ve also provided lists of direct links to the various sub-sections.
Copyright, Creative Commons and sharing
I like sharing resources and ideas. If you’ve looked around this site, you’ll have seen that I use Creative Commons licences for my own work.
A Creative Commons licence is a form of copyright licence that allows work to be shared, with some conditions. The terms of the licence that I have chosen are here. For more detailed information, please see the copyright information page.
Flash based materials
Most of the interactive resources on this site are Flash based. I know this is a problem with the iPod Touch, iPad etc, but at the moment it’s the only realistic option for me.
I’ve included links to the source files (with Creative Commons licences), so that you can adapt the resources.
Making interactive resources with Flash requires some animation techniques and using Actionscript. I learned most of what I know about Flash and Actionscript from the SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 hours books. If you are looking for a way to get started with Flash, I highly recommend these. (My Actionscript is rather amateurish – any suggestions for improvements would be appreciated!)
Some of the activities in the Learning Zone have notes for teachers. Here are the links:
- Teachers’ notes: Easter Egg Hunt
- Teachers’ notes: Measure Island
- Teachers’ notes: Measure Island – Fool’s Gold
- Teachers’ notes: Measure Island – Marvo’s Marvellous Measures
- Teachers’ notes: Measure Island – Ruler of the Island
- Teachers’ notes: The 9 times table
- Teachers’ Notes: The Beginners’ Guide to Reciprocals
Links for teachers:
My learning (b)log is at http://www.morethanmaths.com/teacher/ It’s where I reflect on my own teaching, share some ideas and resources and generally ramble on.
I started The Link at my previous school, with the aim of sharing interesting ideas with my colleagues. Since I moved jobs it’s been a bit dormant, but I have some plans to revive it next year.