Never has a subject been in more need of a bit of help than mathematics.  ICT has the power if used creatively to help the students understand, to engage and even convert students into lovers of mathematics.

HotMaths from Cambridge –  Cambridge HOTmaths brings to you interactive online maths teaching and learning for Years 3–10.  The widgets really bring to life subject matter and make it easier to understand.

Take a look at this lecture on  it explains some ideas of how to improve maths education.  Also his blog which has some good ideas for renovating your maths classes.

Some tools will help the students model the mathematics so that they can quickly grasp the affect of for example changing a variable in a quadratic equation.  Other software such as “Mathletics” has turned maths into a sport by getting the students to complete internationally!

When searching for ways to engage students through ICT, I found a presentation on the use of games that brings home the need to look at this through the eyes of your students.  What is a good game / learning tool and what is lame and will give you no “street cred” with your students.

Phone Applications Good for many phones  IPhone, IPod touch and IPad compatible Graphing calculator.


The A-level app contains all of the really useful pure maths formulae you get on the printed cards, but with the added advantage of having it available on your mobile at the touch of a button, making it ideal for home and revision use.

Just like the printed card, the mathscard® app is completely free of charge and, even better, works on over 150 different devices, including Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Android, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, and many more!*

A GCSE version of the app is now available.

Web tools

GeoGebra is free educational mathematics software that joins dynamic geometry, algebra and calculus.Geogebra
You can do constructions including points, vectors, segments, lines, and conic sections as well as functions, which can be altered dynamically. You can also enter directly the equations like g: 3x + 4y = 7 or c: (x – 2)2 + (y – 3)2 = 25
Commands such as differentiation and integration are at your disposal. The most remarkable feature of GeoGebra is the dual view of objects: every expression in the algebra window corresponds to an object in the geometry window and vice versa.  Video introduction

Maths Helper (Free Trial)

This is a mathematics tutoring program that includes graphing, statistics, conics, point plotting and regression, vectors, matrices and complex numbers.

It is able to show working steps for many types of calculations.

Geometer’s Sketchpad (Free Trial/Inexpensive Student Edition)

Can animate maths, to allow students a deeper understandig of mathematical concepts.

Sinewave Animation.

Matrix Calculator

Desmos Online Graphing Calculator.  The Desmos calculator performs all of the options that you see in any graphing calculator.  The really cool thing is that it graphs a function as the student types it, and if the student edits what he or she has typed, the graph changes in real-time.  Price: Free.


Links to many great resources for learning mathematics.  Amongst these is  which has some great interactive learning applications.

Shopping Spree
The wizard of Math land will guide your through the world of percentages then reward yourself with a shopping spree!

Calculating With Fractions

Learn to divide and multiply with fractions.

Estimating Lengths, Areas and Angles

Take the guess-work out of estimating.

Finding Prime Factors

Taking apart numbers to get to the bottom of it all.

Greatest Common Factors

Cow stacking is easy, but there are rules; You can’t mix herds in a stack.

Least Common Multiples

Racing your friend and finding out how LCM helps you.

Measuring Distances and Angles

How high do I have to aim to throw the ball and catch him out on third base?

Sequences and Patterns

What have sunspots got to do with my cell phone?

Measuring Angles

Find out in which direction the UFO is going.

Measuring Distances

Do we have enough runway left?

Simplifying Fractions

When you’re hungry, you gotta eat, but what about your friends?

Measurement Units and Ratios

Take a road trip and use measurement units and ratios to reach your destination.

Want to learn how to quickly square a number that ends in 5? Or how to tell if a number is divisible by 3? Or maybe you’d like to know why the number 153 in the Bible is such an interesting number? That’s the kind of fun and fascinating math tricks and trivia you’ll find at CuriousMath.

Offers students and teachers quick reference guides, practice and revision materials, video tutorials, workbooks and online practice exercises on many branches of mathematics.

Multimedia tutorials that demonstrate step-by-step how to understand algebra.

Rainforest Maths
A huge collection of interactive activities that make learning maths fun.

Mathematical Thinking
Numbers pervade the fabric of our lives: from the statistics quoted in newspaper articles to the probabilities we weigh in card games. Welcome to the world of mathematical thinking: a place of risk, possibility and mystery.

Five levels of interactive activities to improve your understanding of fractions.

Create a Graph
Graphs and charts are great because they communicate information visually. But if you are confused between bar graphs and pie charts this is the site for you!

Plus Magazine
An Internet magazine covering the practical applications of maths with articles, news, puzzles and reviews.

Maths Dictionary for Kids
An animated, interactive dictionary for pupils that explains over 500 common mathematical terms in simple language.

Math Playground
An action-packed site where you can practice your maths skills, play a logic game and have some fun.

Figure It Out
Love it or hate it, mathematics has an effect on all aspects of our lives. How can maths be used to explain the world around us?

World of Mathematics
The Web’s most extensive mathematical resource, assembled over a decade by Internet encyclopedist Eric Weisstein.

A Web site for all mathematics activities in Wales.

GCSE Bitesize – Maths
Revision exercises from the BBC.

Count On
Count On is the continuation of Maths Year 2000 and will carry on the mission to popularise and promote maths for all.

Internet Mathematics Library
Just about everything you would need to know about the world of mathematics.

The Integrator
Enter any function – the Integrator has the power to do Integrals as the world has never seen before.

Cumbria Numeracy Strategy
A full range of classroom materials, teacher guides, activities, the LEA Numeracy Plan and much more.

A multimedia presentation told with Tangrams – a resource for maths, numeracy and concept of shape and space.

NRICH Online Maths Club
For school students of all ages with an emphasis on mathematical activity – this site is for interaction, not just browsing!

Over a hundred maths worksheets, tests and puzzles to print out and use.

Type in your maths problem and receive an instant solution – and an explanation of how the solution was worked out.

Math in Daily Life
How do numbers affect everyday decisions?

The journal for teachers of mathematics in primary and secondary schools, student teachers and teacher trainers.

Promotes pupils interest in maths by making maths achievement as challenging, exciting and prestigious as a school sport.

S.O.S. Mathematics
Algebra, trigonometry, calculus…

Professor Freedman’s Maths Help
Basic maths and algebra information.

The Geometry Machine
Generate 3D images of vectors, lines and planes.

Centre for Innovation
Curriculum development in maths teaching and learning.

Lots of maths activities and links.

The Grey Labyrinth
Site packed with mental puzzles and updated weekly.

Centre for Innovation Puzzle Pages
Mathematical puzzles.

The Math Forum
Maths resources and education.

History of Mathematics Archive
Collection of Maths-related materials.

Simple mathematic tricks.

Visual Calculus
A collection of modules to aid the study of calculus.

Calculus Through Graphics
First year calculus demonstrations.

Birmingham’s Maths Site
Resources and information from Birmingham City Council.


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