Math Central

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Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Impressive depth and range will wow adults and kids alike.

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Educational value

Kids can learn answers to their mathematical questions, from a donkey transporting carrots to market, to the domain of a derivative. Kid-level content focuses on middle and high school levels, though teachers can find resources for all grades. Reading biographies and exploring real world math applications, kids can learn about the human side of numbers. Though a design update would improve usability and make access easier for kids, Math Central is a prime math resource for adults and kids alike.

Positive messages

This site goes beyond numbers to delve into math history, famous mathematicians, and more.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Math Central is an incredibly deep and ad-free mathematics resource maintained by faculty and students at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. While students must provide an email to ask specific math questions online, the plain language privacy policy is available next to the request form and the site is rated as a child-safe website by iWatchDog, the ICRA, and SafeSurf rating organizations.

User Reviews

Parent of a 2 year old Written byalice j. March 9, 2017

terrible

I dont reccommend this website to anyone. It is very untrustworthy and i have found some answers to be wrong!!! Not good enough! They are so dumb they think squ... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Math Central is a website that features math learning resources for kids as well as teachers. Mathematicians from centuries past and present peer through pentagonal frames strung across the main page. Mathematician biographies, Quandries and Queries, and Problem of the Month are primarily for kids, while the Resource Room, Mathematics with a Human Face, Teacher's Bulletin Board, Outreach Activities, and Math Beyond School are primarily for adults and teachers. The site is available in three languages: English, French, and Spanish.

Is it any good?

The only arrows to sling at Math Central are its penchant for wordiness and the fact that kids might struggle to find the kid-friendliest parts of the site. The rest is pure awesomeness. Once kids get comfortable exploring and poking around, they'll stumble upon loads and loads of amazing resources: rotating photos and biographies of male and female mathematicians (Rene Descartes and Mary Sommerville), multiple ways to get help with math questions -- direct, email, snail mail, or fax -- and a searchable list of more than 7,800 topics (wow!) organized A to Z, some with 20 or more distinct question-answers (double wow!).

Teachers and parents will find even more that's useful: the Resource Room offers a collection of informal yet thoughtful articles donated by teachers and organized by elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as mathematical topic. Sixty articles as diverse as "Carbon 14 Dating" and "Spelunking" demonstrate how math is applied in real life on the Math Beyond School page, and the outside link "Aboriginal Perspectives" sports tipi raising videos and Canadian standards-aligned lessons. Professional resources like math fairs, programs, and contests organized by province and links to professional associations are especially useful for teachers across Canada. No matter: math teachers and parents everywhere will want to make this site a regular stop. Two final teensy little arrows: the free poster pdfs would not download and a glossary most useful for kids is buried on a teacher page.

Website details

  • Subjects: Math: algebra, calculus, equations, fractions, functions, geometry, graphing, measurement, money, numbers, probability, ratio, statistics
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, initiative
    Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, asking questions, collecting data, part-whole relationships
  • Genre: Educational
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free

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