Math Central: An internet service for students, teachers and everyone else
J. Harley Weston, University of Regina will be giving a public presentation on Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 2:30 – 4:30pm in HHB 110.
An overview will be given of a bilingual Internet facility called Math Central, started in September 1995 by three faculty members in Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Regina. The purpose was to provide a collection of services for students and teachers of mathematics from Kindergarten to Grade 12. These services include the Resource Room, a searchable collection of teaching resources; Mathematics with a Human Face, profiles of mathematicians at work; a problem of the month; and much more. One of these services, called Quandaries and Queries, is a mathematics question and answer service. Questions come mainly from students but an unexpected source of questions has been people who are not in the educational system. Questions from business people, researchers and the general public demonstrate a use of Internet technology in mathematics education and learning, well beyond the point when formal education is finished. The newest section of Math Central, called Aboriginal Perspectives, is a collection of teaching resources with an Aboriginal focus.