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Zoned for Kids

The NCES Kids' Zone is an unusual web site in many ways. It is an outreach effort of The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), an arm of the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. The NCES is responsible for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

So what does this website offer relative to the teaching and learning of mathematics. Some examples:

  • In addition to a tutorial, the web site has a good on-line applet that allows the entry of data and creation of different types of graphs (bar, line, area, pie, coordinate x-y)
  • A simple on-line dice game that shows how increasing or decreasing the number of dice rolls affects an outcome
  • To compare your students' mathematical knowledge against others throughout the world, consider using this data bank involving questions for the middle and high school grade levels. Once students respond to a set of questions, they can compare their results to others nationally and internationally on those same questions
  • By taking the "Mathematician's Quiz," students complete a unscientific profile and learn which famous mathematician shares their interests (My profile was linked to Euclid!)
  • A monthly mathematics brain teaser, plus access to an archive of past problems
The NCES Kids' Zone offers much more, such as Word-Of-The-Day, Quote-Of-The-Day, statistical information about schools, the decision process for selecting a college, and "interesting" facts about education.