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Great Resources From Down Under

Rex Boggs may be a recognizable name, especially for those of you who were lurkers on math list serves in the 1990's and early 2000's. He teaches mathematics and computer science at a high school in Rockhampton, Australia. Despite all of the flaming and off-base comments being made on these list serves, Rex was always the calming influence...asking the "writers" to remember that their focus should be on issues related to teaching quuality mathematics to students...not unproductive games of one-up-man-ship!

Presently, Rex focuses his energy on coordinating the web site The Interactive Mathematics Classroom, and it is a great resource. His context statement: "Students learn mathematics by DOING mathematics, and not by watching someone else do mathematics. In recent years there has been an explosion in the number of high quality digital resources available from the Net and elsewhere that allow students to investigate, explore or consolidate the topics they are learning in their maths class....Over time, it is hoped that this website will become a one-stop shop for quality interactive digital resources for mathematics education."

And, his work has produced more than 460 valuable resources and links in these content areas:

  • Algebra and Patterns
  • Calculus
  • Fractals
  • Geometry
  • Mathematical Proof
  • Measurement
  • Number
  • Probability
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Rate Ratio Proportion
  • Statistics
  • Thinking Mathematically
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • General (i.e. lessons, activities with domimoes, vocabulary and memory games, etc.)
  • Material specifric to Queensland Mathematics (also good resources)
While exploring his many resources and activities, I found many useful ideas. Thanks again Rex for providing some sanity within the often chaotic world of mathematics education.