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As the great 20th century philosophers Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross said, the best things in life are free. There is some great free stuff out there that can both enhance your teaching and save you lots of time. Here is a collection of things I have found very useful. Please, please, please let me know here if you have found any good freebies out there!

I would also recommend you check out the Maths Podcast page, as I was amazed just how much good (free!) stuff there is out there!




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mr barton's maths ebook Mr Barton's GCSE ebook of Notes and Examples i have put all my notes and exmaples from this website together in a 300+ page ebook that students can dowbload and have on their pohnes/tablets. hopefully it will make a useful revision guide
       
standards units Mr B's Standards Units Page it keeps me awake at night how little the amazing standards units (Improving Learning in Mathematics) are used in schools. you can apply for a free hard copy via the NCETM website, but I am trying to do my bit by offering all the pdf files. i hope they come in useful
       
bowland maths resources www.bowland.org.uk/ the excellent Bowland Case Studies have been around for a while now, offering high-quality rich investigational style projects. however, a more recent addition is 35 outstanding Assessment Tasks, complete with full teacher notes and supporting material
       
NCETM Departmental Workshops www.ncetm.org.uk/ these workshops from the NCETM are simply brilliant for adding structure, interest and focus to departmental meetings/inset training. the idea is that as a department you tackle 3 modules a year. all the big issues are covered, from specific topics such as fractions and converting units, to wider issues such as questioning
       
Mathematical Magic www.mathematicalmagic.com a fantastic ebook full of really impressive mathematical magic tricks to impress your students (and colleagues) from Matt Parker and Peter McOwan
       
Maths Charts

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a bright, colourful and informative set of maths posters ready to print and stick up around your classroom
       
Nuffield AMP Investigations www.nuffieldfoundation.org/ when you see the name "Nuffiled" attached to a maths resource, you know you are talking quality. these are 20 amazing rich investigational/practical tasks, complete with teacher guidance and probing questions. outstanding
       
SMP Functional Skills

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whether or not your students are taking the Functional Skills qualification, this set of excellent resources will still be very useful for coming up with the kind of real-life opening ended questions that form the basis of all new GCSEs
       
gapminder www.gapminder.org this is phenomenal. i have never seen a better way of bringing statistics to life. watch some of my video tutorials just to get a flavour of what this amazing software can do.
       
gcse extension materials www.furthermaths.org.uk some excellent resources from the wonderful Further Maths Network. they provide extension work for gifted year 11 pupils and may help bridge the gulf between GCSE and A Level
       
tsm data www.tsm-resources.com if you are ever in need of some interesting data to spice up a lesson (and i have found it makes a big difference to students' levels of engagement) then this is the place to go. scroll down to the tsm-data zip file.
       
       

cleave calculators

www.cleavebooks.co.uk
a whole host of fascinating calculators for working out everything from volume, currency conversion and power consumption. I have recorded a video on how you might use this resource here
       
tarsia jigsaw www.mmlsoft.com if you have looked through the teaching resources on this site, you will see that i can't get enough of this software. it makes creating jigsaws and follow-me cards so easy, provides you with the solution, and jumbles up the cards so the pupils can do all the time consuming cutting out! brilliant. help yourself (or add) to my ever growing bundle here!
       

jing

www.jingproject.com
a brilliant piece of software for taking snap shots of what's one your computer screen to use in worksheets or presentations. better still you can use it to capture videos, which could be used to record tutorials, possibly explaining a homework, or even for your students to build up a bank of revision videos. the potential is quite amazing.
       
autograph resources www.kangaroomaths.com kenny's pouch gets a full recommendation further down this page, but i wanted to give a special mention to Alan Catley's wonderful collection of free Autograph resources. Fantastic.
       
GCSE Higher Starters mathsteaching.wordpress.com/ 100 amazing sets of higher GCSE starters. i like to have these projected onto the IWB as the students arrive, and give them 5 minutes to solve them. keeps them sharp!
       
OCR GCSE Module Resources hamiltonmaths.wordpress.com/ OK, so not everybody does the modular OCR GCSE, and even those of us who will have it ripped out from under us in Sept 2010, but these resources are so good that i am sure they can be adapted for whatever follows. just look at the Revision Notes!
       
mediators for maths www.mathspool2.co.uk an amazing set of interactive resources from sunny Liverpool! they can be downloaded, work without the need for any specific software and can add spice to lots of lessons. fantastic!
       
       
       
rich tasks maths.explorationspace.co.uk/ 6 ideas for rich tasks, together with lesson plans and teacher support. very nice.
       
graph www.padown.dk/graph this is a really nice graphing package that performs many of Autograph's functions rather well. there is no doubt that Autograph is far superior, has many more features and is much more user friendly, but for a free graphing package, Graph is just about the best around.
       
the letters game http://csfsoftware.co.uk/ another one from the excellent CSF software. it is based on the Letters Game from the UK TV show Countdown, and challenges students to create the longest word from 9 letters. to add a maths spin, you could challenge them to create the longest "maths word", and there is the option of adding your own word lists to make sure all the classics are in there!
       
sudoku creator http://csfsoftware.co.uk/ yet another good one from csf. create and print your own sudoku puzzles, of varying difficulty, very easily indeed to keep that brain fresh and active!
       
sandfields free flash resources www.sandfields.co.uk/games quite simply, this is one of the best collection of top quality free resources for teachers I have ever seen. everything from an amazing musical countdown timer, to games, to sketch tools, all freely available online, or to download. fantastic!
       
what2learn games www.what2learn.com/games here's an interesting idea. you can design (for free) any type of maths game you like. better still, why not let your pupils have a go at designing their own games?
       
teachers report assistant www.rayslearning.com/report if report writing is one of your least enjoyable times of year, then this piece of software might be just for you! lots of well written comments (subject specific, and form tutor) which can be pieced together to make a flowing, relevant report, all for free!
       
primitives www.ptolemy.co.uk/software this is a truly fascinating piece of software from the maker of the excellent Furbles (see below). the software aims to introduce students to the concepts of prime numbers and prime factors, not by simply saying "this is what a prime number is", but by allowing them to investigate and derive it for themselves, which is the way maths teaching should be. I would also recommend viewing the accompany ATM article on the website for lesson ideas. this software has huge potential!
       
       
iTunes Podcasts   every single podcast from the iTunes music store is completely free to download, and many of them are brilliant! I have mentioned a few of the best on my Podcast page, but new ones are popping up all the time. search for "maths" or "statistics", or "puzzles" or something like that and, like me, you might just be amazed at what is available. these podcasts can be an excellent teaching device when played to the whole class. the iTunes software is free to download, and you don't need an iPod to listen to the podcasts.
       
ten quick questions www.csfsoftware.co.uk the ultimate starter and revision tool. this has been regularly updated over the last couple of years and now contains virtually every topic from key stages 3 and 4. brilliant. NOTE: this is what is known as nag ware, as the program will freeze for 30 seconds every once in a while until you buy it, but it is well worth it!
       
rich starting points e-book www.risp.net it is often thought (and rightly so), that it is harder to approach a level maths teaching in a rich, interesting way. well, check out this resource. 40 activities, complete with teacher notes, to engage a level students and deepen their understanding. visit the website, and then download the amazing free e-book
       
flickr www.flickr.com this is a photo sharing website, but which has huge potential to enhance the teaching of many maths topics. try searching for "geometry" or "constructions", and look at some of the wonderful things that come up. ready made starters and discussion materials!
       
topical application activities www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk with the eternal push towards "rich" activities, this updated 2008 bundle from CIMT might come in handy. pupil and teacher resources for each one. excellent!
       
countdown www.csfsoftware.co.uk another gem from the creators of ten quick questions. this latest version has a facility for pupils to check their answers.
       
snippy www.bhelpuri.net/Snippy a handy free tool which allows you to take a copy of any size and shape of a web page, which can then be pasted into an email, word document, or powerpoint presentation. far slicker and more convenient than using Paint!
       
scratch http://scratch.mit.edu a really interesting piece of software which lets you (or your pupils!) create your own interactive stories, animations, games, art, etc. have a look at this Maths Collection to see what some imaginative people have already come up with!
       


 
       
iwb maths resources www.yenka.com/freecontent this amazing website has close to 500 interactive classroom resources, including tools for measuring angles, manipulating equations, judging bearings, etc.
NOTE: your IWBs must have access to the internet to use them, and make sure you use the search facility at the bottom of the page or they'll take you to the paid content!
       
teacher led iwb resources www.teacherled.com more excellent resources for your IWB. some really nice stuff on algebraic substitution and probability tools, and each resource comes with clearly written instructions. NOTE: once again, you need to be on-line!
       
word search generator www.csfsoftware.co.uk and another from csf! generate your own word search very quickly indeed.
       
geogebra www.geogebra.org a brilliant program for schools who don't have either GSP or Cabri. combines the best elements of the two. free resources for geogebra can also be found here to get you up and running, and there are some tutorials here!
       
furbles ptolemy.co.uk/furbles this is a brilliant piece of software that has finally been updated and released commercially. it can be used to convey many of the basic principles of handling data, and with a little imagination can be used to teach a level concepts such as conditional provability. from the link on the left you can get a demo of the brand new version, or download the free 2003 version.
       
sketchcast http://sketchcast.com a handy little tool which has lots of potential. within a few seconds you can record a "sketch", and then forward the link onto whoever you want to see it. you can even record audio! a nice way of explaining homework, or maybe the tool could be used by students to build up a slick, electronic set of solutions to exams?
       
k-sketch www.k-sketch.org similar to sketchcast, but possibly a little slicker. you can set it to record only when you are writing, however there is no audio! give them both a go!
       
eclipse crossword www.eclipsecrossword.com we've all been there: it's getting towards the end of term, there seems little point in starting that new topic, but it would be nice if the kids could still be doing something a little mathematical. why not make them a maths crossword using this impressive (and free) software?
       
       
kenny's pouch www.kangaroomaths.com kenny's pouch is like a gift from the gods. so much brilliant stuff, and all completely free. dig in and see what you can find. my personal recommendation are the key state 3 level ladders, and the key stage 4 make the grade worksheets. both are simply brilliant for revision.
       
google sketch up http://sketchup.google.com an excellent user-friendly free sketching tool that has amazing potential to convey concepts such as plans and elevations, constructions, volume, and even trigonometry. really good tutorials and lesson ideas can be found here.
       
wink www.debugmode.com/wink if you ever want to record some steps on a computer (perhaps to design a tutorial for Autograph, or some other maths software), then this and Jing (see above) are just about the best free software around!
       
C if you can! http://clg.coventry.gov.uk a brilliant set of resources from the coventry learning grid aimed at helping pupils achieve a C at GCSE. lots of clearly presented, specifically targeted worksheets and activities free to download. combine this with kenny's pouch, and your GCSE needs are sorted!
       
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these are brilliant. they are packs produced by the DFES for children to take home during the holidays before either their SATs or their GCSEs. the idea is that the pupils send 10 minutes a day for 10 days covering each topic they will need for their exams. what i really like about them is that they provide an opportunity for parents to get involved in their children's revision. the support letter explains all.
       
       
topology and geometry software www.geometrygames.org a really nice set of downloadable (so you can play them offline) geometry software. there are tiles to make pretty patterns, a unit of lessons on multi-connected universe, and the excellent Torus Games package which explores finite and infinite spaces. excellent.
       
 
       
st. mark's maths puzzles www.stmarkschool.org a really nice set of monthly maths puzzles available to download from this american school's newsletter. the puzzles often rely on algebra and would probably be suitable for higher gcse/a level students, or G&T classes. full solutions are also provided!
       
UKMT maths challenge past papers www.ukmt-resources.org.uk past paper electronic copies of the junior, intermediate and senior maths challenges make excellent starter activities for all ages and abilities. download a few and give them a go!
       
berkeley maths circle http://mathcircle.berkeley.edu some excellent puzzles (with solutions), which would be good for an extremely able GCSE class, a keen a level group, or anyone preparing for STEP exams.
       
gcse revision worksheets www.clearcreativelearning.com a brilliant gcse textbook, covering all levels and all topics, compete with worked solutions. brilliant for homeworks or revision. the pdf version is completely free to download!
       
a level notes www.angelfire.com an excellent set of a level notes by Mike Cook which would be good for anyone either teaching or learning a level maths
       
algebra worksheets www.kutasoftware.com/free an excellent set of pdf algebra worksheets, covering all the major key stage 3-4 topics, complete with answers! ideal for homeworks or little tests.
       
m1 e-book www.teachnet-uk.org.uk. a free and expertly written textbook covering the whole of the first mechanics module. there are notes, exercises and solutions.
       
classic mistake www.classicmistake.co.uk a really good website offering a whole bundle of posters and podcasts of classic maths mistakes. ideal to stick up on the wall, or use as a starter, to provoke discussion.
       
       
       
free maths e-books www.andrewjeffrey.co.uk this nice gentleman is giving away four excellent free maths e-books: 50 great maths websites; investigations; interactive teaching programs; and tables tricks. He is also a magician who offers a "magic of maths" show for schools!
       
NCETM magazine www.ncetm.org a free weekly magazine in packed full of really good teaching ideas, really good professional development resources, and links to websites
       
puzzles www.puzzles.com loads and loads of brilliant puzzle packs to download for free. the shape stuff is amazing, and I am prone to using the logic puzzles as starters to develop thinking skills. they are as good as mysteries, but without the hassle!
free maths worksheets www.funmaths.com/worksheets an excellent set of maths worksheets in pdf format. many come with answers, and many have questions more interesting than those often found in textbooks.
       
more free worksheets! www.math-drills.com more free maths worksheets in pdf form, mostly covering key stage 3 and early key stage 4. all worksheets come with answers and would make good homework or revision activities.
       
martin gardner ebook www.g4g4.com an excellent ebook which is a tribute to the greatest maths puzzler of all time, Martin Gardner. The book features interesting articles and loads of excellent puzzles.
       
 
       
       
graphing, maths and stats software www.britishcomputercolleges some excellent on-line graphing and stats software. with this you can illustrate things like the area under a curve, arc length, and lots of 3D stuff. very good, especially if your school does not have autograph.
       
doc2pdf www.doc2pdf.net if you ever want to convert a Word worksheet into a pdf file, then this really nice (and completely free) program will do it for you!
       
free graph paper www.printfreegraphpaper.com what a nice website. you just tell it the exact type of graph paper that you want, and it gives it to you (for free) in a handy pdf form!
       
grids for IWBs! www.mcs.open.ac.uk at the last count there were some 14 free resources which can be downloaded for use on your interactive whiteboard. many take the form of interactive number grids, with content that can be hidden and then revealed. very impressive!
       
quiz software www.csfsortware.co.uk this piece of software is from the wonderful csf, and replaces their old who wants to be a millionaire product. it's the same sort of idea, but many more aspects of the quiz can be customised. the player itself is free, and comes with a 30 day trial of the quiz editor. NOTE: any quizzes you create during that 30 days can be saved and used forever!
       
my skool www.lgfl.skool.co.uk decent software designed primarily for use with Smart boards. you download the browser, and then choose from a host of other programs to download, including interactive number lines and co-ordinate grids. worth a look.
       
wisweb applets www.fi.uu.nl/wisweb an amazing set of java based applets that could be used as part of a demonstration, or an interactive computer lesson. topics include solving equations, plans and elevations, impossible objects, and so much more! click on "applets" in the top corner to get going!
       
figure this www.figurethis.org this is a really nice idea. its a pack of fun, interesting maths challenges, aimed at younger pupils, which can be freely printed out and distributed. what i like best is the fact that there is a parents' section, encouraging them to get involved with the development of their child's maths.
       
nrich packages www.nrichmaths.org some brilliant packages to download from this wonderful site. help yourself to materials about fractions, enigma codes, and football statistics.
       


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