## What other Maths Blogs are out there?

We’ve been scouting around to see who else is blogging about Maths. Or about anything interesting that’s vaguely related to Maths. We’re happy to report there’s plenty of internet chatter on our favorite subject. Teachers of Functional Maths in particular should find lots of inspiration…

**GCSE Maths**

For GCSE teachers, Steve’s Maths is well worth a visit. It’s full of videos, presentations and tutorials around the GCSE curriculum, which provide more than a few teaching ideas. He also focusses on C-grade maths in a separate blog. For anyone looking for tips & advice on revision lessons, then GCSE Maths Revision is a well-focussed blog and probably the right place to go.

**Primary Maths**

If you’re interesting in Primary, and want some free resources, games, worksheets and the like, you could do a lot worse than visiting this blog: http://mathsblog.co.uk/ It’s run by a teacher called Peter, the site is very helpful and it’s frequently updated. And he certainly managed to score a plum url…

**Functional Maths**

Here’s a general interest Maths blog called, well, Math Blog. Posts are not very frequent, but they are often fasinating. Check out their post last year on probability theory and the “gambler’s fallacy”. Written at easy-to-understand level and, in fact, perfect material for a Functional Maths lesson. Wild about Math is another US-based Maths blog, much more frequently updated and also worth a visit.

You’ll find regular updates on the Plus Maths website – more of an online magazine than a blog, but worth looking at. Again, a strong emphasis on the application of maths, and plenty of food-for-thought for the Functional Maths teacher.

On which point, the world famous Freakonomics blog is a must-read. The book of the same name gave a hilarious, sometimes unnerving insight into the power of numbers and statistics in uncovering unlikely truths. A lesson based around their statistical investiagtion of sumo wrestling (and how it uncovered cheating in the sport) would offer it all: maths, statistics, sport, foul play, morality and the Orient. And the blog’s still going strong.

**Academic**

For the academically inclined, here’s a link to a page on Wiki, where you’ll find several dozen Maths blogs listed by category, e.g. statistics or problem-solving etc. These are mostly at university level. There’s a lot of general blogging about maths, and much of it is way above our Key Stage 4 focus. Ian Douglas, digital editor at the Telegraph, recommends his five favorite sites. Ars Mathematica posted a fascinating article on Polynesian stick charts: how Polynesian islanders tied together sticks to provide a rudimentary map of islands and ocean currents. Bit random but worth a read.

**Educational Issues**

On a more general note, Ewan Macintosh writes an interesting blog on general educational issues. He updates regularly and his daily email to subscribers includes a wealth of interesting links (I’ve certainly found it to be better targeted than any of my Google alerts). Check out his recent post on the differences in approach between e-learning and video game design. There’s an increasing amount of discussion about how students can learn more from gaming – this post explains why there’s such a gulf between designers of e-learning materials and game designers. It’s fascinating.

We’ll keep looking and keep updating if we find anything else worth reporting. Meantime, please share any links of your own…

Thanks for the post. Somewhat late reply, but I noticed this and thought I’d chip in. I’m curriculum manager at Whizz Education (we make Maths-Whizz for Primary and early secondary students) and frequenter of various random maths and education sites.

I’ve found About.com’s maths pages, managed by Deb Russell rather useful (http://math.about.com/). Mathsblog.co.uk is also excellent, as you say.

The US-oriented Math Mom blog (http://www.themathmom.com/) is packed with stuff. The republic of math is a regular tweeter and writes lovely in-depth articles (http://republicofmath.wordpress.com/)

I would also (of course!) suggest our own maths tutoring resources at whizz.com. Students can get free accounts with five free lessons. Or there’s a bunch of pages on key maths skills we’ve made to show off our animated lessons in various year groups, such as this one on fractions (http://www.whizz.com/maths/fractions.html).

Hope this helps.