Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

About Mathlanding

It's about teaching; it's about learning; it's about elementary math.

Mathlanding (ML) is designed with the elementary math specialist/coach/mentor and teacher in mind. It's a dynamic resource to help support the professional development needs of elementary educators in building mathematical knowledge and instructional practice. The site is created to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support teaching and learning of elementary mathematics.

A Wealth of Content

The Internet is bursting with content and we understand that wading through it can be a time consuming and demanding task. So, we're making it easy to find the “good stuff”, both for the classroom and professional development. Only the best, high quality content has been selected for Mathlanding, including lessons, interactive media, activities, games, articles and more. A team of math content experts have combed the web to select the absolute best resources available to help teach the major foundational math concepts students need to master in the elementary grades. Math topics were selected based on the requirements of the Common Core State Standardsfor Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of MathematicsFocal Points. Each piece of content was touched with an expert hand and a rigorous process of review and evaluation. Additionally, each resource has been aligned to both the CCSS and NCTM standards.

Search and Browse

A robust search engine provides users with the ability to search by keyword, math topic and grade level anywhere on the site--from the homepage to all internal pages. If a more refined search is desired, the advanced search fills that need with the ability to drill down to a granular level. Additionally, a convenient feature allows users to Browse by Standards, discovering resources by first choosing a CCSS or NCTM content standard.

As you explore on Mathlanding and discover great content, you will learn that each item contains a detailed record of information, including math topic, resource type, grade level, standards alignment, publisher, author, and rights. Much of the Mathlanding content links out to an original website and generally ML is not the owner of this content. So please be aware that content you select and reuse through ML is subject to copyright and other proprietary rights protection by each publisher.

Customized Toolset

A suite of specially designed tools have been developed to enable users to find, save, share and collaborate with fellow educators within a school, a district or across the country. My Folders allow users to easily save valued resources discovered in searching Mathlanding or the ability to upload an original document. Folders can be shared with groups of colleagues as an efficient way to work online. And users have the option of making their folders and groups either public or private.

Collections

A priority of Mathlanding is the carefully curated offering of Collections. The focus of Mathlanding collections is in two main categories, one in supporting professional development and the other for use in the classroom with students.

  • The professional development collections are expertly designed for math specialists/ coaches/mentors to use in working with elementary educators. Teachers can also use these collections to help build skills in math knowledge and practice.
  • The classroom collections are a specially selected set of resources particularly useful for students to help learn a specific math concept or for teachers looking for specific types of sites or tools.

Each collection is centered on a single topic and contains a hand selected set of high quality resources, a contextualized overview and a discussion space. A valued group of Mathlanding experts and advisors engage in the development of each collection.

A Partnership of Trusted Education Leaders

Mathlanding is an outcome of a strong partnership between these recognized education organizations.

Maryland Public Television    Maryland Public Television    Thinkport

Maryland Public Television is a not-for-profit, state-licensed public television station which serves the citizens and communities of Maryland and beyond through a variety of broadcast and nonbroadcast activities. MPT's mission is to educate, entertain and enlighten the people of Maryland and beyond through creative programs and services of the highest quality, delivered through traditional public broadcasting and new multimedia technologies.

For more than 40 years, MPT has been a valued friend to educators. Beyond broadcast, MPT produces award-winning online content including interactive media, online field trips, games and videos. The centerpiece of MPT's work in education is Thinkport, a dynamic super site for PreK-12 educators, students, communities and families. Thinkport is a gateway to FREE interactive resources, comprehensive lesson plans and activities, online courses, professional development and technology-rich teaching and learning tools. Discover Thinkport at www.thinkport.org.

The Math Forum @ Drexel    The Math Forum @ Drexel

The Math Forum @ Drexel is a leading online math learning community that began in 1992 as the Geometry Forum at Swarthmore College and was funded in its development by the National Science Foundation. It is well known for its online mentoring services Ask Dr. Math, Problems of the Week, and Teacher2Teacher, as well as its professional discussion forums and community digital libraries such as MathTools and Financial Education in the Math Classroom. Through the development of interactive services that connect higher education, K-12 schools and the workplace, the Math Forum community has created more than two million pages of content, has more than three million visits a month, and wonderful archives of lessons, problems, and questions and answers covering all topics in the curriculum. The Math Forum is now owned by Drexel University and under the Goodwin College for Professional Studies offers online courses and graduate programs for teachers and researchers that build on its extensive archive of student work and mentored interactions. These programs are informed by over 20 years of work in schools, coaching and supporting the development of problem solving and accountable math talk for improving student learning and achievement. http://mathforum.org/

International Society for Technology in Education    International Society for Technology in Education

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE's annual conference and exposition, the ISTE leadership conference, and the widely-adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. http://www.iste.org

National Service for Distributed Learning    NSDL    NSF

Mathlanding is part of the National Service for Distributed Learning (NSDL) and material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant award #0938014

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.