Math & Web Design

Site #1: “Web Design for Instruction”
This site is designed to aid educators with the creation of educational websites.  The
author created the site as part of a Master’s Degree program in Educational
Communications and Technology.  Although the page was not noted as being peer
reviewed the context of its formation lends me to believe strongly in its credibility.  The
author even noted her attempts to stick to links verified by research.  The website is
very well presented and I believe that the section on multimedia is very well suited to the
needs for students in our course.  There are several links to external resources and a
very extensive reference list is included.

Site #2: “Maths Online”
This site contains interactive math applications.  Rather than have students graph a
number of closely related functions and look for patterns the applets contained on this
website give students the opportunity to see these patterns immediately. The website is
maintained by the University of Vienna.  This website is not instructional regarding the
creation of multimedia, rather it is a great example of how multimedia can be effective in
aiding students understanding of mathematical concepts.  Concepts ranged from Junior
High material through to some university level concepts.

Site #3: “The Math Page”
The Math Page is an outstanding interactive math resource for teachers and students. 
Topics range from arithmetic and basic algebra through to basic concepts covered in high
school and first year calculus.  As students read through the notes they come across pink
blanks that prompt students to complete the sentence then by simply scrolling across the
blank the answer appears.  Although the site might not help students “discover” patterns
the practice provided is an excellent resource for students.  The author teaches at the
Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Site #4: “Finite Mathematics & Applied Calculus”
This site is essentially a pre-calculus and calculus book formatted to be interactive with
students.  Each course is broken down into units and the tutorial for each unit leads
students through the notes and examples and includes a number of interactive questions
that provide instantaneous feedback for the students.  This website is another great
reference for students in precal or calculus courses.  One limitation is that I couldn’t find
out whether the authors were affiliated with a particular university or whether the site
was a just to supplement a text that they authored.  The math on the website was sound
but I suppose that the warnings outlined in the Internet Detective should be heeded as
someone with a lot of time on their hands could create such a site designed to teach the
concepts incorrectly.  That isn’t true in this case but the scam sites illustrated in the
online exercises were also well done so one can never be too sure.

Site #5: “Road Map for Educational Multimedia Design - A Content Developer’s Approach”
This website gave an approach to educational multimedia design that suits my needs at
this point in that it was very simple and straightforward and made a number of
references to specific uses, such as educational websites at parks and museums. (for
some reason that really clicked with me) The website was prepared by Ellen Dornan at
the University of New Mexico for an IT forum at the University of Georgia.