This past spring, I was blessed with the opportunity to work on an Online Educational Resources (OER) project for my state. A group of middle school, high school, and college teachers along with an instructional coach designed and implemented a system for making curated lists of some of the internet’s best math resources. Our project was a part of the WVDE Teacher Resources for Educational Excellence (TREE) page.
Without further ado, here is the link: http://wvtreemath612.weebly.com/
Our initial steps were to decide what type of teachers we hoped to reach and what we thought they would need. We recorded the purpose, category, standards, descriptions, links, mathematical practices, and more for each and every resource submitted.
Ultimately we narrowed down the submitted information to what we thought teachers needed to comb through our over 1000 resources. That information was then placed on Google Sheets and published as the webpage in the link above.
This was an incredibly rewarding group to work with. Each teacher was committed to the making the project the best we possibly could. I was energized and renewed, which after 5 years of teaching was a bit necessary.
I’d like to give a shout out to using Google’s tools for collaboration. Google Docs for simultaneous document editing, Drive for organizing all of our files, Forms for data submission, Sheets for viewing and organizing our data, and Hangouts for quick online face-to-face meetings, all made the project run smoothly.
If you teach middle school Math 6, 7, or 8 or high school Math I, II, or II, check our links out!