Best Math Gifts Are Free Online

Last year we compiled a list of top free yoga and meditation sites as our mission is to provide excellent free yoga and meditation to everyone (7 Best Yoga and Meditation Websites are Free). This year it is a math list and you will see the same desire/mission to give freely and change lives. Many aspects of yoga can seem as abstract as math!

There is astounding generosity all around us.  Here are priceless gifts that keep giving.  Freerice will feed a hungry mind and a hungry belly.

There is a whole world out there beyond yoga and meditation that lives and breathes the spirit of selfless giving. They will not call themselves “yogis” but semantics are irrelevant and mislead us.

Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org)

By now Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, is no longer a well-kept secret of math geeks and Ivy Leagues. With three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard, Khan has chosen to transform the teaching of math. Check out the acclaimed website.

The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Bedtime Math (www.bedtimemathproblem.org)

Girls can be just as good at math as boys! Every day this non-profit and free website sends out a math problem to its subscribers. From Wee Ones (pre-schoolers) to Big Ones (second-grade and older), there is math fun for the family that begins at a very early age. We played math games with our boys when they were young–at home, in restaurants, in cars, in planes. Grown-ups with math blocks may find themselves forgetting they are doing math! I am also recommending this site to seniors for mental fitness.

Bedtime Math is the brainchild of Laura Bilodeau Overdeck. Laura has no professional training in teaching, but she does know something about numbers.  As a kid she sat and memorized perfect squares for fun, back before it was cool.  As a mom, she (along with her husband John) started giving math problems to their two older kids; when their 2-year-old started hollering for his own math problem, they knew they were onto something, and Bedtime Math was born.  Laura holds a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA in public policy from the Wharton School.

Freerice (www.freerice.com)

We heard about the Freerice website and program on a UN tour and thought it was a wonderful idea. The website is non-profit, owned and supported by the United Nations World Food Programme. Visitors to the website get to answer multiple choice questions from the subject category of their choice (math is one). For each correct answer 10 grains of rice are donated by the website sponsors. This is another engaging and enjoyable site for mental fitness and agility for many people.

You can have fun learning and help hunger–there is hunger for food and hunger for learning.

Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme.

Freerice has two goals: 

Provide education to everyone for free. 

Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.

KidsNumbers (www.KidsNumbers.com)

Here is another person changing the world one child at a time. The Internet has democratized learning.  Kidsnumbers is part of KidsKnowIt Network. There is so much here on almost every subject and there is educational music, movies, and video podcasts. And there is no charge.

The KidsKnowIt Network was born in the Summer of 1998, when a Salt lake City, Utah, USA educator began a classroom project for his students. Frustrated with the lack of quality educational websites at the dawn of the Internet, this teacher set out to build his own….

Today, 14 years later the KidsKnowIt Network provides free access to our educational tools to tens of millions of visitors every single month. From around the globe these children come because they yearn to learn….

Mr. Bertoch believes that education should be fun, and that it should be free.

In addition, check out the following resources:

www.pbs.or/teachers/math/

http://www.mathsinsider.com/have-you-seen-these-8-high-quality-free-maths-websites/ (includes the Khan Academy and Freerice in the list of eight–but check out the BBC and NRich programs from the UK)

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