The University of Waterloo’s award-winning Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) has expanded its collection of free online resources with the launch of courseware covering Grades 9 through 11.
This new material was developed through the CEMC by experienced teachers in partnership with faculty members and multimedia developers from the University of Waterloo. The materials feature lessons, interactive activities, enrichment challenges, and unlimited opportunity for practice with feedback. The courseware is online, free to use, and does not require registration to access.
“The CEMC’s mission is to increase interest, enjoyment, confidence, and ability in mathematics and computer science among learners and educators in Canada, and internationally. The creation and launch of this courseware will provide top-quality, free mathematical resources to support teachers and students in Canada and worldwide,” says CEMC Director Ian VanderBurgh.
This new courseware is curriculum-based, and it builds on an existing suite of courseware that includes Grade 7 and 8 Mathematics, Grade 12 Advanced Functions and Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Vectors, Problem Solving and Mathematical Discovery, and several computer science offerings. Available to teachers, students and parents, the CEMC’s resources also include past contests, problem solving opportunities, and enrichment materials.
“I use the courseware in my classroom almost exclusively. I take the problems and develop them into three-part math lessons - they have awesome problems to give to kids,” says Rebecca Channer, a teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board, adding that the courseware is accessible and approachable for all of her students.
“I love that it scaffolds so well. With every single unit we start at the basics, and at the beginning of each we get a real-life example, and pictures of where we see this math in the real world.”
Every year, CEMC online resources are viewed millions of times, by hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers from schools around the world. The full catalogue is available at no cost at https://cemc.uwaterloo.ca/resources/resources.html.