Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why does k-12math.info exist?
To help anyone “… to help a 7 year old (second grader) to add whole numbers” .
Be they classmates, parents of, teacher of, school content coordinator, materials developer,
curriculum designers, undergraduates and graduate students who are preparing to help.
In this age of an abundance of information, why can we not find useful information to help that
7 year old quickly so that the learning opportunity will not be lost?
2. Why is there no cost (or “sign in” requirement) to use this globally recognized open access e-learning resource?
K-12math.info has been fortunate enough to find very economical ways to handle most of the requirements needed to provide this information service.
In addition in the 1980’s, running a sole proprietorship (Mathematics Information System - MathIS ) and
working with Kinko’s Academic Courseware Exchange to provide information on
floppy disk media were not financially satisfying and took too much time. The present media mode - the Internet -
is much easier to work with, cost less and has a global audience.
3. Why are spreadsheets used to display the information in k-12math.info?
Like calendars, which are spreadsheets, they provide a broader scope of detail on a single page, which makes it easier to locate information quickly. The format also helps learning communities to develop programs in their language to
meet their elementary and secondary school mathematics needs [interestingly the spreadsheets in k-12math.info can be copied into an online spreadsheets with both the text and URLs
being copied. A simple spreadsheet program could be written that could automatically create a bibliography that could be used to help teach or write the materials].
4. Why does K-12math.info have a universal copyright notice on it?
Many years ago the website teachingOERmath.info was licensed under Creative Commons and submitted to their OER website library. To date the open access k-12math.info website with the standard copyright notice has brought much more user feedback and comments.
5. Why does K-12math.info include information on “early” math programs?
k-12math.info recognizes that a learning community’s mathematical needs change over time. By including programs from different times, content and content patterns from those periods can be understood and used in developing new materials.
The present concern over the accuracy of information in daily life situations might prompt present day mathematics materials developers to go back to materials used in the 1970’s, to understand why “logic” and “estimating” terms were integral components in elementary and secondary school mathematics
6. Accuracy of the information in K-12math.info?
Half of the time on this project is working on insuring the accuracy of the information and content patterns in this resource. Inconsistencies and incorrect information are corrected quickly.
7. Why do some resources not make it into k-12math.info content spreadsheets?
They either do not allow their content to be catalogued [Cost!] or they lack clarity on who the materials are intended for [Is this for the third, fourth or fifth grade?]
8. Will k-12math.info continue into the future?
While OER efforts seem to be going the way of floppy disks, educational films and filmstrips (in the United States), there will always be a need to know what is the content of a subject and where to find it.
Hopefully some type of quick and easy to use information system will be there helping.
9. Where did the 1,000 terms used in k-12math.info come from?
Early in the 1970's a cataloging of the content of many textbook series and an extensive collection of the School Mathematics Study Group's (SMSG) series in the libraries
at the University at Buffalo--SUNY and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio yielded the 1,000 terms used in k-12math.info. The 1,000 terms have not
been changed in the last 4 decades. Which terms are used vary based on the needs of the learning community that
created the mathematics materials.
10. Who developed K-12math.info?
k-12math.info and teachingOERmath.info are the efforts of a person who has spent most of his life providing
information to people and organizations who make things happen.
to determine global interest [they reported 80 countries visited the site with 235 returning users.
The top 4 countries were the: United States, United Kingdom, Russia [mostly through the UNESCO's
IITE organization in Moscow], and Brazil]. K-12math.info will let our users know if cookies are used.
12. Where are the 12th grade textbooks?
For historical reasons in the United States, 11th and 12th grade mathematics materials were combined
into the 11th grade textbook. Schools would select which materials would be used where. Not K-12math.info!
13. Why use Google Translate?
K-12math.info was designed with a minimal amount of verbiage to facilitate translation efforts.
The Spanish and French translations that have been used for the last 10 years on this website
came from translations done in the 1970’s (for the paper and floppy disk editions).
Maybe it is time to update. Google Translate is being considered as a possible translating resource.
Your comment would be much appreciated. Send comments to k-12math(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
Note: www.K-12math.info is not a commercial site or funded by any organization.
It is not affiliated with any website of a similar name.
The views expressed in this site are those of its creator: Jim Kelly
Send comments and questions to: k-12math(at)sbcglobal(dot)net