By Christopher Boyd
Adverts & Spark Maths Subscription
To help fund further work on the website I am putting ads on the website, doing this now with schools closed will also give you a chance to give me feedback about the change by email or twitter, so I can move things which get in the way of your lessons or homework.
I am also going to offer a subscription to the website, this will be like a super ad free mode. Not only will all of the ads be removed, but I will add your school's logo/colours/branding to a password protected part of the website. Not only that, I will create a custom page layout for your department, so for example if you have a department starter/do now format you are required to use, I will create that template and a control to change the questions to any topic you like.
- No adverts.
- Your school's logos, colours and branding on every page.
- One custom page of your design. For example a department wide starter layout.
- Access to the under construction version of the A Level website.
- £96 per year.
- Works out at £8 per month.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase this, would like to know more or if you have any feedback for me.
Known issues which are being worked on:
- Web Browsers
- If an update breaks the website, try clicking Ctrl-F5 to refresh the page.
- Samsung Web Browser shows incorrect colours.
- I test the website in Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, try using one of these if you have problems.
- Question Display
- Longer questions may not fit on the page, try using "zoom out" in your browser. I am working through these over time.
- Starter questions don't always line up if each topic is a different length.
- Some statistics questions need the grammar improving or answers overlay the question.
- Timers are placeholders and not adjusted for question difficulty.
- Homework questions can't mark themselves if the answer is a diagram or complex algebra.
- Missing Topics
- Bar Charts
- Pie Charts
- Coming Soon
- A Level
- Custom Pages
Please contact me if you find anything else!
What can this website do?
I'm a Secondary School Maths Teacher but my undergraduate degree was in Computer Programming. I've been taking a break from the classroom this year so I've used the time to write some resources using my programming skills to try and make some solutions to problems that wasted a lot of my time in the classroom.
The first thing I've made is a set of basic lessons to show on your interactive whiteboard. There's starter tasks on prerequisite skills, a touchscreen writing area, multiple choice questions, matching questions/answers or true/false questions and a worksheet.
The second thing I've made is an app for smartphones with the procedurally generated questions for students to do, an area for them to write their working on and the ability to have the app mark their work.
Coming in the future is the ability to mix questions from different topics to make user designed starter tasks and assessments for teachers, or track the data of student users to use a form of AI to suggest what they should work on next.
My aim is that this makes a complete lesson on each topic, saving planning time for teachers so that they can add to what I've made and produce the more interesting parts of the lesson such as problem solving. Because the questions are procedurally generated, each activity is reusable if a class needs more time on something. The questions change each time so there's a practically infinite set of questions which could appear!
In the future I am going to add more types of activities so that what can be delivered to students using this website is more varied. I've got a few already planned or designed but I'm going to keep it to five activities for now to make bug fixing and implementing feedback easier. I'm also going to look at having a carefully selected set of questions appear first before the random questions start to appear.
My aim is that students can use this for homework, revision or even in the classroom, I'm looking at putting it on GooglePlay but you can access it in a web browser so I'm currently considering the best way to use it.
In the future I want to link YouTube videos to teach each topic and have the ability to download the question/working/answer so that it can be saved or printed, letting teachers see what work has been done.
I need to keep the list of features under control if I'm ever going to release anything useable, so before I work on these planned features I'll be busy finishing topics which I don't have any lessons for yet.
Thanks for reading and having a look at my work. If you have any feedback then get in touch, I know there are several display bugs to work on (see the list in the post above) but I'd like to hear about ways I could tweak this to be more useful.
If you like my website then I'd also appreciate it if you share it with other teachers either in your department or online!