Is there a meeting place where all fraction education stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, researchers, fraction software developers) meet and collaborate? If not, do you have an advice on setting up such a place? (And, if you are interested in starting such an endeavor, please, indicate so.)

Details: I would like for such a site to capture general principles of and scientific recommendations for teaching fractions off- and online (constructivist framework), as well as best practices; to draw from the past, depict the present conditions, and form the future of fraction education; to serve for people of different backgrounds (cultures, ages, levels incl. remedial and special ed); to arch over platforms for different forms of collaboration; possibly some Intelligent tutoring systems; and, finally, to provide materials for learning and teaching, including working with error, lesson plans, and assessments, and context problems open books, which could be used by all involved parties.

From what I researched to my thesis, there is no such a collaborative place and, I believe, it would be nice if there was one. Examples somewhat close in some feature of the idea in quasi-random order: Wikiversity and Wikibooks on Primary Mathematics for open editing, Khan Academy for tracking student progress and coaching, Mathagogy and Friday Institute MOOCs for teacher collaboration, Edmono for social network for teachers and students and for teachers group, Art of Problem Solving for the student collaboration, Veritasium for working with misconceptions, Polymath for collaborative exploration, Project Euler for automatically graded competitive problem solving, stack overflow for answering questions by community of volunteers, Scratch website for collaborative project based learning, South African Dr. Math for free chat with mentors, Debuggy and Bella for working with error and learning by teaching, Craig, Chi, and VanLehn's paper for collaborative observing a dialogue, Schwarz's paper for justifying that two people with wrong opinions can arrive at a right solution, Scribblar for collaborative blackboard, Skype in the classroom for safe classrooms' cooperation, ErrEx for erroneous examples, Radix for immersive setting, SOLE for inquiry learning, Wolfram for seeing the demonstrations and automatic answers, github for cooperation on development, Slate math and Math ST for visual game learning, Fraction Hub for the teacher side of the idea, Trojsten for Slovak site on correspondence competitions (many times with proofs; corrected by volunteer university students), Japanese lesson study for improving teacher education, Teacher's tube and TED-Ed for educational videos, Dan Mayer and Realistic Math Education for contextual problems, Teaching Channel for examples of teaching, TIMSS for international comparisons, Rational Number Project for in depth exploration in fractions (along with the learning paths, research in How People Learn, Steffe and Olive, Schoenfeld, Siegler and Hejny and many others), Socratic Questioning (e.g. Garlikov), Montessori for aids and creation within boundaries, Philosophy and History of Fraction and Fraction Education for creating a context, blogs for metacognition, Facebook for messaging and collaboration, twitter for news, google hangout for collaboration "face to face," unhangout for group problem solving, wiki for summarizing the gist of the knowledge and multilingual versions, teachers pay teachers for shared materials, Tutormate for virtual volunteer tutoring (in reading), free math tutoring groups on fb and math groups and different sites on tutoring e.g. helphub.

I am aware to create such a central for learning and teaching would be very demanding, but I think it is important and that it can be slowly done if enough people took part in development. Any ideas on what else there is important to think about or how to start?



P.S. This is my first post and it does not allow me to post links, so I will post them below. Thank you for understanding, and if I made any mistakes, I will be glad if you point them out.

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    $\begingroup$ This seems more like a proposal than a question. Is the idea to create some kind of elaborate social media web site to teach children fractions? If so, then that seems kind of silly. Fractions are just one topic in math. $\endgroup$
    – user507
    Jan 19, 2016 at 22:47
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    $\begingroup$ I get what you say: it may seem strange why one should target for only one topic. However, there are many books and research projects devoted just to this area, just because proportional reasoning is so crucial to understanding all consequent material and the misconceptions are so hard to untackle. Thus, I believe that concentrating on the rational numbers while keeping in mind the number sense (preceding area) and functions (following area) is sensible and needed, and I see real lack of place where people invested in this could meet and share experiences. $\endgroup$
    – stanyas
    Jan 19, 2016 at 23:03
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    $\begingroup$ Have you seen conceptua math? This site is wonderful for teaching fractions and for virtual manipulatives. A great deal of research on fraction education went into this site.. $\endgroup$
    – Amy B
    Jan 20, 2016 at 19:53
  • $\begingroup$ I have finally found the site that can be modified to fit the model I have in mind. It is called Brilliant.org. @BenCrowell, you were probably right about the site having to cater for more than fractions. I thought it has to be build from scratch, but it is reversely: the platform is ready. @ AmyB thanks for the site, I looked there and it is, indeed, fresh and suitable for the classroom. Thank you both for feedback and ideas. $\endgroup$
    – stanyas
    Mar 8, 2016 at 18:38
  • $\begingroup$ @stanyas By now, even in the U.S., fractions are mostly little more than "calls" for procedures yielding decimals. As such I would spend as much time as possible on decimals. And, just in case, see (dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~wtg10/decimals.html) $\endgroup$
    – schremmer
    Jul 1, 2017 at 17:06


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