A Big Deal on Crackers? – A Video Story Problem

Nov 18, 2014 by

This will not be a long or profound post (not that I have many profound thoughts to share). But I am having a blast rediscovering my love for video story problems….and peanut butter crackers. The grocery store is a bountiful gold mine of learning opportunities. Great real-world math is found on every shelf, and it provides students with an instant hook connected to common experiences. There’s nothing complicated with these video story problems; I’m quiet content to pump out examples for others to use, or inspire to create their own. I’ve actually got a pretty popular workshop developed around creating them (at least the feedback collected by attendees is always positive), and I’m constantly encouraged by the way educators take the idea and turn it into something engaging within their own content area. There, a simple post, just like I promised. As I look back at my last few postings, I find...

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Estimating Sticky Notes – A Video Story Problem

Nov 7, 2014 by

I did a search on YouTube today for the terms “video story problem.” It returned more than 16 million results. Interestingly enough, many of the top results are from people creating video story problems that I’ve never met, have never been in one of my workshops, and have no links back to where they got the idea; and that’s awesome! Loving that so many other educators and students are starting to play with video to help create publicly available examples of the old “learning is messy” adage! I really enjoyed this one created by William Campillo, who tasked us with estimating the thickness of a single sticky note by using a stack of notes and one on its side. If I find some time, I might try to start curating all of the examples out there that I see popping up on YouTube. Or better yet, maybe create a...

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My Nerdiest Video Story Problem Yet!

Jun 25, 2014 by

You’re in Los Angeles for 48 hours. You have a workshop to lead, formal and informal professional gatherings to attend, and an online class with a final grading deadline looming. When all of that is done, you’re left with a couple hours to spend on sight-seeing. If you’re the average person, you might visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Beach, or stroll down Rodeo Drive. If you’re a closeted nerd like myself, you’d head straight for Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd. I have no illusions of being a graphic novel connoisseur, or an avid consumer of the Nerdist network’s podcasts. However, I do recognize the gravitas of “nerd Meccas” like Meltdown Comics and the Nerdmelt Showroom. So with the gracious permission of the staff working the store, I was able to produce a video story problem about estimating the store’s inventory; one of the best curated assemblages of...

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Video Story Problems – A Heap of Examples!

Mar 11, 2013 by

It’s been awhile since I shared some of the video story problems that I’ve created, and even longer since I showcased some of the great work by other educators and learners out there. Shame on me! There’s a LOT of awesome work getting published, and I’ve been so wrapped up lately with Read Around the Planet and travelling around to conferences getting other people excited about video in the K-12 classroom, I feel as though I’ve neglected some great digital math-based storytelling. So here goes! A whole heap of video story problems for you! Oreo Permutations A video story problem in which I use a big math term, wax philosophic on the nature of stuffing an Oreo with Oreos, and challenge students to create their own flavor combinations of Oreos.   Emily’s Driving Dilemma Andy Losik’s first venture into the video story problem space (at least through the channel)...

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Michigan Educators, You Need a Smile Today

Dec 6, 2012 by

Public educators in Michigan have been under an extreme amount of pressure and stress lately. Our state legislature is getting ready to completely overhaul the funding model of public education, create a state-wide school district that is untethered from meeting assessment standards should the Governor choose, and then this happened earlier today. I’m not going to go into more detail (for now) and debate where I stand on any of these issues. The unfortunate reality is that what I feel is good or bad in all of this news is moot; elected officials making these changes are in the majority, and pointing out positive or negative highlights in any of the legislation isn’t what’s going on right now in our state. In fact, just about the only thing happening in our state right now is both sides pointing fingers at each other and trying to both yell the same...

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Thanks for the Paper, Target! Here’s a Video Story Problem!

Oct 9, 2012 by

Last week my school district received a very large donation of spiral bound notebooks from the Target Corporation. 5 full palettes, stuffed with lined paper notebooks, showed up at the loading docks, and news was quickly spread through the district of it’s availability. Not to underestimate the power of teachers in need of school supplies, I ran down to the loading area to grab some footage of the paper before it had been sent off to all the buildings. The result was a rather simplistic, almost math “bookish” type story problem, although I did leave out any formula or other strategy that might help students. I simply stated the question “How many sheets of paper are there here”, and then gave them any information they may or may not need in order to solve the problem. You can view the multiplying paper video story problem below, or on Vimeo...

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