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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Videos as Formative Assessment

Feb 23, 2013 by

I have this little project going over on Vimeo called the Video Story Problem Channel, and up until now most of the teachers involved have been creating a lot of really great student-created videos based around actual math from the real world (video from restaurants, home improvements stores, four wheeler races, etc.). Recently, I’ve been dabbling more with science-based videos, and wondering if there isn’t a way to encourage students and teachers in disciplines outside of the typical math classroom to latch onto the idea of creating videos of curiosity to help provide some learning experiences that are slightly more authentic than what we find in a text book (paper or digital). With that in mind, I created a short video in an attempt to provide a prompt for talking about viscosity. I intended to have the video serve as a prompt that might engage students to start thinking about what...

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Comic Sans vs. Peter Coyote

Nov 26, 2012 by

As seen on TV, Peter Coyote has one of those unmistakable voices, most recently heard narrating the excellent Dustbowl documentary on PBS. Where I didn’t expect to hear his voice, but am glad that I did, was narrating one of several of Edutopia’s videos about Assessment. I was actually assigned to watch the video as a part of a course I’m taking about blended learning environments, and besides making the totally meme-worthy image above, I couldn’t help but compare it to another video that I had watched from earlier in the module about assessment in a blended learning environment. While there are countless resources, media artifacts, and website to point to for a brief look at the differences between Formative Assessment and performance-based Comprehensive Assessment, The juxtaposition of the two piece of media I was given to watch struck me as oddly humorous. For a quick overview of what...

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A Highly Effective use of Wordle in The Classroom

Apr 5, 2011 by

While I try to keep the thoughts that I share here on my blog positive and upbeat, too often I find myself feeling bitter and stone-hearted at the amount of “fluff” being tossed around the edu-blogosphere. While thousands of blog posts are tweeted and bookmarked about how “stupefyingly awesome” new website “X” is, it can be hard to find the proverbial “diamond in the rough” that combines both the raw enthusiasm for a really cool web tool, and thoughtful teacher practitioning using said web tool. Don’t get me wrong! I fully understand that there are an elephant-crushing amount of fantastic examples of teachers blogging, writing, and sharing about powerful practice in their own classrooms. However, it always seems that those posts are hidden in an equally large mass of “fluffy” posts, that while serving an important function on many individual’s exploration of new tools, tend to get more of...

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