3 Ways to Create Math Equations

Dec 1, 2014 by

I was asked a couple of weeks ago by a teacher in my district about various ways to create math equations using software we had available to us in our district. Our teachers use a wide variety of tools, including NeoOffice, ExamView, and a host of other applications. Our Macs also include Grapher, we have access to Google Docs, and most of our teachers have Promethean Interactive Whiteboards. That means they also have access to the equation editor within ActivInspire, the software that many of our elementary and middle school teachers use to craft interactive lessons. In short, we have no shortage of ways in which math equations can be written. I wanted to make sure that I would have handy access to materials for tutorials, so I spent some time creating the following videos today. They aren’t my best screencasts, but at least they provide three quick ways...

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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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Video Story Problem – Kohl’s Cash is Like Stealing

Sep 16, 2013 by

Alright, so the promotional coupons known as Kohl’s Cash aren’t really stealing, but it sure felt like it this last weekend. I had spent a tidy sum on back to school clothes for the family over Labor Day weekend, and was rewarded for my good consumerism with promotional coupons worth $80 of merchandise at the Kohl’s chain department store. For those not in the know, Kohl’s is one of those large discount department store chains based out of Wisconsin. One of their signature hallmarks are the seemingly magical discount racks found throughout the store; %60-%80 off clothing racks are present in almost every department, and through some retail wizardry, clothes that would normally cost close to $100 are a mere fraction after further discounts and promotions. It’s almost enough to make you question the authenticity of the “original price” stickers and signs. Regardless of whether Kohl’s and other retailers...

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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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Math Rap Battle Royale

Jan 8, 2013 by

NPR had a short piece this morning about the connections being made between Algebra students at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Springs, Maryland and their teacher, Jake Scott. What made the learning environment in Mr. Scott’s classroom worthy of national attention? Mr. Scott teaches a diverse student body, where “Students come from various neighborhoods in the district, some rougher than others.” His own experience growing up mimics the reality for some of his students; selling drugs, theft, and other less than ideal past times. Which is why NPR decided to run a story about how Jake Scott is using rap to help engage his algebra students.   The idea of using rap to engage students, and get them past that extrinsic/intrinsic motivational point isn’t anything new, as Mr. Duey has been doing the same thing for many years as well right here in Michigan.   In fact, a...

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