Fresh Brownies! A Video Story Problem

Nov 10, 2011 by

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Sean Dardis, Dave Mills, and Betty Sundling to the Video Story Problem channel over on Vimeo! They earn the award for “most courageous teachers of the week” in my book for taking the first step in exploring how to make math a little more engaging, and a bit more relevant to students. The three are all 6th grade math teachers in Mattawan, and while they’ve always done a fantastic job of developing strong relationships with students, they’re exploring how they can use media to help connect with the more visual learners that are present in many schools these days. The main goal of this little video story problem project is to try and bring the real world into the classroom through math, and this brownie problem is a great first step towards that. It’s simple, direct, and tosses in a bit of cheekiness for the students...

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Video Story Problem – Water, Friction, and Force

Oct 27, 2011 by

In my never ending quest to find an engaging way to bring the real world into the classroom, I captured some video of my children and I playing with one of those massive rolling granite sphere water fountains. I’ve never really been intriqued by the tiny little desktop versions of these fountains, where a small amount of water is able to “float” a tiny granite sphere the size of a baseball, and then allow it to rotate freely. The stones usually fit in your hand, and the entire effect seems clunky and obvious. However, when you come across a stone sphere that’s more than half your height, and most likely weighs several hundred pounds, you realize there’s no possible way any one person could cause it to move or rotate with one hand. Yet all it takes is a little bit of gurgling water to set it in motion, and...

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Come Join the Video Story Problems Channel

Oct 4, 2011 by

I’ve been not so secretly trying to experiment with video, “real world math”, and how to turn a mainstay of modern mathematics instruction (the story problem) into real life examples of how you can use even the most elementary, or complex math, in your everyday experiences. And as of yesterday, I’ve got some help! The awesome elementary teachers over at the Engaging Educator’s blog have started to submit their students’ video story problems to the Vimeo channel I created, with the promise of more teachers’ and students’ work to come! While the concept of the video story problem is still very much a work in progress, there are a few basic goals that I’m striving to master. While I certainly don’t want to rely on any one “formula” for putting together a video story problem, I do have a small checklist that I’ve been forming for myself as I...

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Jul 4, 2011 by

Peace and Quiet by techsavvyed It’s the 4th of July here in the United States, a day to celebrate our independence, our freedom, but mostly in modern America what we celebrate is enjoying a little summer relaxation before the big fireworks show at night. Here’s a brief sound effect story for your ears that hopefully conveys my attempts to relax today. All of the sounds were captured by myself with the aid of my 19 month old son, and the voice memo app on my...

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My Growing Collection of Video Story Problems

May 25, 2011 by

It just occurred to me this evening that while I’ve been creating and posting a video story problem every week or so for the last few months, I haven’t really put them all in one place yet. Which is a shame really, as I think they’re actually getting better… least, I hope they are. I’ve managed to settle on a nice simple way to end most of the videos, by asking the questions “How do you set up the problem?” and “What information do you need?” As an elementary educator, one of the most important elements when working with numbers, mathematics, and story problems, is being able to assess a situation, weed out the extraneous information, and focus on what you need to solve the problem. It’s not that this doesn’t take place at the secondary level, it’s just that I find the curiosities and puzzles that I come...

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