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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Video Story Problem – Newton’s Laws of Motion

Mar 15, 2012 by

Late last summer I went on a video-binge, capturing so many video story problem concepts that my iPhone and Flip cam┬áregularly ran out of battery power before mid-afternoon snack time. While recharging and importing all of the videos to my laptop, I dumped all of the videos in folder, which I mostly forgot about until recently. Most of the videos weren’t terribly interesting after looking at them a second time, but a few stood out, particularly one I took from a playground at an elementary school somewhere in the middle of the “thumb” area of Michigan. The playground had one of those “zip line” pieces of playground equipment, and I couldn’t resist a chance to zip across the playground. It reminded me of my intern teaching, when I put together a small project, asking the students to share examples of Newton’s Laws of Motion in the real world. At...

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Weekend Homework: Exploding Applesauce

Nov 19, 2010 by

In the spirit of last week’s Video Story Problem, I thought I’d put together a conceptual story problem as an example for science teachers. Every year I make and can my own applesauce. It’s something that I like to do for Christmas gifts, and because my family is fanatical about applesauce (we have two young kids, which helps). Last year, I had a bit of a mishap, in that one of the canning jars I was using decided to explode (well, the bottom was blown out), and I had a HUGE mess in the canner. I took a bunch of video after the fact because I thought it would come in handy someday, and it turns out that today is that day I included a few variables and data in the video problem, but like any real world investigation I didn’t provide all the clues and information. For instance,...

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Weekend Homework: Video Story Problem

Nov 12, 2010 by

The age old line is that story problems are often boring, tedious, and mind-numbingly complex to solve. I never really prescribed to any of those thoughts as I was a math nut (until I took Calculus). Many teachers have found creative and efficient ways for students to tackle story problems, and thus relieve some anxiety involved with being introduced to numbers within a body of text, as opposed to the more didactic numeric expression. Which of course is pretty puzzling, considering that the real problems our learners are going to experience with math in the real world are not going to be written neatly in proper notation and expressions; they’re going to be embedded in real life problems, trips to the super market, on the job tasks, and complicated recipes. So it struck me last night, why not turn story problems into video problems? Using video taps into our...

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