Video Story Problems – A Heap of Examples!

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) in which a meticulous overview of the problem solving strategies are outlined in expert 5th grade fashion! Love the blooper reel at the end, and can’t wait to see what else these learners create!


Cup Stack
A great video for elementary students working with time and decimals. Plus it has cup stacking, which is always fun to watch, even if it’s not from professional stackers 🙂 Frank Fitzpatrick put this great video together with the help of students.


Road Trip
The students in Pat Elsey’s classroom in Jackson, MI put together a deceptively easy video story problem about travelling across country, and adding up the duration of the trip. If you don’t think about time zones, you might have to rethink your answer, and think about how you can incorporate social studies content along with math.


Home Improvement Project
Another Michigan educator, Michelle Dubois (click here for her class blog), has created an entire home remodeling project with her students! She gave them all a budget, took the class to Menard’s (A regional home improvement store) and captured a lot of great video story problems about whether the students had enough in their budgets to cover their expenses.


Having played with the concept of turning traditional story problems into video story problems for over a year now, even toying with the idea of using them as formative assessment tools, I’m looking to go on a bit of a digital storytelling “evangelism” spree in the next few months. I presented at ICE this month, am planning on submitting a workshop based on video story problems for the Games, Learning, and Society Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin this Spring, and have already sent in my application for an ICE Indiana workshop for the fall.

I’d love to see more educators using video as a strategic part of developing “new literacy” skills in their classroom; I hope some of these examples help. They push me to create and challenge those around me in new directions every day.