Published June 24, 2009
Digital Life , Education , eLearning , Math
Tags: classroom, Education, Math, mathematics, Podcasting, rss, Teachers, Teaching, teaching math
I was just trying to think of at least 10 ways to use podcasts to teach math. Can you think of any others. Please post your ideas to this post in the comments. Please note, timeliness is not an issue. I’ll be checking this post in the future.
10 ways to use podcasts (vodcasts) to teach Math?
- Post a monthly puzzler or a brain teaser as an audio recording. Students have to listen carefully to the words and vocabulary used to figure it out.
- Students share their own math stories and problems.
- Broadcast monthly updates to both parents and teachers on the types of math lessons and activities students will be focusing on.
- Create a podcast with your students on math related subjects. Your students act as researchers and reporters who broadcast the stories.
- Share any news or media stories related to math.
- Broadcast homework and major assignment reminders.
- For those who do not have video or multimedia capability. Create math puzzles, problems, and diagrams in PowerPoint then provide audio narration to go with it in the podcast.
- Find, listen to and share math podcasts that you find.
- Students create their own math riddles and share them.
- On a professional level, share your experiences teaching math with other teachers.
I found two interesting sites with math related podcasts/vodcasts:
The Math Factor (brief math converation and puzzle):
Math Train TV (math vodcasts created by middle school students): http://www.mathtrain.tv/
I love Probability with Ben & Jerry!
These students did a fairly good job demonstrating Probability. Click the image below to view the video:
Published May 1, 2008
Tags: Constructivism, Digital Immigrants, digital learning, digital media, Digital Natives, e-Learning, Education, Educators, Learning Experiences, learning projects, Learning Spaces, Multimedia, On-line Learning, On-line learning projects, Teaching, Technology
From the Learning Circuits Question of the Month
- Do you believe that we have to design, develop and deliver instruction differently for the so-called Digital Natives?
- Are there differences in learning expectations and styles or can we just design good instruction and know that it meets all generational needs?
- If you have an audience that includes natives and immigrants, how can you effectively design instruction without breaking the bank?
It’s probably best to design learning experiences from a Constructivist approach. Digital natives will become easily bored with traditional essays and quizzes. Why not have them create content in different media. I also believe that engaging more digitally savvy individuals with the less savvy digital immigrants is a good thing. Everyone should be coached to help each other learn and to ‘slow down’ or explain things when someone does not understand. This might help alleviate the feelings of frustration from the digital immigrants.
Some suggestions for learning experiences/projects:
(note this list will probably grow… this is just what I have off the top of my head)
I love wikis because they teach people how to play nicely with each other when creating content in a virtual space.
- Team built wiki (each group or individual is responsible for a different content area).
- Media share – every week someone must share a media piece or link to content/info/resources for the class subject in a common wiki area. They provide information on why they chose the item and the classmates post comments on the items in the class discussion for this page.
- Wiki story – students work together to write a story/narrative in the wiki
- Virtual Art Gallery – students showcase their artwork (art, painting, video, music, etc.). Other students can provide feedback
- Research Data – students can link to spreadsheets and text on data they’ve collected for experiments
- Develop an interpretation or a satirical take on a book or television show
- Produce a documentary or interview session on the topic of interest
- Video sharing – have students create video responses to a topic and to each other’s views on a topic
- Write a regular radio show or drama that discuss or treats the content or subject. I love this idea!
- Virtual audio responses – students can provide brief audio feedback on assignments and posts rather than written ones. This makes interaction with each other more personal in an asynchronous way.
- Develop a playground representative of a period
- Develop an interactive story area where students can interact and act out a story. They can even create their own interpretation of events in a story and take snapshots in order to retell it
- Develop a museum dedicated to a subject