BLOSSOMS Video Modules
The high school lessons in this open repository of interactive
modules are not long lectures to be watched passively, but
rather video clips that engage teachers in a "teaching duet"
with a partner whose own classroom might be a world away.
BLOSSOMS stands for Blended Learning Science or Math Studies.
Created by faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and partnering educators in Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and
Saudi Arabia, the first of BLOSSOMS' active, goal-oriented math
- Flaws of Averages (MIT)
- Flu Math Games (MIT and Wellesley College)
- Guess the Last Ball: An Exercise in Mathematical Modeling
(National University of Computer and Emerging Technologies,
- The Juice Seller's Problem (King Abdullah II Schools for
Excellence, Irbid, Jordan)
- The Pythagorean Theorem: Application and Proof (Jordan
University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan)
- Taking Walks, Delivering Mail: An Introduction to Graph
Engineering and physics videos also integrate math topics in
unique ways. English-language videos come with Arabic
voice-overs or subtitling. All lessons come with teacher's
guides, downloadable hand-outs, and additional resources.
This project, sponsored by MIT's Learning International
Networks Consortium (LINC), will soon roll out new features
such as video tagging with curriculum standards. BLOSSOMS also
plans to solicit new video lessons to extend its open
repository. For a guide of what you need to know before
submitting your own BLOSSOMS video lesson, visit
In the meantime, BLOSSOMS eagerly invites feedback from
teachers. Write firstname.lastname@example.org with your experiences
PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week
"Aaron from Israel Loring Elementary School used another common
method. I liked the way he explained that finding a percentage
is like finding...."
- Max and Suzanne, commenting on the Pre-Algebra PoW's
Celebrate Women's History Month
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Mathematical
Association of America (MAA) has posted photographs and brief
biographies of notable female mathematicians from its Women of
Mathematics poster. Subjects range from Gabrielle du Châtelet,
a contemporary of Euler and Voltaire, to female winners of
MAA's Putnam Competition.
The complete 36" by 54" poster is available for the cost of
shipping and handling. To order, call (800)331-1622 or complete
For more resources on gender equity, check out the Math Forum's
Internet Mathematics Library: