> We have created a sample topic page at > http://www.guaranteach.com/fractions and would be > most grateful for any feedback on your part. As > teachers, would you ever use this resource? How might > you use it? Is it a good idea? > > Regards, > Austin
Having a large library of video shorts about math topics was a long term goal of mine, starting with my 'Videogrammatron' TV show idea, submitted to Childrens Television Workshop in the 1980s, based on the idea of 'Sesame Street' (basically a compilation of video shorts).
YouTube and Google Video are your chief competition at the moment, though your monthly subscription fee is negligible i.e. almost free. Any well organized teacher group might comb through Youtube and find some stellar presentations on Fractions (I just watched a few, comparing with yours).
Per Whitman's famous saying "The teaching is to the teacher and comes back most to him", our newer goal is to have the students themselves learn video production skills, maybe not in math class, and to leverage these as a means to improving student comprehension, i.e. if you teach, you will learn.
The school intranet may be the primary repository though, not YouTube. We don't want to force students to publish in a world readable venue if that's not their preference, have more freedoms to "assign" (strongly encourage) the making of teaching videos, if we don't insist on making them public.
Keeping it short and pithy is a skill in itself.**
Students seeing others about their own age, speaking a same language, displaying mastery of mathematical concepts is itself a motivator. We counter peer pressure to "dumb down" in this way, work against other stereo- typing e.g. having native Americans teach one another Python helps cut out the middle man and/or frustrates some hidden agenda of wanting to slow it all down (education for ethnic minorities has sometimes lagged where it has the potential to competitively outstrip, move to the other side of the bell curve if ya know what I mean).