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Making Math Meaningful with Online Games and Videos

Making Math Meaningful with Online Games and Videos | Education Greece | Scoop.it

"Math can be made meaningful when connected to students’ experiences. With video clips and interactive games from public media students practice math concepts while exploring real world concepts. Learn how to decorate an intricate cake, play the role of the pharmacist, roof a house and more using PBS LearningMedia resources to measure with math."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 15, 2013 6:44 PM

PBS has great resources, and this post provides links to five math lessons as well as short descriptions and grade levels. Click through to find links to the following lessons:

* Using Recipes for Fractions (Lesson Plan and Video)

* Re-roofing Your Uncle's House Interactive Game

* Cake Designer Video

* Area of Circles with Dive Dog Interactive Game

* Dunk Tank: Area of Squares and Rectangles (Video and Interactive Games)

Quishawna Henderson's curator insight, January 23, 2013 9:48 PM

I use this often in my math classroom now.  The most difficult task is to make sure that students understand the meaning behind it!

Amy Keathley's curator insight, February 16, 2014 9:41 PM

This is definitely the direction we need to go - many students have such a hard time connect the math they learn in class to the real world and this is a step in the right direction!

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The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts!

The Innovative Educator: Want to succeed in STEM? Listen to the experts! | Education Greece | Scoop.it

This post begins with a quote from President Obama:

"“The quality of math and science teachers is the most important single factor influencing whether students will succeed or fail in science, technology, engineering and math.” From this point it veers  in a different direction, noting that the issue is that teachers "are not given the freedom to support children in ways that will produce the scientists and innovators our country needs."

If we look to our past (and our present) we will find that we are not listening to the advice that "our nation's historic inventors, scientists, and physicists (whom have shared) their advice and experiences." 

Read the article to learn the experiences of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Richard Feyman, Michio Kaku (which includes a video where he explains "that exams are crushing curiousity out of the next generation..."), as well as individuals around today such as Aaron Iba and Jack Andraka (the student who at the age of 15 created a test for pancreatic cancer).

Perhaps the question we need to ask is how do we change the system to support the necessary learning? 


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