For this week's entry, I looked at the readings and prompts and was excited to delve into this week's assignment. After reading Bates' Chapter 7: Pedagogical differences between media, I reflected on some of the approaches and tools I use in my own class and how I approach content, content structure, and skills. I love Three Act Math Plays (click here for a list) and I agree with Dan Meyer's take on why these are effective (click here to watch his TED Talk). I appreciate the simplicity of the videos he creates and how they get students engaged, predicting, and playing with math.
I feel that these Three Act Math Plays illustrate many of the points Bates made in section 7.4 Video
- Video is a much richer medium than either text or audio, as in addition to its ability to offer text and sound, it can also offer dynamic or moving pictures.
- demonstrate ways in which abstract principles or concepts developed elsewhere in the course have been applied to real-world problems;
- demonstrate practical activities to be carried out by students, on their own.
- enabling students to analyse a situation, using principles either introduced in the video recording or covered elsewhere in the course, such as a textbook or lecture;
- adding substantial interest to a course by linking it to real world issues;
- students often reject videos that require them to do analysis or interpretation; they often prefer direct instruction that focuses primarily on comprehension. Such students need to be trained to use video differently, which requires time to be devoted to developing such skills.
I also feel that these the Three Act Math Plays would promote a connectivist approach as laid out in Bates Chapter 7.7. I would love to introduce Three Act Math Plays into an LMS and have students create there own Three Act Math Plays to show understanding, collaborate with others, and create rich learning opportunities.
Another point made in Bates Chapter 7.4 Video was:
- the use of low cost cameras and free editing software enables some forms of video to be cheaply produced
(I also think this would be a great way to use cell phones in the classroom as a powerful too a thread that was mentioned in a few Tweets posted to #ECI834 hashtag - twitter.com/mackeyshelby21/status/1091197747254972416 )
This made me examine the tools that were suggested which lead me to explore and create with a tool I have, but haven't used for a long time - Apple Clips (www.apple.com/ca/clips/). I found a few good tutorials online like this one (click here to see). But I had to explore it a little more myself, so I made a Vlog on explaining how Apple Clips works in Apple Clips (Vlog covers the prompts - provide an overview of the tool as well as a review of the tool, including its strengths, weaknesses, and potential for teachers as a content creation tool.). Then I created (it was a bit cold but we got it done) a video of a Three Act Math Play and also put that into a great tool I use called Go Formative (where students can watch the video and perform and share all three acts - while providing the teacher with valuable data and students with effective and timely feedback - check it out at https://goformative.com/clone/PREHXF ) I would follow this up by having students create their own Three Act Math Plays. I would create a hub where students would be able to access and learn by watching and completing each other's plays. I think this would be very powerful. This activity would create a great repository of learning, provide constuctivist way to learn, and maybe even share on social media. I had a great time with this week's assignment (will be using in the classroom for sure) and I look forward to any comments and feedback.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.