Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

After reading the Official Google Blog today and noticing this link, I’ve decided that this would be an awesome way to really have students practice for the end of year “Exit” exam, which they need to pass in order to move on to the next level of Algebra. By combining YouTube and Google+, I would really be able to provide additional assistance to students that are struggling with concepts.

While trying to find some fun stuff to do with my classes, I came across the textbook, “The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking”, by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird. So I got to wondering, does Burger have any videos posted on YouTube? When I searched his name, I discovered that he has tons of videos posted that are similar to those on Kahn Academy, but then I came across one that was a bit different. I thought that this video was a great example of many of the mistakes that I see in my classes.

Because I would like to incorporate these videos into my classroom and have the students’ benefit from their content, I have also made a worksheet that the students will be able to do, with a little assistance. Since the video that Burger posted was intended for college Algebra, and since I only teach high school Algebra, I decided that #9 had to be reworked so that the students would get more out of it. So instead of looking at logarithms, which we don’t usually talk about until the end of their Algebra 2 course, I decided to include “Simplifying Fractions” into this space, since this is a common mistake that I tend to see in my classes.