Showing posts with label math videos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label math videos. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A Handful of Resources and Ideas for Valentine's Day Lessons

Valentine's Day is only a couple of days away. If you're looking for some last minute activities to do in your classroom, take a look at these resources.

Why Do We Love? is a TED-Ed lesson that explores some philosophies on why people love. The lesson won't provide you with any clear answers, but it will make you think. And isn't that what philosophers want you to do?



Storyboard That offers templates for designing and printing Valentine's Day cards. To do this your students will first have to create a simple three-frame storyboard. Then they can print the story in a foldable card format. In my video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a Valentine's Day card on Storyboard That.



Canva offers design templates for almost every card-giving occasion. That includes offering Valentine's Day card designs. In the video below I demonstrate how to use Canva to design cards.



If you're wondering if you can use Canva with students under the age of 13, please read this statement from Canva's CEO Cliff Obrecht.

The Science and Math of Valentine's Day
The following video from It's Okay To Be Smart (produced by PBS Digital Studios) explains why humans kiss, the history of symbols associated with kissing, and some cultural views of kissing. When I saw this video I immediately thought of my friends who teach middle school and high school health classes.


The following fun video, also from It's Okay to Smart, attempts to use math to determine the odds of a 25 year old woman finding love in New York. (Remember, the video is just for fun).


Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Math is Visual - Videos Demonstrations and Illustrations

Math is Visual is a website that features videos and images that are designed to help students understand mathematics concepts. There's more to the site than just some videos and pictures. With every video you will find written directions for using the visual aids in a lesson. You can find videos on Math is Visual by using the search box or by going to the how to page and choosing from the playlists on that page.

Math is Visual was developed by Kyle Pearce. In the following video he demonstrates how he used some of the math is visual concepts with his kids.


Applications for Education
If you're an elementary school teacher or a middle school math teacher who is looking for some new ideas and materials for teaching mathematics, Math is Visual is a great resource to bookmark today. Even if you don't use the visuals from the site, you can use them as inspiration for visuals that you create for your lessons. And I think that Mr. Pearce would argue that the methodology shared on the site is the most important part of all.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

ClassHook Adds a New Feature for Using Videos in Your Classroom

ClassHook is a free service that helps you locate video clips to use in your classroom. ClassHook's best feature is being able to search for video clips according to subject and topic. Most of the video clips that you'll find on ClassHook come from well-known television shows and movies.

Over the weekend ClassHook introduced a new feature that filters profanity from videos. ClassHook calls the feature "profanity skipping" and it does what the name implies. As a video plays back, any profanity in the clip is skipped. ClassHook developed this feature in response to teachers who said they had found a clip that would be useful in a lesson except for one two swear words. ClassHook's profanity skipping feature will let those teachers use those clips.

Applications for Education
ClassHook can save you time the next time that you're searching for a video clip to support a point in your lesson plan. It can also be helpful in finding a video to build a flipped lesson upon.

ClassHook uses YouTube as its source of videos. Create a YouTube playlist to organize the clips that you find through ClassHook.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Math Shorts - 21 Math Lessons from Planet Nutshell

I became a big fan of Planet Nutshell the first time that I saw their series of videos on Internet Safety. Math Shorts is another great series offered by Planet Nutshell.

Math Shorts is a series of 21 animated math video lessons. The majority of the videos are designed for third through eighth grade. Each of the videos has a Common Core standard aligned to it. All of the videos have supporting materials from PBS Learning Media attached to them. The first video in the series is embedded below.


In addition to the math videos and Internet safety videos, Planet Nutshell has also produced great videos on Financial Aid and Climate Science.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

10 Math Tutorial YouTube Channels Not Named Khan Academy

One of the most popular posts of all time on this blog featured math tutorial YouTube channels for high school and college students. That post was originally created as a response to an email from a reader who was seeking suggestions for math videos that were not on Khan Academy. This evening I took some time to update my list of math tutorial channels on YouTube that are not Khan Academy. Here's the new list.

Yay Math! features an excited teacher teaching mathematics lessons to his students. The videos capture just the teacher and his whiteboard with some feedback from students. The videos cover topics in Algebra and Geometry. You can check out the Yay Math! companion website to learn more about Robert Ahdoot, the teacher featured in the videos.

WowMath.org is developed by high school mathematics teacher Bradley Robb. His YouTube channel has more than six hundred videos covering topics in Algebra and Calculus. You can access the videos on a mobile version of WowMath too.

Patrick JMT offers of hundreds of videos covering topics in Algebra, Trigonometry, and Calculus. The channel also includes tips for answering math questions on the SAT and on the GED.

Numberphile is a neat YouTube channel about fun number facts. There are currently thirty-three videos in the Numberphile collection. The videos cover things like 998,001 and its Mysterious Recurring DecimalsPi and Bouncing Balls, and 1 and Prime Numbers.

Bright Storm is an online tutoring service. On their YouTube channel Bright Storm provides hundreds of videos for Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus. Bright Storm also offers some SAT and ACT prep videos.

Ten Marks is another online tutoring service that offers mathematics tutorial videos on their site as well as on their YouTube channel. Some of the lessons in their playlists include lessons on units of measurement, decimals, fractions, probability, area and perimeter, and factoring.

Math Class With Mr. V features seven playlists made by a mathematics teacher teaching lessons on basic mathematics, geometry, and algebra. In all there are more than 300 video lessons. Like most mathematics tutorials on YouTube, Math Class With Mr. V uses a whiteboard to demonstrate how to solve problems.

The Open University is one of my go-to YouTube channel for all things academic. A quick search on The Open University reveals seven playlists that include lessons in mathematics. The lessons that you will find in these playlists are more theoretical than they are "how to" lessons.

The New Boston is primarily a channel for computer science lessons, but it also has some good playlists of geometryalgebra, and basic mathematics lessons.

Math Doctor Bob's YouTube channel offers nearly 700 video lessons on statistics, algebra I and II, calculus, geometry, and much more. The lessons feature Doctor Bob giving the lesson in front of a whiteboard so you see him and don't just hear his lessons.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Origo One - One Minute Math Lessons

Origo One is a new YouTube channel offering one minute math lessons for teachers and students. The first few videos in the series seem to be aimed at elementary school teachers. In the first video that I watched Origo One explains why teaching the "use ten" strategy is better than having students count on their hands to complete multiplication in their heads.


The second video that I watched featured the idea of having students look for pairs of numbers in the real world to reinforce the concept of doubles or multiplying by two.


Applications for Education
These Origo One videos aren't breaking new ground, but they do offer a nice and concise representation of some elementary school math teaching strategies.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Short Math and Science Lessons in Rap Form

Rhyme 'n Learn is a series of math and science lessons presented in short rap music form. About half of the raps are provided in video format with visuals to support the lesson. The other half of the lessons are audio only, but do have transcripts available to help your students or you follow along. A couple of the video raps are embedded below.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Explore Planet Nutshell's Teacher Library for Great Educational Videos

I became a big fan of Planet Nutshell the first time that I saw their series of videos on Internet Safety. They've also produced great videos on Financial AidClimate Science, Health, Mathematics, and Physics. This morning I was exploring the Planet Nutshell website and notice that all of the education videos are now available in one section of the site labeled Teacher Library.


NetSafe Episode 1: What is the Internet? (Grades K-3) from Planet Nutshell on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Monty Hall Problem - A Math Lesson

The Monty Hall Problem is a Numberphile video in which Lisa Goldberg, an adjunct professor in the Department of Statistics at UC, Berkeley explains why over the long-run contestants on Let's Make a Deal should have always switched doors. Numberphile published a short version and a long version of this video. The long version explains the mathematics behind the strategy that Goldberg suggests. Both videos are embedded below.



Applications for Education
As I watched these videos I thought about a couple of ways to use them in a mathematics lesson.

I would present the scenario to students and ask them for their ideas about whether or not a contestant should switch doors. Then I would show the video as part of the explanation to the problem.

Another way to use these videos is in conjunction with a hands-on lesson in which students survey schoolmates during lunch or after school. Your students could create a simple three choice game, eliminate one choice, then ask if the player wants to stick or switch. The data that students gather through this activity could be used by them to determine what they think is the best strategy. Show the video explanation after the data is collected and the students have shared their data-based strategies.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Planet Nutshell Releases New Math Shorts Episodes

Late last year with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Planet Nutshell launched a new series of educational mathematics videos. Math Shorts will eventually have twenty videos in the series. With the release of the latest episodes the series now contains ten animated videos for elementary school and middle school students. Each of the videos has a Common Core standard aligned to it. All of the videos have supporting materials from PBS Learning Media attached to them. The latest episodes are embedded below.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Puffins and Fractions

Last fall Planet Nutshell started a new series of math videos for elementary school students. The latest installment in the series combines a lesson about nesting puffins with a lesson about fractions. Like all of the videos in the Planet Nutshell Math Shorts series, this video includes alignment to Common Core standards.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

The Art of Problem Solving

Last week Marilyn Just emailed me with a couple of suggestions to add to my list of mathematics resources. One of the suggestions that jumped out at me was the Art of Problem Solving. The Art of Problem Solving offers a variety of tutorial resources for students. Some of the resources are free and some are not. The highlight of the free resources is a catalog of more than three hundred short instructional videos like the one embedded below.



The bulk of the videos are designed for pre-algebra and algebra lessons.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Planet Nutshell Presents Math Shorts

I became a big fan of Planet Nutshell the first time that I saw their series of videos on Internet Safety. They've also produced great videos on Financial Aid and Climate Science. Math Shorts is the latest addition to Planet Nutshell's line-up of  animated educational videos.

Math Shorts will eventually have twenty videos in the series. Right now the series contains four animated videos for elementary school and middle school students. Each of the videos has a Common Core standard aligned to it. All of the videos have supporting materials from PBS Learning Media attached to them. The first video in the series is embedded below.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

PBS Math Club - Short Interactive Math Videos

PBS Math Club is a new YouTube channel in which students can watch and interact with math videos. Each of the videos contains a series of math lessons and challenge activities. To complete a challenge students click on the video to answer questions. If they answer correctly, they move on to the next question. If they answer incorrectly students are shown another video clip that explains the correct answer. Watch one of the videos below.


Applications for Education
PBS Math Club is just getting started. As more content is added to it, it could become a good source of flipped lesson materials. The videos utilize the YouTube annotations tool which you could also use to create your own series of interactive video lessons.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bedtime Math - Fun Math Activities for Parents To Do With Their Kids

Bedtime Math is a great site on which you can locate fun mathematics activities for elementary school and middle school students. The activities are designed for students to do at home with their parents. Of course, the activities could also be used in your classroom. The Bedtime Math activities incorporate common household objects. Today's lesson is about mixing and sharing milkshakes.

In addition to the written math lessons Bedtime Math has a few math videos that you may want to check out. I've embedded a couple of them below.



I learned about Bedtime Math through Math Munch. Math Munch provides weekly summaries of great mathematics resources from all over the web.

Monday, June 3, 2013

ULearniversity - Online Math Lessons and Practice Activities

ULearniversity is a free site featuring arithmetic and algebra lessons. On ULearniversity you can watch tutorial videos and practice the concepts taught in the videos. ULearniversity provides instant feedback on your practice problems. As a registered ULearniversity user you can track your progress.

Applications for Education
There is certainly no shortage of websites featuring flipped lessons and instructional math videos. Some are better than others. One might suit a student's preferences better than others. Therefore, it's worth trying out a few to find the one that best meets your needs.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Math Is Power 4 U - A Database of Math Videos

Last week I shared a list of ten good sources for math videos. Over the weekend I was contacted by someone suggesting that I take a look at Math Is Power 4 U. Math Is Power 4 U is a large collection of tutorial videos primarily covering topics found in middle school and high school math courses. The videos are short and direct. You could make very similar videos yourself, if you wanted to. The best aspect of Math Is Power 4 U is the searchable database of videos. The database, hosted by Phoenix College, makes it easy to quickly find a video explaining topics in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, and half a dozen other topics.


Applications for Education
If you had the time, you could make very similar videos yourself using a tool like Screencast-O-Matic. But before doing that, take a look through Math Is Power 4 U database to see if there is a video available that meets your students' needs.

Friday, April 12, 2013

10 Good Video Sources for Math Students and Teachers

Earlier this week I shared ten video sources for history students and ten video sources for science students. To wrap-up the week I have a list of ten video sources for math students. Like the other lists, I've intentionally left out Khan Academy because everyone knows about that option.

WowMath.org is developed by high school mathematics teacher Bradley Robb. His YouTube channel has more than six hundred videos covering topics in Algebra and Calculus. You can access the videos on a mobile version of WowMath too.

Numberphile is a neat YouTube channel about fun number facts. There are currently thirty-three videos in the Numberphile collection. The videos cover things like 998,001 and its Mysterious Recurring Decimals, Pi and Bouncing Balls, and 1 and Prime Numbers. I've embedded Pi and Bouncing Balls below.



Bright Storm is an online tutoring service. On their YouTube channel Bright Storm provides hundreds of videos for Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus. Bright Storm also offers some SAT and ACT prep videos.

Ten Marks is another online tutoring service that offers mathematics tutorial videos on their site as well as on their YouTube channel. Some of the lessons in their playlists include lessons on units of measurement, decimals, fractions, probability, area and perimeter, and factoring.

Math Class With Mr. V features seven playlists made by a mathematics teacher teaching lessons on basic mathematics, geometry, and algebra. In all there are more than 300 video lessons. Like most mathematics tutorials on YouTube, Math Class With Mr. V uses a whiteboard to demonstrate how to solve problems.

The Open University is one of my go-to YouTube channel for all things academic. A quick search on The Open University reveals seven playlists that include lessons in mathematics. The lessons that you will find in these playlists are more theoretical than they are "how to" lessons.

Yay Math! features an excited teacher teaching mathematics lessons to his students. The videos capture just the teacher and his whiteboard with some feedback from students. The videos cover topics in Algebra and Geometry. You can check out the Yay Math! companion website to learn more about Robert Ahdoot, the teacher featured in the videos.


Knowmia is a website and an iPad app for creating, sharing, and viewing video lessons. The website portion of Knowmia is a collection of videos made by teachers for students. There are roughly 10,000 videos in the Knowmia collection right now including lots of instructional math videos. Many of the videos are pulled from YouTube while others are hosted on Knowmia. The videos are arranged by subject and topic. Registered teachers can upload and tag their own videos.

Math Doctor Bob's YouTube channel was suggested by a reader using the Disqus ID Npisenti. Math Doctor Bob offers nearly 700 video lessons on statistics, algebra I and II, calculus, geometry, and much more. The lessons feature Doctor Bob giving the lesson in front of a whiteboard so you see him and don't just hear his lessons.

Patrick JMT Khan or Math Doctor Bob, but the videos are equally solid.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Calculating Pi With Real Pies

Tomorrow is Pi Day! To celebrate Pi Day, Numberphile has released a fun video about calculating Pi with real pies. The three minute and fourteen second video explains Pi and how it can be calculated. An extended version of the video will be available tomorrow to those who subscribe to the Numberphile YouTube channel.



After showing the video above, you might want to follow up with this video, How Pi Was Nearly Changed to 3.2.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Rhyme 'n Learn Integers Rap

Rhyme 'n Learn has just released a new educational rap video for your students' listen and viewing pleasure. The new video is all about integers. The rap video uses the Khan Academy style blackboard with a rap explanation of integers. I've embedded the video below. You can find the transcript as well as the audio for the video on the Rhyme 'n Learn website.