Saturday, December 26, 2015

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Growth mindset is a term that pops-up a lot in current writing about education. My friend Vicki Davis has written some good blog posts on the topic in the last year. But what does that term really mean? Rita Kitchen and the PERTS research center at Stanford offer a great, short introduction to the term "growth mindset." That introduction is available in the form of a TED-Ed lesson titled Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset. I appreciated the lesson for the comparison chart that appears at the one minute mark in the video.

If you've been wondering what "growth mindset" means, spend a few minutes watching the short video embedded below.

Week in Review - The Boxing Day Edition

Good morning from Connecticut where I am spending time with family and friends on this holiday weekend. Like many of you, I spent yesterday entirely offline except for posting a few Instagram pictures taken with my new selfie stick. My uncle gave it to me as a joke, but little did he know how much fun I would have with it. See the family picture to the left as evidence.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Evernote is Closing Skitch for Windows, iOS, and Android - Try These Alternatives
2. 176 Practical Ed Tech Tips
3. How to Find Public Domain and Creative Commons Images
4. A Couple More Skitch Alternatives
5. Use Google Drive to Host Online Discussions of Primary Sources
6. 10 Good YouTube Channels for Math Lessons
7. ClassHook Helps You Find Educational Video Clips

On January 5th I'm starting a new section of Getting Going With GAFE (Google Apps for Education). Three graduate credits are available in that course. More information about that course is available here.

On January 11th I'm starting a new section of Classroom Blog Jumpstart. More information about that online class is available here.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

10 Good YouTube Channels for Math Lessons

Khan Academy has kind of become the default YouTube channels for people who are searching for mathematics tutorials. But there are plenty of other great math tutorial channels that students can benefit from. Here is my short list of YouTube channels not named Khan Academy that offer mathematics lessons. 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.

The New Boston which is primarily a channel for computer science lessons 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.

Patrick JMT offers high quality math tutorials. Patrick JMT doesn't cover as many topics as Khan or Math Doctor Bob, but the videos are equally solid. 

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.

Santa Tracker and Related Google Maps & Earth Features

Once again Google has published their annual Santa Tracker website. The site displays a map of where Santa (if he was real) is traveling from his home at the North Pole. The Santa Tracker site shows you where Santa is in relation to your location at any given time. One of the neat educational tie-ins is that you can click on Santa's current location to learn more about that place. The location information is provided by National Geographic.

The Santa Tracker Christmas Traditions website offers a small collection of lessons about Christmas traditions around the world.

Outside of the Christmas season, use the Google Earth Flight Simulator to tour the world from an aerial perspective. The Google Earth Blog offers an extensive tutorial on how to use the Google Earth Flight Simulator.

Try the Collaboration Option in Triventy

Triventy is a free quiz game platform that I reviewed yesterday. One thing that I overlooked in writing my review is the collaboration option. As I mentioned in my post, you can mark your quizzes as public and let other users make a copy to use and modify in their own accounts. The part that I left out is that you can let students contribute to quizzes too. Learn more about this feature in the video embedded below.

Applications for Education
When Triventy's CEO reached out to me he suggested the following use of the collaboration option.
Teachers can invite students to add questions to their games. Typically, as a homework assignment before running the game in class. This creates a comprehensive learning experience – the students are both ‘players’ and ‘tutors’ who share their knowledge with the rest of the class.