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Math Labs October 11, 2010

Posted by Media4Math in algebra, geometry, graphing calculators, Math, media.

Video-based critical thinking activities for math are a rare thing. Math videos tend to focus too heavily on algorithms. And do we have to see a sweatered chap standing at a whiteboard “teaching” us math?

Media4Math’s Math Labs are short video clips that engage students critically. For example, this Math Lab explores slope using a fairly common experience: walking up a staircase. Students intuitively know that it’s easier to walk up a steep set of stairs in a zigzag manner than straight up the stairs, but they have never seen the connection between that experience and the concept of slope. Use this video to anchor the concept of slope, and in the process bring in some data gathering.


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