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Maths videos

September 17, 2011
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Video provides a rich medium for teaching and learning.  It can help create motivating, memorable and inclusive learning experiences.  However, watching a video can also be a passive experience and so teaching methods must be used which instead turn it into a springboard for student action and interaction.

1. Pre-viewing

Before viewing it is important to prepare students for what they are about to see and to introduce the broad topic. Any parts of the video that you believe will challenge students can be outlined at this time. Pre-viewing exercises such as brainstorms may help to focus attention.

2. Viewing

Continuous interruptions during viewing risk breaking concentration and should be avoided. However, students can be given simple tasks to carry out while watching a video which will help them to engage with the video’s content such as asking them to take notes or to answer a question about the video.  A balance has to be found which doesn’t ask too much of students, but does help to keep them active. Predefined pause points may also act to engage students by eliciting opinions during the viewing process.

3. Post-viewing

Many different types of activity might follow on from watching a video. Content might be used to begin a discussion, individual reports might be written from different perspectives or students could role-play further scenarios.  In a maths class I usually use video to prompt discussion or as an instructional tool, let them watch and listen to someone else demonstrate a method, it is a new or different stimuli.  It is important to provide a variety and choice of stimuli throughout your teaching to cater for different learning styles.

Class clips-BBC Learning

For a selection of short videos for the Mathematics Classroom try the Class Clips from BBC Learning Zone. Choose Secondary (11-18) a subject and a topic. Note that each video has several keywords making searching possible. No post on videos would be complete without mentioning YouTube of course and Khan Academy.

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