For this project students will present a mathematical concept that we studied this year in Algebra I in the format of a video or skit. The project should be recorded on video/DVD and a written script provided. The content of the project can be presented four different ways (teach a concept, interview a person who uses a concept in real life, present a gimmick to help students remember a concept, or explain why a student needs to learn algebra) A project may have 1 to 4 members within the same class, however, you may recruit “extra’s” to be in your video that are not in your class or even in Algebra. Worth 100 points.
Rubric given to students, possible video topics, and final comment sheet each group member must complete.
This is a project that I created for my Honors Algebra I 9th grade class. It could easily be used for any math course that students have the ability to create a video. My students attend a public optional (magnet) high school in Memphis Tennessee.
I have taught high school math for over 25 years. I am not the most literate when it comes to making a video. I started by asking for suggestions from other teachers at my school which helped me to get started. I started the project in 2013 and boy was I amazed. I decided to make the project optional instead of required so that I wasn’t grading so many projects on the last few days of school. I assign the project during the few days after my students take their EOC (end of course) test. They have about 2 weeks to come up with a video. I give a short exam on the exam day and the students watch the students’ videos after they finish the exam. We have a nice time laughing and being amazed at what they come up with and although there haven’t been as many as good ones as I have seen on YouTube.com I am proud that they made an attempt. Last year I made a list of possible video topics hoping they would do more than the Pythagorean Theorem, but it still didn’t help too much. I think this year they will have to sign up for a topic and I will limit each topic to no more than two. Also last year I said they couldn’t work from students in a different class but I think I will allow that this year.