USING GOOGLE VIDEO AND YOUTUBE IN YOUR MATH CLASS














With the inception of GoogleVideo and youtube, an increasing number of entertaining, informative math videos have become available to supplement the math curriculum. The problem is that most math educators do not know that they are there.

Could You Use These Videos in Your Classroom?


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YouTube Math Tutor Group


The Math Tutor YouTube group is a collection of over 60 how-to-do math videos. It's a helpful site to direct students to for pre-teaching and reteaching. You don't have to be a member to access the group. If you would like to post or add additional videos, you need to have a YouTube account and join the group. Membership is open to the public. The group is moderated by middle school math educator Rebecca Newburn.

How could you use this Math Infomercial in your class? Could you see your students creating their own infomercials?

Here is a classic Sesame Street math video. Could your students make a video like this?




Videos Organized by NCTM Strands

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics divides the mathematics curriculum into the following strands:
Click on the links above to take you to videos that support each strand. Please feel free to add to our resources!


Other Sites for Videos

Some school systems are blocking Google and YouTube with their content filtering. This page contains sites that have math videos from other sources.

Podcasting

This new medium is slowly making its way into classrooms. There are a few educational podcasts (video and audio) available through iTunes. Most of these are free. This page has links to podcasts.


Oh No! These Sites are Blocked!

Some teachers are lucky that they do not have to worry about Google Video and Youtube being blocked by filters. A possible way around this is to download the Google Video Player to the computer that you are using to project in the classroom. At home download the movies onto a memory stick. Most of these videos are quite small. Then at school use the memory stick and Google Video Player to show all the videos you need. I have not tried this on a filtered machine but in theory it should work. A History Teacher shares some cools tools for downloading video to show at school if these sites are blocked. He also includes detailed instructions for using these tools.

Here is another site for downloading these videos if your school blocks youtube and google video.



How to Make Your Own Videos

An easy way to start using videos is to do screencasts. My first screencast was a simple instructional video showing students how to make a bloglines account. I had a bad microphone and had to record the screencast over and over. Some things I learned was this was really very easy.

My advice, have a script, have a microphone that works, and be prepared to do the screencast over until it meets your approval. This is a great way for students to start to use video because it is only their voice that is recorded. You do not have the parental hassle that filming a student and posting it to a blog or wiki brings, permission slips etc.

Here is one piece of free software I used after reading Wesley Fryers Blog. As I have searched the web here are some alternatives. Yes they will cost money. But not too much! I have not tried these products. They are just alternatives to the free software.
Bulent's Screen Recorder and the TechSmith Camista Studio 4. I use their Snagit product and love it. One of the best purchases I ever made. I would hope that their screencast tool is the same? If you know of any other screencapture software that is free or useful in your classroom, please add to this wiki.


Videos...The Old-Fashioned Way

Let's not forget that there are lots of great video clips from movies and television that illustrate math concepts. This page lists videos clips that can be shown on your VCR or DVD player and how each clip connects to math. Also, check out Math in the Movies, a great website that is a guide to major motion pictures with scenes of real mathematics.