Tuesday, 26 February 2013

You Tube Hints

Media Converter
Media Converter is a free online program that allows you to save clips from the web.  Very handy to have to save that hard to find clip or if you don't have internet access.

I have used InfinteLooper for looping a video. I was showing a clip of a figure scatter doing a pirouette in my physics class. The clip was only a few seconds long and wanted to talk about her speed of the spin and her arms. I found having it looping on the board as they walked in or as I was talking a great help rather than going back and always hitting the play button again. This too gave students the opportunity to look at it over and over and to come to an understanding in their own time. It also was great for me as I could really focus on facilitating the discussion and extracting students knowledge.

These are only two I have used a lot so far, I am sure there are plenty more out there... Enjoy!

Student Feedback on workbooks: WWW and EBI

Correcting works books is a necessary but also important step in giving feedback to students.
At my current school they have a tradition when marking book to give feedback in a structures and straight forward manner. It revolves around 6 letters - WWW and EBI

WWW, you ask?!?! WWW.... do you mean world wide web??

No! WWW and EBI are acronyms for What Went Well and Even Better If. Its simple positive affirmation and short term goal/feedback for the student.

In this particular school its ingrained their culture so much they have stamps made up especially for this purpose.

I have found it positive little skill and idea that can be easily incorporated into your ongoing assessment.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Volume - Different defintions

Having a bottom set Year 10 group sometimes you have to be quiet creative on how you present concepts (see Usain Bolt post).

This time it was a lesson on Volume and Capacity.

I wanted a creative hook where they are engaged with the subject (sometimes difficult with this class) and create their own definition of volume with everyday situations. Its quite an unorthodox approach, but I was willing to give it ago and hopefully make it memorable for them.
I found my previous use of technology with this group was very successful with the use of Usain Bolt in the lesson of speed.

Chipmunk Clip
A bit of fun to introduce the idea of volume being the amount of space in side a shape of thing. Quite short but a surprising clip!

Mini Cooper
I start by asking how many people can fit in a car? Most will say 5. I use this idea to extend their thinking by saying well, is all available space being taken up or is there still room? This clip demonstrates the World Record attempt of squeezing the most people into a mini cooper. Again, this is designed to show them volume is the total available space in a shape.
A more formal documentary type clip on the World Record Attempt can be found here.
The Train

Rather than opening this clip up in You Tube, I used a website called Media Converter to save it as a media file. I did this because I didn't like the title that has been set on You Tube. I don't feel like its necessary to name the country where the footage was shot and detracts from the point of the clip.

Creating a definition of "Volume" or any concept is important as I found that sometimes the least obvious answer is the one that comes out first - like volume is the level of sound. Clarifying or picking up small misunderstands can help in the long run. :)