Math Video Wins Rave Reviews
By Lookout Staff
October 30 -- If you think the only way to get your video
aired is to sing, think again and do the arithmetic.
That’s what math teacher Eric Marcos’ a sixth grade class at Lincoln
Middle School did, and their video showing the process of solving a proportion
math problem is winning rave reviews.
The video was shown during a sold-out keynote address by an internationally
recognized leader in education technology at the Los Angeles County “21st
Century Learners Symposium” in Pasadena on October 19, 2007, District
officials announced Monday.
“It’s exciting to see this student creation get recognized,”
Marcos said. “As with all math video lessons we make, this one was unrehearsed
and unscripted. With no prior training or coaching, the student in the video
was a natural.”
Keynote speaker Alan November last year had held workshops for the School Board
and educators illustrating the numerous ways technology “could be integrated
appropriately and effectively into lesson delivery,” Distract officials
said in a statement.
Now the company that creates the video software that the students used wants
to feature Marcos in an upcoming newsletter and use his videos in conferences
and travel shows, officials said.
“Mr. Marcos is a wonderful example of a Technology Trailblazer in our
school district,” said Superintendent Dianne Talarico. “His creative
use of technology engages the students and allows them to take an active part
in their own learning.
“Such methods of teaching and integration of technology not only increase
content retention, but also make the learning process fun for students,”
Marcos will be helping the district to better integrate technology into the
classroom, Talarico said. The district’s goal is to increase the use of
technology by 35 percent this year.
“Mr. Marcos and his math classes are further evidence that SMMUSD is
a World Class Public School system,” the superintendent said.
For an example of the student-created math videos visit http://www.mathtrain.com.