I wanted to create a short video with one main focus so as to not cause cognitive overload by introducing too much. Since I work with students that spend entire periods in front of a computer, I realize how disengaged they become with videos that are too dense, or long. In my student teaching, I have noticed students consistently struggle with the topic of unit rate. The unit rate is the comparison of two quantities where one of the quantities is just 1. I really believe that students engage more with mathematics when teachers can make it relevant to their lives. In my video I wanted to highlight the relevance of unit rate in our lives since we deal with it so often.
At first, I was going to do an actual moving video but I couldn’t get my camera to work. Then I looked up the Ken Burns effect. I thought it looked really cool and I decided to make the video out of still shots with audio components as well as text. Working with iMovie and making the video was a really positive experience. As I built in components to the video I started to get comfortable with the different features it offers. I also liked using Flickr to find images since there were so many options that fit every description. If students had the opportunity to watch my clip, I would hope that the idea of the relevance of unit rate in their lives would stick.