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Microsoft Excel Video

Hey guys!  I just added my video for the mid-session project.  It is on how to use some basic functions in Microsoft Excel.  I recorded it from right inside my computer using Cam Studio and my laptop’s built-in microphone to record my voice and my activities in excel.  Then I uploaded the video to youtube, and the link is at the top of this post.

Excel is a great tool to use for many different purposes.  It can be used in various math courses or computer courses to simplify calculations or to avoid having to repeat calculations for different sets of numbers.  It is also great for accountants or for people who are starting a business to keep track of your various expenses, income, taxes, and so forth.

As a teacher, excel is also a convenient tool to keep track of students’ grades, get the class average, each student’s average, etc.  This makes grading quick and easy as opposed to punching every grade in the calculator.  I would encourage you all to play around with excel on your own, or to get a CD that explains it in further detail, since there is a lot to learn from this tool in your computer!

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Project Ideas

My main idea is to create a video podcast illustrated a simple mathematical argument or proof. I may do something geometric, or maybe not; my inspiration would be the Khan Academy videos. I wonder if you know about any good tools to draw abstract shapes and text and manipulate them in a video–please let me know if you have any ideas. I wonder if there are any other forms of media that are good for this type of project–perhaps an online slide-show of some sort (with “next” and “previous” buttons so that students can proceed at their own pace).