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Ancient Mesopotamian Social Classes

Hi All!

My little video here is about the social class structure in Ancient Mesopotamia.  Actually, it’s basically the same structure that applies to most of the Ancient World.  I hope you all enjoy!


Unit Rate Video

My process:

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.


Poetry in Motion via Hip Hop

The concept behind the video is that hip hop is poetry.  It is a way of getting students to write in an academic setting.  It is also a way to get students to interpret what they listen to.  Too often, I’ve seen young people enjoying music that may be against who they are.  For example, a young man who is gay may listen to a dance hall song that is insulting them.  This happens because people listen to the beat instead of the lyrics. 

I would use this video to show that behind the sound are words.  I would also use this to show that those who listen to music, any form of music, are a part of poetry.  I want to also show students that they can write about anything.  There are injustices to write about.  There are everyday experiences to write about. 

In addition to showing this video, I would have students choose a song of their own and create an interpretive video.  This interpretive video would accompany a poem inspired by the music they have chosen.  Their creativity would be displayed to motivate them and to build community schoolwide.

I enourage you to leave your comments. 


Music by KRS One – ‘My Philosophy’








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 1 Ideas

I was thinking of doing a video that could demonstrating some of the concepts associated with 3D objects, and specifically, their surface area (ie: that means painting) and volume (that means filling, ie: with water) so that the students can actually see what is going on.

I was also thinking of taking some math videos (already made) and designing accompanying narration or guided questions to help the students focus on the important parts (a form of”selecting” I suppose).