MathCasting

I am sitting in Toby Beck’s NCCE session about MathCasting. He has students create screencasts in which they explain solutions to math problems. Teachers also create a full set of explanatory lessons for the curriculum. Students benefit by reflecting on their solutions so that they may explain them.

Toby uses OneNote and Jing, but this is similar to Darren Kuropatwa’s SmartBoard-based class blogs. One only needs a platform that can record student finger or pen input. I suspect that an iPad solution also exists. Both teachers suggest that students use images to apply mathematical concepts to real-world problems. Student blogs also serve as their electronic portfolios.

I am curious that this approach has gained some traction in mathematics. Perhaps there is something about this abstract subject that lends itself well to an explanatory medium.

3 comments

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  2. Bob Toleno says:

    “One only needs a platform that can record student finger or pen input. I suspect that an iPad solution also exists.”

    As of one month ago, an iPad solution does exist:
    http://doceri.com

    Doceri is a software suite that runs on your iPad and on your computer (Mac or Windows). Doceri lets you use the iPad’s touchscreen to write directly on your computer’s desktop, all over Wi-Fi. Essentially, Doceri replaces the need for an expensive interactive whiteboard at the front of the room, leaving the teacher free to present information on the board from anywhere in the classroom.

  3. Richard says:

    Bob, that’s close, but I’m thinking of a hybrid of citation, annotation, and notetaking software. I’d like a tool that works equally well on iOS and computer that allows students to take notes naturally, marking up documents and aggregating those notes in a single location. Doceri looks interesting, but then what will we do with our dozens of interactive whiteboards and projectors! ;^)