Next Vista and quality of videos

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Join Rushton Hurley and Corinne Takara of Next Vista in this discussion of math video projects, video quality and the recent video contest.

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Next Vista Creative Compositions Contest

In December 2011, Math Future community volunteers were invited to evaluate math videos from the Next Vista contest.


Rushton Hurley, Next Vista (contest organizer)
Maria Droujkova, Math Future
Linda Stojanovska, St. Clement University, Macedonia, and GeoGebra Wiki
Marie Brodsky, Kids Consult
Murray Bourne, IntMath
Mike Thayer, Summit High School, NJ and Hyperbolic Guitars blog
Julia Brodsky, Art of Inquiry

All reviewer comments and discussion

Top videos

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Collecting Like Terms

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Count to Ten

Rubrics for a good video: First draft

Please comment on this draft in this page's discussion or in Math Future email list topic. As of now, rubrics aren't ordered or grouped.

Maybe we can group rubrics by themes?
Should we stop separating positive qualities and problems, but instead formulate everything in positive terms?
It would be nice if reviewers could add "like" or something to videos they liked then and there, and leave comments by videos, as well.

Positive qualities
  • Fun, engaging (Linda)
  • Handwriting - easy to relate to, engaging (Linda)
  • Sum up the topic at the end (Linda, Marie B.)
  • Quality is good enough for mobile devices (Linda)
  • Clear speaking, well-modulated, enthusiastic, friendly, confident voice, good pace of speech (Linda, Marie B.)
  • Beautiful animations, computer graphics, special effects (Linda, Marie B., Maria D.)
  • Use of underlining, color, arrows and other visual elements for structure (Linda, Marie B.)
  • Captioning (Linda, Marie B.)
  • Multiple representations of math (Murray, Maria D.)
  • Show and explain why the content is needed (Marie B., Julia, Murray, Maria D.)
  • Creative use of familiar, everyday analogies, especially beautiful, funny or cute ones (Marie B., Mike, Maria D.)
  • Repetition, with different visuals or examples (Linda, Marie B.)
  • Clear diagrams (Marie B.)
  • Good pace (Linda, Marie B.)
  • Makes people laugh (Marie B., Maria D.)
  • Historical references, background of the topic (Marie B.)
  • Clear focus on helping the target audience, and good understanding of who they are (Julia, Rushton, Murray)
  • Demonstrated love, joy, and care about the topic and math in general (Julia)
  • One (short) video, one concept (Murray)
  • Separate information clearly into component parts and structure the sequence of parts well (Murray, Maria D.)
  • Use open licensed (for example, Creative Commons) media or cite copyrighted media under Fair Use guidelines (Murray)
  • Easy prompts such as whiteboard, showing that anyone can easily make a video (Linda, Maria D.)
  • Use physical actions by actors to show/personify mathematical actions; for example, moving like terms physically through the room (Mike)
  • Straightforward examples (Mike)
  • Prompts and jump points that can easily start discussions or hands-on activities (Mike)
  • Involving family and friends (Marie B., Maria D.)
  • Visuals (even briefly "flashed") bringing attention to key words in a spoken sentence (Maria D.)
  • Using a coherent theme for analogies in the video (Maria D.)
  • Collection of all tricky, border case examples to warn of pitfalls (Maria D.)

Problems, detractors, issues
  • Just showing symbols, without/before the meaning (Linda, Murray)
  • Symbols or text beyond reading levels of the target audience (Linda)
  • Too long (Linda)
  • Examples too easy for the concept (Linda)
  • Additional concepts implicitly required to understand (Linda)
  • Math mistakes: watch out for incorrect definitions, broken analogies, or too-broad claims (Linda, Marie B., Murray)
  • Distracting music making it hard to concentrate (Marie B.)

Event Hosts

RushtonHurley.pngCorinneOkada.jpgRushton Hurley is the executive director of Next Vista. He has taught at the high school and college level, been a school principal, worked with charter and traditional schools, and organized and run an online school. His graduate school background at Stanford includes exploring technology-enhanced learning through multi-media and speech recognition. Starting with his professional experiences and training, and adding having built connections to interested educators around the world, he is in a strong position to advance this project. Even better, the idea of helping students become more engaged in and confident with their learning is one that drives his passion and resources to make this project succeed. Give him a few minutes, and he'll convince you, too.

Corinne Takara is the executive director of Next Vista and the owner of Okada design. She is a mixed media artist and arts educator, creating large installation pieces for hospitals and private collections. Corinne teaches craft workshops at various museums in the San Francisco Bay Area.