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Yay Math! A math class on YouTube
Robert Ahdoot invites you to discuss the first ever math video collection filmed in a live classroom - and the huge difference a videocamera makes for his students.
Full recording: voice, text chat, web tour
How to join
Follow this link at the time of the event:
Wednesday, April 20th 2011 we will meet in the LearnCentral online room at 6:30pm Pacific, 9:30pm Eastern time.
WorldClock for your time zone.
Click "OK" and "Accept" several times as your browser installs the software. When you see Elluminate Session Log-In, enter your name and click the "Login" button
If this is your first time, come a few minutes earlier to check out the technology. The room opens half an hour before the event.
Robert's story of Yay Math!
As several years of teaching passed, a few themes began recurring. One was that it became increasingly clear when and where my students would have difficulty within our lessons. As my colleagues know, if we tune into our students, eventually we can almost predict their questions. The next theme was that year after year, the students and I would create a positive rapport centered around the mutual goals of our studies together. That tangible energy and spirit has such genuine value, one which I felt was important to share with others in efforts to help them in their studies too. After traveling to Jamaica, the idea of videoing my classes came about. That next Monday, I brought a video camera to class, asked the students what they thought (to which they almost screamed their approval), hit record, and with the school's blessing,
went from an idea to a reality. Approaching three years since that day, nearing a million views on YouTube alone, a presence in the press and online blogs, a Facebook page that grows rapidly every week with stories of success from around the world, we've never looked back. The best part is that I feel that it's still just beginning. We have only begun a revolution in the way people achieve their educational and life goals.
What separates Yay Math from other programs are both the students in the videos, as well as the viewers online. The live student interaction sets this project apart from any other online tutorial out there, making it genuine and offering the feeling that anyone watching is in the room too. The students also are well aware that they are a part of something grand, so they feel compelled to participate in such a way that will benefit everyone involved. Then the viewers watch the videos... and I must say, that the response and feedback have been among the most inspiring and fulfilling experiences of my entire life. So many letters and calls have come in, sharing stories of despair turned to hope, so it is with that humility and gratitude that we continue to build this vision in the hopes of helping even more people.
is a high school teacher who developed a genre of live performance art: videos made as a part of regular classroom lessons. Or rather, very special lessons! But they can't be described in words. Head to the popular
Yay Math channel
and see for yourself.
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