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My First YouTube Video: How-to Hoop Dance

YouTube is a free website with a tagline of “Broadcast Yourself.” It’s full of junk and gems and it has great potential to support learning.

I unknowingly created my first YouTube videos a year ago when my dad gave me a digital camera. For my sister’s birthday, I made some how-to videos on “hooping”, a dance form using a hula hoop. She emailed me asking if it would be okay if she posted the videos to YouTube, and then added, “Well, let me know if it’s a problem because I’ve already posted them.” Jessie received so much positive feedback and requests for additional instructional videos that she created a how-to hoop dance YouTube group and a Squidoo Hooping lens featuring the videos. (Click on the link to see my first YouTube video. If you want to learn how to make a dance hoop, click on her “Other lenses by me” button at the top right.)

All of the positive feedback from the dancing videos inspired me to make some math videos. I’ve received dozens of appreciative emails about the videos. Now I have two YouTube groups specifically for helping you to learn math. One group is a pre-algebra group and the other is about Vedic math, the ancient mental calculating system from India. Enjoy!


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Mouth Revolution Video

I just got an email from my friend, Ms. Erica Priggen, who does film production. Her latest project was with Free Range Graphics, the people who created Store Wars and The Meatrix. The film is called The Mouth Revolution and I added it to the video clips on the Ecological Footprint Education site. You’ll understand how it got it’s unusual title when you see it. He!He!

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Fraction Test Retake Help

I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of vacation. I promised I’d post some resources for people who needed to take the retake. Remember in order to do the retake, you must correct the original test. The answer keys are posted in the classroom window. Retakes will be Thursday at lunch, Thursday after school and Friday at lunch. The maximum grade on a retake is 85%. Test corrections for people not retaking the test will be due by Friday for a 2% increase. Remember all people must choose two problems and write a few sentences about how to do the problem correctly.

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The following resources are on my fractions website, but here are direct links to some of the areas you may want to focus on:
1. Adding & Subtracting Fractions
2. Change Percents to Decimals
3. Change Fractions to Percents
4. Comparing Fractions & Decimals
5. Comparing Fractions, Decimals & Percents
6. Saloon Slap Game: Compare fractions, decimals and percents

There is currently a scarcity of good fractions tutorials on the web. I was planning on making a bunch of YouTube videos over the break, but I’ve been without a whiteboard for a couple of weeks and just got one made yesterday. Ugh! I’ve been playing with iMovie but I can’t upload them because I haven’t learned how to configure my new computer to my Internet at home…. so what all that means is that the YouTube videos will be a little late in their debut. Sorry. 😦 The good news is that I will be available at lunch all week if you have questions. 🙂

Here are two videos in the rough because my PC wouldn’t recognize my iMovie.
YouTube Video: Find the LCM & GCF Using Venn Diagrams
Helpful for large denominators
YouTube Video: Writing Exponents in Expanded Form
This is a basic skill needed in order to divide monomials.

Remember there is a basic multiplying & dividing monomials video on a previous post. If the concept is gotten fuzzy in your mind over the break, it would be 5 minutes well spent to watch it.

Math 7*
I have one YouTube video up about negative exponents. It’s a fairly advanced one.If you are struggling with the basic concept, come see me or get help from a friend.

See you all soon and if you haven’t checked out the 2007 New Year’s Resolution post, I recommend it.

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Fractions & Percent-Decimals-Fractions Test

The fractions, percents-decimals-fractions & multiplying & dividing monomials test is day 4 of this week. Math Tutor: Fractions is a great resource to help you prepare. This website that I created has tutorials, videos and fun games to teach you about fractions and how to change from fractions, decimals to percents. I’d love to hear your comments about the site. Leave a post.

If you haven’t see the YouTube video on multiplying and dividing monomials, I recommend it highly. It will help you to avoid common mistakes.

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Vedic Math Site

Vedic math is the math of ancient India and it’s coming back in vogue. It’s an easy and fast calculating system, and one I wish we had more time to explore in class. The cool warm-up (that sounds funny “cool warm-up”) we did today was just one example of how different and interesting math can be using this approach. Check out some of my YouTube videos and other resources on my Vedic math lens. Also if you want to see the video similar to today’s warm-up, click on the “Easy Mental Mathematics” video.

There are lots of fabulous tutorials on the “Vedic Math Tutorial.” Also explore on the “Vedic Maths India Blog.” There are dozens of posts explaining how to do Vedic maths … and you may recognize a math video star! (By the way, “maths” is not a typo. Almost every English speaking country in the world says “maths,” except the United States.)

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Integers on Squidoo

We are finishing the unit on integers. I hope that you had time to check out my Squidoo lens on integers. If you need to review positive and negative numbers, feel free to go to the site and play some of the games or watch the YouTube videos. Let me know what you enjoyed.

Check out the YouTube video on integers that I created. [YouTube=]

Make your own YouTube video about integers or any other topic we’ve studied. We can post it here and on the Squidoo lens. That would be fun!

If you find any other great sites about integers, post a comment with the link.

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