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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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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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