What it is: Math TV is a series of video word problems for math. Each math problem comes with a step by step video solution, follow up problems, an online calculator, and sketch pad. Word problems include topics such as fractions, percentages, ratios, probability, geometry, averages, and algebra. I would have been a completely different kind of math student if I had tools like this one in school. I could solve a math problem without any trouble but a word problem was a different story all together. I think for the majority of students, word problems are a source of anxiety and frustration. Math TV is an incredible solution, it is perfect for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. You can’t go wrong!
How to integrate Math TV into the classroom: Math TV is the perfect way to teach your students the method for solving both simple and complex word problems. Use the videos for whole class instruction with a projector (an interactive whiteboard would also be great for the problem solving portion but is not necessary). The videos are also perfect for individual student practice. Set up Math TV on a classroom computer to reinforce the math skills being practiced in class. Each student (or group of students) can take turns at the Math TV center to solve the problem. Come back together as a class after each student has had a chance to solve, and go through the problem together. I love the interactivity of this tool and the ability to reach multiple learning styles which can be difficult in a math class. As an alternative to the traditional math homework, assign a Math TV episode for your students to watch and solve.
Tips: The Math TV videos are a part of a larger math site called Math Playground. Because the site is so comprehensive, I’ll be breaking it down into a few separate posts. Stay tuned for other math videos, math games, word problems, and more!
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