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Middle School students are working hard on their Math Wiki. They are using a variety of tools to create tutorials (Garageband, SmartBoard Notebook, PowerPoint, Animoto).

Their latest creation to be embedded into the Wiki were Animoto Music Videos.

They created PowerPoint slides, then exported them as jpg files to be imported into Wiki were Animoto
Students are learning presentation skills and tools as they are designing the slides to create specific tutorials for math definitions and concepts they are learning in class.

“By learning you will teach;by teaching you will understand.”
~ Latin Proverb

To teach is to learn twice.
~Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842

Not only are students organizing their own thoughts and teaching each other, but they are also becoming web publishers who are inspiring and teaching math students around the world.

Locations of visitors to this page

As they were working on the slides, we learned many things about presentation design:

  • don’t use too much text on one slide. If you must have more text, duplicate the slide once or twice to be able to give the reader more time.
  • use as many relevant visuals as you can.
  • use arrows to point to explanations and help the viewer focus in on what you are trying to explain
  • make sure you don’t place text/titles too close to the edges of the slides, as they tend to be out of the frame, when Animoto pans across the slide.
  • use contrasting colors
  • use bigger font sizes
  • less on a slide is better

Here are some of their Animoto examples:

Currently there are "7 comments" on this Article:

  1. Hi,
    I liked your Animoto math presentations. I see you have to use real slow music to be able to see the slides for long enough. I hope you are enjoying preparing the presentations!
    .-= Reuven Werber´s last blog ..Study: US Youth Differ in Perception of Jewish Identity =-.

  2. [...] You’ll Love 1. Math music videos – Sylvia Tolisano (who blogs as Langwitches) created math music videos with her middle schoolers. Where can you use this with your students? If you can export to jpgs [...]

  3. [...] Silvia Tolisano – Maths videos – wait for the examples to load [...]

  4. Mike Welden says:

    Thanks for posting your students’ presentations. This is a great way to have them explore a topic. Making the presentation really requires them to understand what they have learned.

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