“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough”
If a student understands a topic they can teach it to anyone. I have used "Teach the Class" projects before (as explained in a previous post) but I wanted something more defined. I had both of my preps choose a topic (that I had predetmined) to present in the video. Now, I gave each group the breakdown of what type or problem I wanted them to present on and an example to model off of. They had either a 1 or 1.5 days in class to finish the problems that they would present on and turn those into me and then 2 full days in class to record/upload/edit their video. Students could NOT record until their problems were checked and approved by me.
Then I created playlists for each class on my YouTube account and we watched the video as their review for their final test. Each topic that was presented was a review topic--not real sure how I feel about this as a method for all students to learn 10 new topics. Most groups worked really really well and created great videos!
As a class, we then spent 2 days watching the videos. This served as their review for their final test! I also brought in popcorn for one day and set up the seats auditorium style. As a double bonus--these videos were available for them to watch at home in preparation for their final test.
1) Limit the number of problems each group presents--aim for the videos to be between 6 and 12 minutes.
2) Limit the number of people in group to 2-3. Any more and it becomes more difficult to film and make sure everyone has an equal part in the video
3) There were a few issues with uploading so make sure to stress the importance of figuring that out with you the teacher asap. I ended up letting the groups that could not upload present in class with some points removed.
4) Also...it can take videos 48 hours to come up when searched for. Whoops! Either make the project due a few days before you plan on showing it or have students e-mail you the link.
I do plan on using this project again but I will structure it a WHOLE lot more. Overall, the students enjoyed it and it was great to see all their hard work!
Links to Each Classes Playlist:
3rd Period Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL97C49542A167ED67&feature=view_all
4th Period Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5622AB2BE01B9A49&feature=view_all
5th Period Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3AC9A5D7DFB5CCDF&feature=view_all
7th Period Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3029588AC30DBD28&feature=view_all
8th Period Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0F7EF5E935C9E604&feature=mh_lolz
Educator who loves math and working with students.