Since my personal commitment to teaching this year is finding the relevance of mathematics in my student’s world, I decided I was going to let the students choose their own research topic for their second term project: “Math in….” Here is my description.
Sarah Ludwig, our Academic Technology Coordinator, came to class on the first day of the project to teach students about research. They narrowed down their topics and she guided them in finding good sources. The second day, I introduced GlogsterEdu to students who had not used it before. This went very well and the students were excited about exploring all the options Glogster had to offer. After a bit of “play time”, we refocused our efforts on the research and continued to guide students in making good choices for graphics and videos, and in turning their research into their own words.
The topics students chose included “Math in Basketball”, “Math in Music”, “Math in Cooking”, “Math in Warfare”, “Math in Football”, “Math in Baseball”, and many more! I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at how excited the students were! These topics were definitely things that interested them and they were actually researching what MATH had to do with them! YAY!
The students worked hard on this project and they are being submitted to me tonight, AHEAD of the deadline! I am so excited for their presentations on Friday!
Here’s a preview of some that were finished early: