For one of my classes (two sections) I was given an 89 Gig Ipod Video. This class is (badly) called the Gateway class, and it is a quarter of Post Alg 2 mathematics in Finance, a quarter of Mathematics in Art, a quarter of Mathematics in Technology / Computers, and a quarter of Mathematics in Medicine/ the Human body.
It is a very different kind of math class, where only seniors can take it. It will be mathematically rigorous, but 100% focused on the mathematics in each of these areas.
So, back to the ipod. Part of the issue with this is I need, I mean really NEED to use it. After all, my district just paid $400 for me and five other teachers to each have these ipods. If we don’t use them in class, we are in some deep doo doo trouble.
So I have made a goal for myself of finding, in advance, two to three videos that are relevant to the course each day. I have watched a lot of YouTube crap, let me tell you. Of course there is also DNATube, TeacherTube, Teachers.tv, and Vimeo where you can find some good stuff. There is also TED.
I have been using these sites to find good video. Today I watched this one, and it blew me away. Who know fractals and Africa had such a rich history, and that that exact history influenced Western culture to such a high degree. I did not.
If the player doesn’t work (I had it work and not work) here is the link: Ted Talk – Ron Eglash