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9-12 | Math | Video Production
Station KLRU in Texas
My Classroom Innovation
This video assists Geometry students when classifying triangles by sides and angles in addition to describing the various congruency theorems and postulates. The instruction in “Triangle Style” is set to the background music of “Gangnam Style” and includes a high degree of student participation.
The OnInnovation video, “A Culture of Distraction” describes how the next American generation has grown up believing that wealth and success is a birthright. Millenials for the most part are entranced by media that displays partying and opulence, but few lack an appreciation for the hard work that precedes this success.
The original “Gangnam Style” video is a perfect representation of this mindset, and I worked to create a video that intertwined the message in “A Culture of Distraction” and “Gangnam Style” in order to show that hard work and having fun are not mutually exclusive. I understand that in order to gain the attention of my students, I need to create a product that identifies with them. My video is innovative as a result of this juxtaposition.
I include definitions, diagrams, and problems associated with triangles in Geometry, and the students cannot help but be immersed in this instruction while enjoying the presentation. Students begin to appreciate the merits of mathematics in my classroom because they see the content as approachable. “If Mr. Rogers can relate math to the most popular YouTube video of all time,” they ask themselves, “how can I not enjoy this class!”
How Students were Engaged
At its core, “Triangle Style” is an engaging method for introducing triangles to high school Geometry students. The lyrics are rich with mathematical content, and the video contains footage and stills that the students want to see. Because the students have fun during the filming, editing, and viewing of the video, this process involves spirited learning from start to finish.
I received rave reviews from the students about their inability to remember the lyrics from the original “Gangnam Style” video, and I even heard a few students whispering the words to themselves as they completed an assessment. The video allowed students to perform better on quizzes and tests because of two main reasons: 1) the video created a mnemonic for triangle vocabulary, and 2) class became more enjoyable to them, so their attention and focus during instruction vastly improved.
The most sensational byproduct of the “Triangle Style” video, however, was the insistence by the students that they create their own videos. With their urging, I developed a project called “Students Teaching Students: Video Tutorials” which allows students to create their own triangle videos. This practical application of the content will deeply immerse students in the creation phase of learning and help students around the globe when we upload their educational videos to YouTube.
PBS Program/Content Used
A Culture of Distraction with Dean Kamen