Students can create video story problems
It’s not always easy for students in STEM disciplines to relate to the premise of a traditional word problem. The content may seem dry to the students, or they may have no experience with the situation being described. Ben Rimes, a school technology coordinator from Michigan is responding to this concern with a strategy called Video Story Problems.
Video story problems are an attempt to capture examples from the real world and bring them into the classroom. The idea reminds me of Dan Meyer’s What Can You Do With This technique.
The videos I saw were primarily aimed at school kids, but the example below should be one to which college faculty can relate.
Creating a video story problem is an excellent way for a college student (or professor or TA) to show their grasp of a concept. Videos created by one class can become learning tools for students in the next semester’s class.
Before you have students create a video story problem, make one yourself. You don’t have to be a champion videographer. If you want, use screencast software or film with a cell phone camera. Ben Rimes provides a Video Story Problem Planning Template to help you get started.
>> Check out Ben’s blog, The Tech Savvy Educator <<