Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How My Students Impressed Me In The First Week

I started the year by prompting my students with this.

The idea was lifted from Justin Lanier, and this post is dedicated to him.

I was impressed by their video creations. When given the chance (and the freedom to produce what they want) the results can be inspiring, touching, creative, and some were just funny. They had a blast making them and in the end the students and teacher learned some things along the way. This is a great way to start the year.

Thank you Justin


Video 9

In other news, my blog was being attacked by someone who thought spamming in the comments will help his/her business.
I contacted the company based in India and I managed to get a response.
They apologized and removed me from their marketing strategy.
Sorry for the distraction.


  1. I just watched video 9 because it was on the email, and I LOVED IT!! Just as you said, it was so creative and wonderful! And full of knowledge! Yea Units!! Now I see you posted more, so I'll need to go watch them too! Thank you for sharing this.

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed that one Debbie. Amazing how students can create wonderful productions if we give them a chance. I'm still very impressed by the work they put in. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Nico:

    I enjoyed watching the videos your students created on YouTube. This is a great way to get students to use their imagination and be creative. I am definitely going to use this in my classroom.

    I also loved video 9. This is a very neat way to illustrate math using Legos and technology.

    Thanks for the post!

    Jamie Baxter

  4. Hello again, this is Eric Merryman from EDM310 attending the University of South Alabama with my class blog at It is great for students to learn how to use YouTube, the pressure is strong enough for them to try hard to do well but not overly strong to discourage them. Students watch YouTube everyday, might as well have them learn how to use it. All of the videos were done really well, good stuff!

  5. Hi everyone, this is a great example of how to get kids engaged with math through video and technology! In researching similar techniques I've stumbled across a "Math Video Challenge" Competition put on by a nonprofit called MATHCOUNTS Foundation that follows the same principles. Students are asked to create a video portraying a real world example of a math problem, and then that video can be entered for prizes including a trip to Disney. Here's a link to last year's winning video:

    Its truly amazing how engaging kids on their level using their technology can really make a difference in their attitude towards math. I hope some of your readers will consider doing this challenge with their students!

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  7. Wow great dear. All the good videos you shared for our help. Super sharing for me. It is a perfect online math homework help for me.

  8. Nico - This is wonderful! Would you be willing to share some details about the assignment - was it more specific than what you put on the board? Did you give the students suggestions regarding apps or software? And finally, how long did you give them to work on this (in and out of class)? Thanks - Wendy Menard, Brooklyn

  9. Kids are really so inspiring! What is the general feeling of kids using social media in class. I'm referring to youtube as socialmedia in this case.

  10. NICO, it truly is amazing the things kids these days can dos. I am 21 years old and they are already doing things successfully that I am just now learning to do. I have never had nor read a blog before so its cool to see what they come up with. Enjoyed watching your videos.

  11. Hi, My name is Janae Ivory, a secondary math education major at the University of South Alabama. All I can say after watching these videos is "WOW!" Amazing! I liked the the second video so much because the number one question I always hear is "When will I ever use math?', and that video addressed that question. Your students did a wonderful job. this makes me so excited to become a math teacher now. Thanks for Sharing!

    Janae Ivory's EDM 310 blog

    EDM Class Blog

  12. Hey, I just wanna say it's truly awesome to see these kids are really so inspiring. This is a best math work for me.

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