"activity" as tutorial?



  • I’ve made a “private” activity … the idea being that people could learn to use GIMP and Geogebra to do some simple activities that are the kind I’ll want to include in my math lessons. Having lots and lots of examples of number lines to do different activities with would be nifty!

    I had already done a video on making a number line in GIMP ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzM4S3nEmqA ) … I could do the same for oh, four or five other tasks that would let somebody build a lesson (including the annoying "no, you have to click here! or it won’t work kinds of things…) and link to tutorials…

    I’m thinking this might draw people in who are curious about these tools… I don’t know, does it sound crazy?


  • administrators

    Hi Sue - sorry I missed this when you first posted! This is super interesting, and a cool way to leverage some collaborative spirit! I see no reason not to make the activity public, but think the first priority should be finding a co-editor. A push for this kind of thing can come later.



  • Definitely!
    I have an uptick in my twitter followers, and … they all have something to do with OER. So, my priority (besides the ‘fall semester is starting!’ stuff that will take over lots of time) is making it so people can have an idea why there is a need … and what it would look like. I’m going to put together some slide-like summaries to show how the “reforms” with acceleration and compression have done and the huge N of people not served, and … a couple (as in, 2, lofty goal :)) of examples of “multisensory” activities, all possible without digital …

    … I don’t think it’s just ‘hesitation’ that makes me want to have that before I go to my groups who know about disabilities, adult ed, etc. There’s just enough research showing that in the same breath that people acknowledge a given problem w/ (especially math) education, they assure that “but we don’t have that problem because we do all these cool things…” – including a big California study specifically about developmental math. They did a tracking thing and showed teachers that, for example, of 106 students who started in their math class… 5 years later … 7 of them had successfully passed a college level math class…


  • administrators

    That makes a lot of sense, Sue - taking your time to get the right approach. As I think I mentioned on our call last week, I really think this will just ‘click’ with people and they’ll be on board!


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