Move over, Salman Khan. Eric Marcos’ sixth-grade math students are making their own video tutorials to explain math to fellow students, reports KQED’s MindShift. Marcos, who teaches at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, California, has posted the videos on MathTrain.TV. There’s also a podcast and an iTunes app created by a student.
Often teaching is the best way to learn, Marcos says.
“I’ve heard kids say that when they were trying to explain how to divide fractions, they knew to flip the number over but they didn’t know why.” Because they were creating a tutorial video, “They found out that they didn’t know why” – and then, naturally, they found out why.”
. . . In the beginning, students “were just doing it to help their friends. They weren’t necessarily looking to help people out in Australia, but now they are.”
Marcos has created screencasts about how to make screencasts.
Marcos’ advice to other teachers? “Let them touch the computer,” he says. “That’s how the world changed for me, for all of us. If you give kids a little bit of trust and let them try out some stuff, they’re going to come up with fascinating things that will surprise you.”
Here’s one of the first video tutorials on calculating simple interest made by “Billy” (a girl’s pseudonym) in 2007.