Monday, January 28, 2013

How much time do you have?

Teachers: Do you ever find yourself with a little time on your hands and nothing planned? There are zillions of videos out there these days - many are awful and many are wonderful. If you have a short space in the day, you can treat your students to something fun and thought-provoking. Here are some videos I like, with running times, to keep up your sleeve for just the right moment.

Eratosthenes (2:16)
This guy figured out the size of the earth a very long time ago in an elegant way using his knowledge of geometry.

Richard Tapia (2:21)
The kid loved race cars and became a mathematician.

Frostie Dancing to Shake a Tail Feather (2:43)
What can I say? It’s a surefire mood improver.

OK Go, This Too Shall Pass (3:54)
A band makes a music video ala Rube Goldberg. A TV smashes, people are shot with paint.

Doodling in Math Class: Infinity Elephants (4:36)
Makes you want to grab a pencil and start drawing fractals.

Artist of the Floating World (4:47)
An artist creates a giant pair of floating dice and sets them adrift in the ocean.

Brooklyn’s Rube Goldberg (5:34)
A real page turner.