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VOC Step 2: Introducing the project to students

This section does not apply if you pursue the online course without students, but we suggest to pursue it anyway so that you can understand the flow of the project with your students.

For a student project:

There are some things you have to tell your students before they can start working.

  • First, you should introduce the project in general: the role of video education in mathematics and that the students are going to produce videos that are related to mathematics.
  • vidumath is a European project, which means children from different countries should work on joint projects. You will show videos that were made by children in other countries and your students’ videos will be shown in other countries. If your school already has a tandem partner school, you can introduce this school.
  • To explain the method you can also use the Student guide available as a PowerPoint or online as a Flipbook
  • Show to the class some existing student videos which you find on YouTube: they show the technique you want the students to use. However the examples shouldn’t show the same mathematical topic otherwise they would stifle children’s creativity.
  • Present the mathematical topic, task or problem. If you use the project to introduce a new topic, it is useful to present the topic some days before the work on the videos actually starts. This enables the children to collect ideas in advance.
  • Explain the video filming technique that the children should use. Experience has shown that this doesn’t take much time. Most children of age between 9 and 12 years possess experience with video filming, some even with stop-motion. It is, however, very important that you explain what a storyboard is. You can find a lot of examples and templates on the internet.
  • Divide the class into groups of two to four children in the way you have decided beforehand.

Next Step 3: Students planning