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Cultivating Communications Skills and Building Technological Aptitude Through Math

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David Dumas  
Cara Norton  

Learn about the Math Video Challenge, a free program that challenges students in grades 6-8 to create an original video that solves a math problem in a real-world context. Participants will walk away with effective strategies for incorporating project-based learning into math and technology instruction.

Audience: Teachers, Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-8
Subject area: Math, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session, middle school math educators learn how to incorporate technology and project-based learning into instruction through the Math Video Challenge (MVC)—a free program that empowers students to explore math and use technology creatively. Participants will:
• Learn strategies for tailoring this project to make it work for their students.
• Access to rubrics and lesson plans they can use immediately.
• Have the opportunity to walk through a “mock” MVC, so they can guide their own students. This could include brainstorming real-world applications of Common Core-aligned math problems and mapping a video plan and storyboard.
• Learn about technology and online resources available to MVC students and educators.
• Watch clips of past winners to see examples of high-level student-made videos.

Supporting research

MVC is a program provided by the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization with the mission to improve student attitudes about math and problem-solving. An independent study by WestEd lauded the MVC as highly effective, and it has been named an Accomplished Program by Change the Equation. This program provides access to the communications and technology skills students need—by challenging students to do new things with technology they already have and exploring videomaking technology.

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Cara Norton, MATHCOUNTS Foundation

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