Tuesday, July 30, 2013

STEMbite - YouTube Channel

STEMbite – YouTube Channel


Quantitative Reading Level:  

Depending on the science and math topic being studied these videos could be appropriate for as low as 4th grade and up to 12th grade.

Qualitative Reading Analysis:

Although this is not a text you can use some of the concepts in the “Text Complexity: Qualitative Measures Rubric for Informational Text” to look at how difficult these videos might be for students to understand.  What is nice about these videos is that he looks at science and math through the lens of ordinary, everyday objects which helps with the knowledge demands.  Because these videos are about science and math a moderate level of subject specific knowledge is needed so I would classify these videos as Middle High.

This YouTube channel is made by teacher Andrew Vanden Heuvel.  These videos are all roughly 2 minutes long and cover topics in science and math.  I viewed a video on probability (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4uGLkhvQ1g) which could be seen as simply an intro to the topic for 5th graders and could involve some higher calculations for high school students.  Another video I watched was about gears (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlD8yku95E4&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLNNCUNuTXfdG7HcBbFGpR_Cr-OJsiJaZR) .  Again this video could supplement a study on simple machines in 5th or 6th grade or could be a bit more advanced in looking at cars and how gears work with them.  His video on species and breeds using Jelly Bellies (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4OpT4GAsgY) would be a great introduction to classification studies in biology.  

Content Area: Physics, Biology, Technology, Math

Curriculum Suggestions:

This site would be fabulous for introducing math and science concepts or following up a lesson.  I would love to see students then make their own videos following his model and see for themselves how math and science are all around us.

Personal Thoughts:

These videos were a lot of fun.  I could easily see using these videos as lesson starters or even as fillers when you have a few minutes here and there before a special or lunch.  Even if they didn’t specifically tie in with a topic being discussed they are short enough and engaging enough that students would get something out of them.

Subjects/Themes: Physics, Biology, Technology, Math

High Interest Annotation:  Explanations of Science and Math concepts in everyday life.

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