This is a little embarrassing. The link below will take you to a video of me, circa 2003, pimpin’ it for HMH. It is a promotional video for their adaptive software program, Destination Math. Figured I’d better post it before someone else does. Growth through humility.
Video was great. I am sure you are glad you had that made!D
Questions more than comments. May require offline answers 🙂
(1) Do you still hold same view(s) of Destination Math as you did when video was made? Why/why not.
(2) Do you believe that text book companies have helped improve the rigor of math by creating their on line product?
(3) If you keep in contact with students from that class, how do they remember that year in math….
(4) What did Destination Math help you learn as you integrate more technology into your classroom.
(5) How do you discuss with a math major (or engineering, etc. ) who comes to teach math the value of Destination Math technology?
1. Have not checked in with Destination Math since then. Many more players in the space, and adaptive means a whole lot more now than it did then.
2. Unqualified to say, but if you mean the big three, when you say, textbook companies, I think probably not. Rigor to me means higher level thinking skills. From my experience, the big three have focused on the lower level targets dictated by NCLB.
3. Very limited contact with those former students. They might friend me on facebook, but I never ask them about DM.
4. Connection to story and characters is powerful.
5. Most math edtech is a great supplement to the real work of teaching. Use it for content delivery or drilling or as a reward for doing hard work. The most important work in education is that which is done by a trained professional, passionate about inspiring learning in others.