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 I came across this great video that describes the value and importance of mathematics to make many of the things we use everyday work better and more efficiently. I thought this would work great in a high school class to show students how important math is and why they need to learn it.

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Unfortunately, many high school students do not have the ability to sit still and pay attention long enough to get value from a video like this, even when it is as outstanding as this one is. Therefore, I had to "high school" it up a bit.

Here is the modified version.

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 Note: Teachers have not been able to use a video (by itself) in a high school classroom for many years. Administrators frown upon it, and often students feel like a video shown in class (good or not) is simply an excuse to goof off or sleep. This is an attempt to show what might be necessary to take a video (from ITunes or YouTube or whatever) and turn it into something that is more educational. There are two primary techniques used: first, inserting links to explanatory or additional content on a time appropriate basis when mentioned in the video, and second, random quizzes inserted to incent students to pay attention (or at least penalize them when they are not). These techniques are demonstrated for proof of concept more than simply to create a complete product. The process of converting the video into content suitable for a classroom takes significant time (6 hours or so and counting for the first 15 minutes of the 52 min source lecture). The software used for this process is Adobe Captivate. It may actually be more educational for the students themselves to perform this process of finding and adding additional content and creating quiz questions than for the teacher to do so, particularly when the time element is factored in.

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