Alan next shows us “Bob’s” Prime Factorization screencast.
Assign kids to be Tutorial Designers
- We underestimate the work students will do when their work contributes to the learning of other kids.
- The real power of the web is to build community between people to harness the collective knowledge to benefit the community. This is critical work. The web is not just a giant fancy search engine.
- Alan suggests “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink. Students need to know how to design. Bob learned how to design a tutorial AND math. Teachers don’t have time to make these tutorials, but kids do.
- A child explaining prime factoring might be able to get through to students that teachers can’t reach. Plus, once a kid does one of these tutorials, all the rest of the kids want to do it.
- Alan suggests Jing, and then don’t use it yourself–tell a kid to figure it out and report back to you Alan knows that kids know better than we do. (Please note, that Andrea hearts Jing).
- Noted making a virtual index with Altavista
- Told of an autistic boy who can’t face people, but can do a beautiful algebra lesson facing the board. This type of tutorial would allow autistic students to contribute to the learning of other children.